Barsa Extends Daytime Hours

bildeBarsa’s not just for night owls anymore.

The tapas restaurant – which I recently enjoyed to the tune of three stars – this week adopted a 12 noon-12 midnight schedule. And the hours stay the same every day, so it’s easy to remember.

In good European fashion, there isn’t a specific lunch menu: The same food is served from open to close, so you can (and should) get your pan-roasted red snapper at any hour.

For more information, visit barsacharleston.com. The restaurant is located at 58 Line St.

Fish Eliminates Lunch Service

One of the first restaurants to brave upper King Street is adjusting its schedule to reflect the changing character of the neighborhood.

With so many diners now flocking to the area, Fish is doing away with the lunch program it devised to draw customers who might be skittish about venturing north of Calhoun Street at night. According to Christie Gregovich of operator Patrick Properties Hospitality Group, lunch wasn’t part of the 13-year old restaurant’s original business plan.

“The thought was really to give folks a reason to come to this side of town,” Gregovich says of the popular $10 lunch deal. “Now with the development of the neighborhood and growth in foot traffic, we can really be truer to our business model and respond to what we see as a stronger call to offer dinner service on Sundays.” Continue reading

Savannah Food & Wine Festival Announces Schedule

Fuel’s Alex McMahan, who yesterday failed to follow in his father’s footsteps with a Taste of Charleston waiters’ race victory, may not have to wait an entire year to avenge the loss: There’s another waiters’ race on the schedule for the first-ever Savannah Food & Wine Festival.

But for prospective attendees who don’t have any interest in maneuvering an obstacle course while grasping a serving tray, the Nov. 11-17 festival also features plenty of less-energetic events, including wine dinners, tastings and cooking demonstrations. Chefs scheduled to participate include Hugh Acheson, Chris Hastings, Steven Satterfield, Anthony Lamas and Kent Rathbun.

According to a release, the event is “poised to set the bar high.”

Ticket prices vary by session; the complete schedule is posted here.