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Ovation Brands makes leadership changes for reinvention rollout
AUG 28, 2014

George Wooten
Divisional Chief for Buffet

Ovation Brands announced a change in operations leadership and corporate structure as the brand prepares to roll out its reinvention to the entire system.

Restaurant pros George Wooten and Pete Pascuzzi, who have been spearheading re-concepting efforts across the enterprise in executive leadership capacities, will be assuming new roles as Divisional Chiefs for the Buffet and Ryan’s brands, respectively, and both will report to COO Greg Graber.

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Under the Radar is big winner at Sooie't Relief BBQ competition
AUG 27, 2014

Under the Radar is big winner at Sooie't Relief BBQ competition

Under the Radar won Grand Champion and Waylon’s Wickedly Good Q was Reserve Champion at the 4th Annual Sooie’t Relief BBQ competition last weekend.

There was $9,000 in prize money distributed.

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Dalby couldn't find tomatoes and corn to his liking, so he grew them
AUG 27, 2014

David Dalby reaches into a tomato plant to thin them out.
 

David Dalby wanted fresh tomatoes and corn so he grew them.

Now Dalby has too many tomatoes among varieties that are still producing bite-size black cherry among his Heirloom, Beefsteak and Better Boys. There are 42 quarts of tomatoes canned, so far.

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Cameroon Cigars has a new owner
AUG 26, 2014

Cameroon Cigars and Accessories has remained open during the transaction between new owners.
 

Don Broadhurst has purchased Cameroon Cigars and Accessories from owners Mark Grant, his wife Anna Marie, and partner Dixon Howard. Sara Church is the store’s general manager.

The store, at 207 Trade Street, has remained open through the transaction.

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Southern Thymes Cafe is closed
AUG 25, 2014

Southern Thymes' handwritten signage says it all.

Southern Thymes Café closed Monday nearly seven months after its chef proclaimed “RIP Meat and 3”.

Southern Thymes at 219 Trade Street, had signage on its window and door announcing its closing and thanking customers for their support on Monday. A separate hand-written sign announced the restaurant was for sale.

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Taunting adds some extra flavor to BBQ competition
AUG 22, 2014

Brianca Kruse cuts the fat off the meat to prepare it for the cooker. Sascha, her husband, and Brianca are competing as the German Redneck Cookers for the first time in Greer.
 
 

• Schedule of events

• Road closures

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BBQ festival launched with Wing Fling today
AUG 22, 2014

Beef brisket is on the menu for the Sooie't Relief BBQ Benefit Friday and Saturday.
 

Some of the best barbecue cooked east of the Red River will be competing for $9,000 in prize money in the two-day 4th Annual Sooie’t Relief BBQ Benefit this weekend in Greer Station.

The Wing Fling competition featuring grilled and smoked wings will be tasted and judged Friday night. The Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned cook-off Saturday features chicken, pork and beef.

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Downtown road closures set for weekend BBQ festival
AUG 21, 2014

Road closures have been announced for Friday and Saturday’s Sooie’t Relief BBQ Benefit in downtown Greer.

Cookers arriving Thursday from noon to 9 p.m. will park in the cooker lot. The festival is 6-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday.

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Buncombe Road corridor gets boost with Bojangles' opening
AUG 20, 2014

It was family time at Bojangles' at Buncombe today. Children were invited, with other customers, to spin a wheel trying to land on a space offering prizes.
 
 

Bojangles’ at Buncombe is considered another feather in the development of the Buncombe Road/Hwy. 14 to Wade Hampton Blvd. corridor.

The fast-food restaurant had its ribbon cutting today with city executives and Bojangles’ corporate officials officially welcoming customers to its first store serving the rapidly growing Riverside community.

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Grease fire closes Mason Jar kitchen, bar remains open
AUG 19, 2014

The Greer Fire Department responded to a grease fire that was quickly extinguished at the Mason Jar at 202 Trade Street Tuesday afternoon.
 

The Greer Fire Department was called to the Mason Jar restaurant at 202 Trade Street Tuesday afternoon for a small grease fire.

No other damage was were reported to attached businesses.

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Brother vs. brother featured at Chef360 Throwdown
AUG 17, 2014

Chef Jarod Higgins, from South Beach, Fla., had a throwdown at Chef360 in Greer.
 

• Gallery

Chef Peter Collins thought it would be interesting to have a cooking throw down pitting brother versus brother.

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Catwalk for a Cure features downtown merchants
AUG 16, 2014

Catwalk for a Cure features downtown merchants

Greer Merchants are collaborating to stage Catwalk for a Cure, a fashion event at Grace Hall this fall. Partnered with the Susan G. Coleman foundation, the event will be raising awareness for Breast Cancer.

Models will be walking the runway with 48 men and women outfits from Greer Station Association merchants: Chelsea’s, Greer Trading Post, Gregory’s, Maiale, Smith & James, Talloni and Southern Sisters. Vendors will sell crafts, jewelry and scarves.

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Bojangles' at Buncombe opens Monday, just in time for school
AUG 15, 2014

Bojangles' is featuring a first-of-its-kind digital menu board for the area.
 

Bojangles’ at 900 S. Buncombe Road will open Monday at 5 a.m. It’s the newest brand franchise for local restaurateurs Allen and Lee Johnston, of Chix and Bix LLC.

A grand opening will be celebrated Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Mayor Rick Danner, other dignitaries and “Big Bo”, Bojangles’ mascot attending the ribbon cutting.

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Ryan's giving away backpacks on Family Night
AUG 12, 2014

Ryan's giving away backpacks on Family Night

Free backpacks will be distributed to the first 100 kids at Ryan’s buffet restaurants on Thursday from 5-8 p.m.

It’s a win-win for the kids as Ryan’s celebrates Family Night – kids eat for 99 cents or $1.99, depending on the participating location – every Thursday. Ryan’s also offers its Breakfast for Dinner special on Thursday nights.

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GCM stumping to earn Taylor, Meals on Wheels volunteer, national honor
AUG 11, 2014

Bruce Taylor checked in for his Meals on Wheels delivery route Monday. The candy dish, to his left, is reportedly a favorite stop for Taylor before leaving Greer Community Ministries.
 
 

Bruce Taylor, 91, is too busy to politick for the “American Volunteer Contest for Meals on Wheels”.

But Greer Community Ministries isn’t shy and is campaigning on Taylor’s behalf to recognize him nationally in a Facebook contest (vote here), with 37 entries, that ends voting at midnight Wednesday.

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Blue Ridge Brewing Company coming to Greer
AUG 6, 2014

Blue Ridge Brewing Company coming to Greer

Blue Ridge Brewing Company is coming to Greer and will occupy the former building that housed The Cazbah at 308 Trade Street.

It will be the brewing company’s second location. It has played a vital part in Greenville downtown’s resurgence and is located at 217 N. Main Street.

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'Miss Saigon' is technically challenging
AUG 2, 2014

Diana Huey plays Kim in

The joy in Kim’s voice and on her face are evident and as she dreams of being reunited with her husband. “We might even breathe the same air tonight,” sings Kim.

Flat Rock Playhouse presents “Miss Saigon” as part of their Season of Laughter and Love. This tragic musical, adapted from Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly” by the creators of “Les Miserables”, is set during the Vietnam War and tells the story of the powerful love between an American G.I. and a young Vietnamese girl.

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