Two iconic restaurants in Greer have announced name and ownership changes but will keep their menus intact.
Greer Station Diner, becomes effective Friday, and will continue under Scott and Maria Marsh, owner-operators of Greer Station Café. It’s the third name change, formerly Southern Thymes Café, within a year at the restaurant at 219 Trade Street.
Thom Behtz, ALDI Jefferson division vice president, answered a series of questions about ALDI’s coming into the Greer market. Behtz explains the store’s decision where to locate, when it will open, the store model, and the company’s purchasing philosophy.
Jim Fair: The main entry into the property will be from Mt. Vernon Road, while ALDI will face Wade Hampton Blvd. Why is a side entrance and a traffic signal at the store’s entrance part of its selection philosophy? What goes into site selection for ALDI in a community?
A less-stressed Chris VanderBerghe was telling all who asked, opening night at Wild Ace Pizza and Pub on Thursday, “was the easiest opening we have ever had.”
Ovation Brands announced the promotion of company veteran Richard Wykes to senior vice president (SVP) of Restaurant Operations for the company’s Buffet Division, and the expansion of duties of Chip Romp to vice president of training and operations support spanning both the Buffet and Ryan’s divisions. Pete Pascuzzi retains the role of SVP of Restaurant Operations for the Ryan’s Division. The positions report to Greg Graber, chief operating officer for the company.
“We have been laser-focused on reinventing our brands and even pioneered a new segment in our category we call family casual. We now feature the ‘best of both worlds,’ with individually made, fresh for you entrees, but still offer all you can eat variety. The elevated menu offerings paired with updated decor and casual dining level service and hospitality have contributed to the incredible success we are experiencing,” said Anthony Wedo, CEO and president of Ovation Brands. “This move continues our mission of celebrating the uniqueness of our brands by having strong brand leaders focused on each division to continue to customize our operations and offerings.”
Bojangles’ announced its customers raised a record-breaking $584,689 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) during its 14th annual Shamrocks Against Dystrophy in-store fundraiser. That provides 730 children affected by neuromuscular diseases to MDA summer camp.
“We’re thankful for the support of our loyal customers whose generosity has helped provide funds for hundreds of incredible children to experience a magical week at MDA Summer Camp,” Bojangles’ President and CEO Clifton Rutledge, said.
Greer High School grads from every generation will be holding their annual reunion on Saturday, May 16 at Greer City Hall. The event is free.
The Price family, owners of Smith & James, Chelsea’s and Trims on Trade, are the presenting sponsors. Smith & James is celebrating its 99th year in business in downtown Greer.
More than the 600 grads who attended the 2014 Greer High Alumni Reunion are expected this year and there will be more restaurant seating availability – inside and out – with the new Wild Ace Pizza and Pub on Depot Street scheduled to open later this month.
Carolina Vine & Branch held its grand opening Monday at The Depot at 300 Randall Street, suite G.
Kim Berry is owner of store that features an inventory of oils and vinegars and a mixing and matching of pairings and combinations.
Workers are putting the finishing touches on the Wild Ace Pizza and Pub interior and nearly finished with its exterior at its new aviation-themed restaurant at 103 Depot Street.
Glass was installed in the restaurant’s tower that can be seen throughout the city – topping out at 32-feet. The airplane wing has been assembled on the Depot Street side of the building and its artwork is scheduled for completion within a week.