DYK that today is the start of South Carolina Restaurant Week? Hosted annually by the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, during the next 10 days (Jan. 7-17) we can all do our part to help support an industry that was hit particularly hard in 2020.
Here is a little recap of everything that happened to the restaurant and hospitality industry.
On March 26, the City of Charleston issued a Stay at Home order. Restaurants were considered an essential business so they were permitted to remain open, but only to offer to go meals, which prompted the “Carry Out Wednesday movement.”
Then, Gov. McMaster issued the Work or Home order for all of South Carolina, which went into effect on April 7, and mandated that all citizens stay home unless going to work, visiting immediate family, seeking medical attention or picking up groceries.(Que the banana bread recipes we all tried while missing our favorite restaurants.) This remained in effect until May 4 when restaurants were allowed to reopen for takeout + outdoor seating only. Those that chose to reopen at this time had to follow specific guidelines such as spacing tables + requiring staff to wear masks.
While most restaurants are hopeful for the future, some have only been able to rehire30-40% of their original staff and others faced tougher decisions to close all together. RIP – One Broad, Parcel 32, Fulton Five, Blossom, HōM, McCrady’s, need we go on?
Fast forward to the first week of January in 2021. Restaurant week is upon us once again. The goal is to raise awareness about local restaurants + provide the opportunity to try something new.
Typically, Restaurant Week brings everyone out of the house – encouraging making reservations + dining in local restaurants that offer exclusive deals for this week alone. However,due to coronavirus precautions, most participating restaurants will also offer carry out options to keep the support going even if it’s not in their dining rooms.
So, who’s hungry to support our local restaurants?
Coronavirus ○ Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Carnival Cruise Line has cancelled all trips in the United States through March 31, 2021. In addition, the Carnival Sunshinewill not be operating from Oct. 11, 2021-Nov. 13, 2021. Read more here. 🚢 (WCIV) ○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, and here for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina andaccelerateSC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats on South Carolina’s employment, business, economy, education, and more.
Development ○ Three new, low-cost supermarkets – Ald, Lidl + Opie – plan to expand throughout the Lowcountry this year. Aldi and Lidl currently have multiple locations in the Charleston area, but Opie’s store (which provides drive-thru grocery stations) on Highway 17 is the first of its kind. Read more on the expansions here. (Post and Courier) ○ The Department of Housing and Urban Development is currently looking at plans for a new apartment complex downtown Charleston on Romney + North Nassau Streets. Developers hope to construct four buildings of eight stories, offering over 300 apartment units. (WCSC)
Civic ○ In response to its racial bias audit, the Charleston Police Department has reformedits protocol forlogging traffic stops. Now, each police officer is required to fill out a “field contact card” after stopping anyone, whether that person be traveling on foot, by car or by bike. (WCSC)
Trending ○ The casting directors of “Outer Banks,”a Netflix show currently filming in Charleston, are looking for adult extras to workon set through the end of January. Those interested must be 18+ and can submit an application here. (WCBD)
ForParents ○ Sports are an important part of life for many students. Dr. Robert Sullivan, an orthopaedic surgeon at Roper St. Francis Healthcare, discusses 4 ways to keep young athletes injury-free – and in the game. ⛹Ⓟ
This week, local author Eden Royce – in accordance with HarperCollins– released her first Young Adult novel, “Root Magic.” 📚
The book is set on Wadmalaw Island in the 1960s and highlights the time’s struggle with racial inequality + segregation while also delving into the fantastical power of ancestral rootwork. Join twin siblings Jez + Jay as they learn all about the ancient magic of the Gullah-Geechee people and embark on a journey to save their hometown. 🧙🏾♀️
You can find “Root Magic” in digital or physical format here or check in with local bookstores. 📖
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ForKids ○ Winter Craft Night| Thurs., Jan. 7 | 5-8 p.m. | East Bay Deli (West Ashley), 858 Savannah Hwy. | Free with purchase of adult meal | With the purchase of an adult meal, receive a free kids meal + supplies to make foam penguins.
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