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Weekly Summary: Blue Ridge Brewery (Greer), Tropical Grille, Moe Joe’s, and More!

 

Couple of newsworthy items so let’s do this!

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Blue Ridge Brewery opened up on Tuesday, June 14 in Downtown Greer.

The long-awaited Blue Ridge Brewing Co. opens in downtown Greer today at 4 p.m.

Bob Hiller, owner of the brewpub 308 Trade Street, said the restaurant received its alcohol permit Friday, trained staff over the weekend and held a soft opening Monday night for loyal customers.

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Moe Joe’s closed abruptly last week. According to this thread it was due to noise complaints and their business license not being renewed.

Facebook page says that their business license wasn’t renewed due to noise complaints.

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Bangkok Thai which has been off Pelham Road for a very long time is closed due to that shopping center being reused as a school or something else. They are moving to Haywood Road.

Bangkok Thai Cuisine closed on May 21st. Forced out by school / landlord. Relocating to Haywood Rd between Conn’s and Redwing. I think that’s the old Kannika’s Thai Kitchen location.

Renovations underway.

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Sounds like Kitchen Sync is getting close to opening now.

My wife and I were invited to a soft opening last night at Kitchen Sync. This is a new, local restaurant on Laurens Road (near Schwaben House). The owners have done a phenomenal job transforming the old Coble Dairy building into a functional space (with an open, spacious kitchen). When possible, reclaimed materials were used for the interior remodel.

This restaurant emphasizes local, fresh, ingredients. Our meals were great and prices seem appropriate for the quality.

Last word: KS offers made-to-order pizzas that are just as good as Sidewall Pizza.

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Another local taco place has opened up on Pelham (in the Publix shopping center).
Tipsy Taco, a new locally owned and operated restaurant here in Greenville will provide the area with an exceptional dining experience. Co-owners Trish Balentine and Roger Carlton, who both have a passion for good food at a great value, are committed to using only the freshest ingredients in all of menu items. Our flavors are bold, creative and distinct, specializing in street tacos, tamales and other Tex-Mex favorites, our made-from-scratch artisan approach is the cornerstone of our flavor profile.
Their address is:
215 Pelham Road
Suite B206
Greenville, SC 29615
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Tropical Grille announced their Mauldin location as a standalone restaurant. If you’ve not had their food yet then drop everything and go now! Some of the best Cuban food you’ll ever eat.

Tropical Grille has become a hub for mouth-watering Cuban cuisines with its four Upstate locations. Now, the Greenville-based restaurant is opening its first freestanding space in Mauldin.

The 3,000-square-foot restaurant, located at 108 North Main St., will be the largest Tropical Grille to date and will feature outdoor patio seating and a drive thru.

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Weekend News: Oakblue Kitchen (Downtown Greenville), Pet Supplies Plus (Taylors), Guitar Center (Spartanburg), and More!

Happy Friday the 13th! Trust you aren’t too superstitious about this freaky day. 🙂 So let’s jump right into a few news bits that’s hit our inboxes lately:

 

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A brand new restaurant is opening up in Downtown Greenville called Oakblue Kitchen. According to their website it looks like they’ll be serving Korean BBQ and Southern Staples (whatever that means). They will be opening up in the former Bravo location on Main Street.

A Korean BBQ restaurant will be a great boon for downtown. That’s one niche that’s non-existant so far.

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In the Hampton Village shopping center there’s been a few changes. Miniature World of Trains has closed up as well as Wade Hampton Country Buffet. Rumor has it that the Pizza Hut that’s in that center will be opening up a sit down restaurant where the buffet used to be.

Also, the construction has started where the old Sonic used to be for a new Starbucks based on the info that we’ve received.

And finally, a new pet supplies store will be opening up where the Office Depot used to be. Pet Supplies Plus is the name of the store and this will be their first Upstate location (closest one is up in Asheville, NC). You can see where they’ll be located at on this development sheet.

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Speaking of pizza. This new Chicago-style pizza place called Old Chicago is coming to the Upstate. It sounds like it might be a few years out though.

The first of the new locations is scheduled to open in Myrtle Beach late this year, with two other locations planned to open in Greenville and Spartanburg in the next three years.

Old Chicago specializes in handcrafted pizzas and craft beer. The restaurant offers classic pub fare like chicken wings and specialty burgers, as well as a variety of pizzas. The restaurant features traditional Chicago style, as well as thin crust varieties, and 30 craft beers on tap.

The restaurant currently has 100 locations in 24 states

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Here’s hoping they open sooner than 3 years though!

 

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Got a tip from one our readers that QT will be opening yet another location in the Spartanburg area

QT is a great place to be honest. Clean, good food, good gas prices. Glad to see them continuing their expansion and growth in the Upstate.

 

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The Haywood Road area continues to be refreshed and updated. Looks like The Gallery shopping area is getting a parking lot renovation that will be fantastic.

Major appearance changes are planned at The Gallery shopping center on Haywood Road. A New York company, DNA Property Management, plans to develop a courtyard and renovate a side building to accommodate outdoor recreation retailers.

Weinstein said the side building, a former restaurant, is being gutted, and the renovation includes an exterior “elevation plan” to visually enhance the space for retailers such as running stores or bicycle stores. He said city approval is being sought for that project, which will start first.

The courtyard will follow in the area outside of Cici’s, Weinstein said.

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According to sources, one of the new shops going in will be Performance Bicycle

The new Performance Bicycle is going to be in the vacated Grille 33 restaurant space. I saw people working on that building last week.

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Guitar Center opened up yesterday in Spartanburg.

Los Angeles-based music instrument retailer Guitar Center celebrated the grand opening of its Spartanburg store on Thursday.

The company kicked off its fourth store in South Carolina at 1487 W.O. Ezell Blvd. with a live performance by the Charleston-based band Top Jimmy, exclusive savings and gear giveaways.

The store will operate from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

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Whew! That’s about it for this week. Love seeing all this news! Great for the Upstate (the openings, not the closings). Don’t forget that Culver’s is opening up next week in Greer! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Coming Soon: Culver’s (Greer) – Update & Blue Ridge Brewery (Greer)

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Alrighty Greer residents! Culver’s is looking to open by April, 2016. Awesome.

Jim Clark is locating his second fast-casual Culver’s at 1040 W. Wade Hampton Blvd, next to Aldi and filling in the former D&D Motors site.

The infrastructure is being put in place and Clark said, weather permitting, “Our goal is to open in April. That is the tentative if everything goes according to schedule.”

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We previously posted about them coming to Greer here and here.

Also, Blue Ridge Brewery, a brew-pub/restaurant that has been in Downtown Greenville for about 20 years is relocating to Trade Street in Downtown Greer. They expect to open up in early 2016.

After 20 years, Blue Ridge Brewing Company will be closing its downtown Greenville location by the end of this year.

Already in progress is a new location at 308 Trade St. (the former Cazbah space) in downtown Greer that will open by April 1, 2016. Owner Bob Hiller said the Blue Ridge team is excited about the new location and “keeping the brand alive.”

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Coming Soon?: Popeyes Chicken (Greenville?) – Rumors abound!

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A while back we posted about the rumors of Popeyes Chicken coming to Greenville. More recent developments have happened since our post so wanted to update everyone. The Popeyes has opened up in Gaffney, SC so that’s a good sign! Been reading that it has become fairly popular too.

The Popeyes in Gaffney is definitely open and the chicken is indeed quite spicy, moreso than Bojangle’s.

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Also some unsubstantiated rumors that a Popeyes might be coming into the downtown area as well

I heard a rumor (unsure of reliability) that there will be a Popeye’s in the Main and Stone development. Seemed like an odd location to me, but maybe someone has their finger better on the pulse?

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I have heard a similar rumor but unconfirmed.

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So there you have it. Not much more than rumors at the moment but if anyone has any info we’d love to hear about it!

Opening/Closing/Remodels and Cheesecake!

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(AND MORE!)

It looks like the Chop Chop Grill will be opening on November 30. They are located in the former Corona’s on Wade Hampton Blvd. Can’t find much online information about them though. So if anyone has any drop us a line or comment below the post!

Also, the Dickie’s BBQ in Greer is closing/relocating this weekend. Not sure where they are going but their road sign indicates they are relocating after being in Taylors for the past 6 years.

And finally the Arby’s down WHB in Greer is now open after a remodel.

Oh, and a co-worker went to The Cheesecake Factory in Charlotte last weekend and the manager told her that they’re building one in Greenville. So there you go for TCF rumors! 🙂

And on top of all this info is this awesome round-up from Upstate Business Journal!

Have a great Thanksgiving and stay safe if you’re out traveling and shopping. Looks like 2016 is going to be an awesome restaurant year!