DYK that tomorrow 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 April 7, Gov. McMaster issued the Work or Home order for all of South Carolina,and mandated that all citizens stay home unless going to work, visiting immediate family, seeking medical attention or picking up groceries.(Cue 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.
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,because of 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.
City ○ Publicfree outdoor WiFi is now available at all Greenville County Library locations from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. everyday. This includes the lawn in front of Hughes library and all parking lots at the 11 other branch locations. 💻
Edu ○ South Carolina will be receiving nearly $1 billion for K-12 education as part of federal coronavirus aid, nearly doubling the amount that’s usually given annually. 📚 (Greenville News)
History ○ Clemson University’s Dr. Rhondda Thomas has been working to identify + tell the stories of604 unmarked graves at Clemson’s on-campus graveyard which sits under Memorial Stadium. Read more about how Thomas is doing thishere. (Greenville News)
Cause ○ The Fall for Greenville 2021 Fall for Giving Grant applications are now live through Jan. 31. The grant was designed to support local nonprofit organizations whose projects align with the festival’s mission. 💰 ○ The Rose Ball Beneficiaries Committee is now accepting letters of intent between Jan. 1-15 for grants to benefit charitable organizations. The form can be accessed here and completed letters should be emailed to [email protected] by Jan. 15. 🌹
State ○ RepresentativeTodd Rutherford has filed a bill to remove the confederate flag from South Carolina license plates. According to the DMV, over 400 people have already applied to receive the Sons of the Confederate Veterans plates. 🚗 (WCIV)
Coronavirus ○ SC Department of Employment and Workforce has begun distributing $300 of federal supplemental benefits in addition to the weekly unemployment payments. This funding comes from the Continued Assistance Act that passed in December.(CRBR) ○ VisitSCDHEC’s website for full coronavirus data + stats, andhere for daily positive COVID-19 cases + related deaths in South Carolina.
Celebrate ○ Happy birthday to our amazing Editorial Coordinator, Shari! We are so lucky to have you. -The 6AM City team Ⓟ ○ Do you know someone who deserves a shoutout? Purchase a Celebrate listing here, and make someone’s morning a little bit brighter.☀️
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Yesterday, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence shared this sentimental “Thank you, Clemson…” video on his Twitter to reflect on his iconic Clemson football career. Lawrence declared for the 2021 NFL Draft yesterday + is anticipated being the top pick in the draft. You can read more here + click here to watch his tribute to Clemson. 🐅
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Listen ○ Aaron Goodvin | Thurs., Jan. 7 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | Peace Center | $200 | Listen to music by Aaron Goodvin. 🎸
Drink ○ FunkSCursion Sour Release Party | Thurs., Jan. 7 | 4-9 p.m. | Quest Brewing Company, 55 Airview Dr. | Free entry | Celebrate the release of their 5th edition of FunkSCursion. 🍻 ○ Wine Tasting: Old World & New World | Thurs., Jan. 7 | 6:30-8 p.m. | What Ales You, 105 New Plaza Dr. | $10+ | A guided tasting featuring wines of both Old World and New World origins. 🍷
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.