Patriots Point is bringing barbecue on board this month.
Sticky Fingers has signed a five-year contract with Patriots Point to take over its snack bars, which will operate as Sticky Fingers Smokehouse Express. The two concession stands are on land near the admissions office and in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier Yorktown.
The restaurant also created a new catering business, Top Shelf Catering Co., to handle meals for all events at the Mount Pleasant attraction.
Sticky Fingers Express and Top Shelf will begin serving at Patriots Point on March 16. The company has the option to keep serving at the state-owned museum for another two years after the contract ends in 2019.
Sticky Fingers was the only business to bid on the museum's request for proposals from restaurants interested in the food service contract.
The barbecue spot and catering service is expected to bring in about $2.5 million to the Naval and Maritime Museum each year, according to the Statement of Award from the South Carolina Materials Management Office.
Robert Patterson, owner of Sticky Fingers, said the deal gives the chain "great exposure."
Although Top Shelf will prepare food in two kitchens aboard the Yorktown, its services are not exclusive to Patriots Point. The catering business is aimed at serving events across the region with Southern food that goes beyond Sticky Fingers' fare, Patterson said.
Top Shelf will be a separate entity from the barbecue restaurant, with its own logo, uniforms and menus.
From Paul'z to pub
The former J. Paul'z in Mount Pleasant has reinvented itself after about a month of renovations. The restaurant at 1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd., in the CVS-anchored shopping center, is now My Father's Moustache, an English-style pub complete with pool tables, shuffleboards and plenty of TVs to watch soccer matches.
Owner Rob Walker said J. Paul'z, which he still runs on James Island, just didn't "fit in" east of the Cooper. "As we were talking to our customer base, they kept saying we need some place to hang out ... a place to gather," he said.
My Father's Moustache, which opened in mid-February, already has outpaced business at the James Island restaurant, Walker said. It's open 10 a.m.-2 a.m. daily and serves traditional English-Irish dishes such as fish and chips and shepherd's pie.
The former Piggly Wiggly at Festival Centre in North Charleston soon will be replaced by Gold's Gym. The fitness chain has leased the 29,220-square-foot space at 5101 Ashley Phosphate Road. An opening date hasn't been released.
The Festival Centre Pig was one of two stores that went dark in the Charleston area last year when Piggly Wiggly Carolina Co. sold 29 stores to Bi-Lo and Harris Teeter.
Wild Blue Ropes, an open-air ropes climbing course, is setting up on James Island behind Heart Woodfire Kitchen at 1622 Highland Ave., off Folly Road.
The facility is set to open in the spring. It will have two courses for different skill levels, one that rises to 15 feet high and another at 25 feet.
Wild Blue Ropes can accommodate 135 people per hour and all ages and athletic abilities can participate.
A women's consignment sale, Charleston Style Exchange, will be held Saturday at Sundrops Montessori, Palmetto Campus, at 88 Simons St. in downtown Charleston. Items will be accepted until 8 a.m. Thursday, and consigners must register at www.charlestonstyleexchange.com.
The sale begins at 8 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. A half-off sale will be 5-7 p.m. The entry fee for shoppers is $1, which will benefit the Montessori school. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to My Sister's House.
Reach Abigail Darlington at 937-5906.
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