To celebrate more than 30 years and 100 stores in South Carolina, Charlotte-based Bojangles' is cruising to all of its restaurants in the state in a custom recreational vehicle, bringing free food, prices rolled back to 1979, when the first diner opened in the state, and 100 Bahamas-cruise giveaways.
The first 100 customers at each location will receive a voucher for a free biscuit of their choice or chicken supremes. Other prizes also are available. The tour ends in Columbia on May 26, when the 100th restaurant in the state opens.
Locally, the Bojangles' RV will be at the namesake restaurant from 5 to 7 p.m. today at 1221 N. Main St. in Summerville. From 7 to 9 a.m. Friday it will be at the restaurant at 2514 Clements Ferry Road in Wando, and from noon to 2 p.m. the same day at 1313 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley.
On Saturday the RV will visit two more area restaurants, from 7 to 9 a.m. at 431 St. James Ave. in Goose Creek and from noon to 2 p.m. at 740 Folly Road in Charleston.
The RV will return to other Charleston area restaurants later this spring.
The 465-store Bojangles' chain also cites itself for not participating in the recession. Since 2008, it has opened 22 restaurants in South Carolina, an investment of $38 million, and renovated 20 others at a cost of $3 million.
Each new store creates 25 to 30 new jobs, or about 600 during the past three years, said Randy Kibler, president and chief executive officer.
Owners of the Old Firehouse Restaurant in Hollywood opened a new restaurant called Jacksonboro Fish Camp on Tuesday at 16804 Ace Basin Parkway in Jacksonboro, in what was once Toomer's Restaurant, according to owner Lia Sanders.
The restaurant will offer simply prepared seafood in a casual atmosphere from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.
A Do Re Mi Pizzeria in Mount Pleasant's Sea Island Shopping Center, 1220 Ben Sawyer Blvd., has closed temporarily. A telephone recording says the popular restaurant of 14 years is looking for a new location, preferably in its longtime home town.
Ted's Butcherblock at 334 East Bay St. has added Ted's Dockside at the Market Marina at the Isle of Palms Marina at 50 41st Ave. Ted's will offer breakfast and lunch to go seven days a week.
The new Barnes & Noble bookstore at the College of Charleston, which opened in February, holds its grand opening today. Faculty author showcases include Bret Lott and Michelle VanParys starting at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively, and local author Margaret Middleton Rivers Eastman will sign copies of her book, "The Hidden History of Charleston," starting at noon.
Customers can enjoy free treats from Cupcake. Student specials start at 2 p.m., and faculty members can enjoy a coffee break at 3 p.m. From 4 to 7 p.m. the event concludes with storytelling, crafts and appearances by children's book characters Fancy Nancy and Biscuit the Dog.
Southeast Pilates opens today at 310 Broad St. Formerly in Summerville, the studio is run by Kelly Sheppard and Ellen Dorn.
Berenice's Salon has returned to 441 1/2 King St. after a year's absence. It used to be at 344 1/2 King St., but lost its lease a year ago and has been operating out of the The Parlor at 476 1/2 King St., owner Rita Pisasale said.
The former KFC at 905 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in Mount Pleasant is being renovated for a new Verizon Wireless store. Ari Mendlovitz is the owner, according to filed documents.