Small plates with Ariel Turner

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Out with the old

Well, not that old. Just about 9 months old, to be exact. Stewart Penick’s Terrace Greenville location announced its closure as of Feb. 4 via Facebook, saying they are currently searching for a replacement concept or tenant for the historic former Furman University lunch building at 654 S. Main St. Terrace is a Charlotte, N.C.-based breakfast, lunch, and dinner concept that never quite took off in Greenville.

 

In with the new

Another Charlotte restaurant will be moving in almost across the street from Terrace. Foxcroft Wine Co. has inked a deal for the former Brazwells Premium Pub, 631 S. Main St., which was also owned by Charlotte-based Bottle Cap Group. The owner of the wine bar with a locally sourced small-plate menu also teased he may be interested in opening a Dot Dot Dot location here as well. That’s a members-only, culinary-driven cocktail bar. Let the hunt for a location begin.

 

All the way up

Level 10, labeled as PH (for Penthouse) on the elevator, has opened on the top floor of the AC Hotel in Spartanburg. The latest restaurant from Rick Erwin’s dining group is chef-driven with executive chef Mark Grasso at the helm and has views worth the 30-minute drive if dishes like crab beignets, braised short ribs and arepas, and carnitas with polenta and a cherry chipotle puree aren’t enough motivation.

 

New and improved

Golden Brown & Delicious chef Alex George is mixing things up in his Village of West Greenville restaurant. He’s scrapped his old dinner plan, which was basically a redux of lunch, and is testing the waters with Thursday-Saturday menus with more starters and shareable plates. He says in the first week, they set record numbers. Must be a hit.

 

Just desserts

Buy a specialty dessert and give back to a local charity? Seems like a win-win for everyone. Local bakeries and restaurants are partnering with The Salvation Army for the fourth annual Sweet Desserts program during the month of February as a way to give to the nonprofit’s social ministries programs. Each participating business will donate a portion of proceeds from sales of a specific dessert. The seven Sweet Desserts partners are The Chocolate Moose (Lemon-Raspberry Sandwich Cookie); The Donut Experiment (Donut of the Month from Feb. 18-24); Gigi’s Cupcakes (any item on Feb. 19); Kilwins (SeaSalt Caramel Fudge); Pomegranate on Main (1001 Nights Chocolate Cake); The Peddler Steakhouse (Brownie a la Mode); and Upcountry Provisions Bakery and Bistro (Triple Chocolate Brownie from Feb. 12-17).

 

Drinks before noon

Award luncheons don’t often begin with a beer tasting, but Upstate Forever’s ForeverGreen Luncheon on Feb. 27 does. It helps that keynote speaker is Cheri Chastain, sustainability manager for Sierra Nevada Brewery in Asheville, N.C. So as a nice way of tying in her work to the occasion, the Sierra Nevada tasting will begin at 11 a.m. at the Embassy Suites on Verdae and the luncheon will follow at 11:30 a.m. For tickets, visit upstateforever.org/forevergreenluncheon.

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