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King of Pops // Andrew Huang

Travelers Rest here…

…And so will diners, with two more new TR restaurants opening within a week of each other. Monkey Wrench Smokehouse, 21 S. Main St., opened last week (I previewed it on friends and family night — whatever diet you’re on, go ahead and schedule a cheat meal), and Hare & Field, 327 S. Main St., opens this weekend. So between the two of them, brisket, burgers, pub fare, and your favorite comfort foods should be covered.

Pregame Wine Wednesday…

…With a Tuesday night wine dinner on March 13, 6:30 p.m., at Stella’s Southern Brasserie featuring Kathy Joseph, proprietor of Fiddlehead Cellars. Why this is different from other wine dinners: Joseph opened her winery in 1989, making her a pioneer in female winemaking. Dinner by executive chef Jeff Kelly begins with three amuse: a crispy pork belly, Korean style beef tartare, and local beets. Courses that follow are pan-roasted scallops, fresh fish selection, espresso-rubbed duck breast, and vanilla orange panna cotta. Cost is $75. Call 864-626-6900.

Springtime in Paris

Confused about French wine? Many of us would have to admit “yes,” at least to some degree. Joe’s Place’s March 15 wine tasting has you covered. From 6:30-8:30 p.m., pay $30 to taste six French wines, eat some food, make some new friends, and learn more than you previously knew about wine. Space is limited, and reservations are required for this event. Call 864-558-0828 or stop by the store at 2 Williams St. to reserve your spot. Payment is due at the time of your reservation.

Speaking of spring

It’s almost baseball season, which means an excuse to eat ballpark food you wouldn’t normally consume, at least on a regular basis, is nearing. So what could pair more perfectly with a mustard-, chili-, and cheese-smothered hotdog on a hot night than an icy King of Pops? Nothing, in my book. And good news: This year at every Greenville Drive home game at Fluor Field, King of Pops will be slinging pops all game long. Go for the blackberry ginger lemonade if they haven’t run out.

New lunch spot

Halls Chophouse Greenville just announced it will be adding lunch service on Fridays and Saturdays beginning March 16, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Of course, that famous Chophouse burger is on the menu, but so are flatbreads, a prime rib sandwich, salads, soup of the day, and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese.

ICYMI from UBJ

  • Tipsy Music Pub in the Village of West Greenville closed Feb. 25, and two of the four operators, who own Tipsy Taco, are opening a new Tipsy Taco location where The Common Cure just closed at 15 Conestee Ave. in the Augusta Road area. Standby for news of the music pub potentially reopening under different ownership.
  • A new brewery, Think Tank Brew Lab, has been announced for 101 Airport Road in a former industrial warehouse space. Along with 20-plus brews, a full food menu is planned and will include wood-fired pizzas and bratwurst, most likely.
  • A coffee shop and a couple casual restaurants will most likely be part of the new West End Community Hub by TD planned for 101 O’Neal St. No word on what they will be yet, but one could be something similar to Five Guys.
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