Small Plates with Ariel Turner

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New and shiny

We Greenvillians have a great way of flocking to whatever’s new, sometimes at the expense of our old faithful spots. Shame on us. But here’s an oldie that now has a new location that you should definitely get to ASAP. Due South Coffee Roasters opened last week in its new Hampton Station digs (1320 Hampton Ave., Ext. 4B) across from White Duck Taco Shop, where they had their temporary counter set up for months. Inside the new location, the roaster isn’t operational yet, but the coffee counter is fully functional, including the perfect remedy to a hot day — nitro coffee on tap. House-made ice cream will also be available as soon as the kitchen is fully operational.

The space also has a different vibe from the former Taylors Mill location with white tile, black-painted wood, and teal-green accents, while still maintaining the rustic former cotton storage facility’s environment. A photo of the nearby water tower covers an entire wall, and fellow Hampton Station resident and artist Ric Standridge will curate a gallery wall featuring local art.

Soapbox alert

Hear me out. This is a much larger discussion, but I’ll attempt to distill it down because I keep hearing this: When you go sit at a bar, or dine at one of our hundreds of local restaurants, unless your server or bartender offers up this information, don’t ask, “So what do you really want to do?” The implication being that a job in the service industry isn’t a “real job.” And in fact, most of us have been guilty of thinking that way.

It’s time to stop that. Why? Because it’s wrong, first of all (just ask anyone in management at a restaurant how real that job is), and second, as many restaurants are struggling to stay open because they lack consistent staff (recently, downtown mainstay Addy’s has had to close temporarily), it’d be great if working in a kitchen or providing hospitality to diners was more widely considered an admirable career. Think of the domino effect — fully staffed restaurants, consistent kitchens. It’s something from which we’d all benefit.

ICYMI from UBJ

Bottle Cap Group has closed its third Greenville restaurant within a year. Wu’s Cajun Sea Food, which opened in December 2017 at 116 N. Main St., downtown Greenville, closed after dinner Sunday, July 1. The group formerly owned and operated Brazwells Premium Pub at 631 S. Main St., which was open for less than two years when it closed in October 2017, and Diner 24 at 18 E. Coffee St., which closed in November 2017 after five months.

The restaurant group, based in Charlotte, N.C., with locations in Charleston as well, still operates Ink N Ivy, Vine Nightclub, and SIP Whiskey & Wine Bar in Greenville. Foxcroft Wine Co., also from Charlotte, has taken over the former Brazwells space and plans to open this summer, but we’re still waiting to see what happens with the Diner 24 location, and nothing has been announced yet for Wu’s.

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