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Burgerim at 115 Pelham Road in the Pelham Court shopping center opens this week. Photo provided by CBRE.

It’s burger time

Burgerim, the international fast-casual burger joint that’s been under construction at 115 Pelham Road in the Pelham Court shopping center, opens this week. Greenville franchisee Nick Patel said a soft opening would be held from 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, with limited items. The restaurant concept is based on customizable burgers that come in one size, 2.8 ounces, and are sold as an uno, duo, trio, or 16-count party box. For size comparison, White Castle patties are less than 1 ounce and Five Guys’ patties are 4 ounces, so these are a happy medium. Patty options are beef, dry-aged beef, wagyu beef, merguez (spicy beef), turkey, lamb, chicken, salmon, veggie, Spanish beef, and falafel. Toppings are the usual suspects plus sautéed mushrooms, jalapeños, avocado, and fried egg. In addition to cottage-style round fries and sweet potato fries, the menu includes chicken wings, a variety of salads, and home fries (cubed potatoes tossed in chili sauce and topped with sesame seeds).

Fish Camp Mondays

Stella’s Southern Bistro is going back to chef Jason Scholz’s Lowcountry roots. Every Monday, the Simpsonville restaurant (worth the drive, Greenville friends) will be serving up fish camp-inspired seafood specials for lunch and dinner. Think battered, fried, and blackened with traditional sides of fries, grits, hushpuppies, and slaw. Select wines will be 50 percent off as well. And here’s the kicker — the cost is $10 for lunch or $20 for dinner. That seems like a no-brainer when very few locally owned restaurants are open on Mondays.

Putting the green in Greenville

Kitchen Sync, Greenville’s first and only certified green restaurant, has been named the winner of two Green Restaurant Awards. Presented for the first time by the Green Restaurant Association, Kitchen Sync received top honors in the categories of Greenest Independent Restaurant and Water Conservation. The local, family-owned restaurant is a four-star SustainaBuild certified green restaurant, which is the highest rating offered by GRA. Kitchen Sync has earned 437.30 GreenPoints — the most of any independently owned restaurant — and has implemented 72 environmental steps. Some of those steps include on-site renewable energy, on-site food production (rooftop garden), use of reused/salvaged building materials, no bottled waters, and using only 100 percent compostable single-use service products such as straws and take-out containers.

ICYMI from UBJ: Caviar & Bananas new ownership

The now-previous owners of Caviar & Bananas Greenville, Kris and Margaret Furniss, released a statement Oct. 6 saying they no longer own the Charleston-based restaurant and bodega’s location at 1 N. Laurens St., Greenville. The Furnisses will, however, retain the original Market Street Charleston location. Other Caviar & Bananas restaurants under the new ownership are a second Charleston location as well as a location in the Charleston Airport. The Nashville location closed June 29, but will be reopening, according to a Craigslist ad for employees.

New York City-based Feenix Venture Partners, a venture capital firm, now lists Caviar & Bananas as a partner on its website and no word yet if this ownership switcheroo means any changes for the Greenville location. A phone number registered to Blake Anthony of The Eleven Group is listed with the Nashville Craigslist ad.

“It is a bittersweet day for us as we announce that after 10 amazing years we are passing the torch of Caviar & Bananas on to a new set of inspired leaders to see it in to its next phase. We are so grateful to all of those that we have been able to serve and to all of our employees for their hard work and support through the years and in letting us build our dream in to a reality. We are excited for what this change means for the future of C&B. The Market Street location will remain in the hands of the original ownership,” Margaret Furniss said.

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