Wednesday, May 27, 2020

SC officials expect healthy shrimp season for commercial trawlers in local waters

On your mark, get set, go

Posted by Parker Milner on Wed, May 27, 2020 at 3:49 PM

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As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, the commercial shrimp trawling season is open in all legal South Carolina waters, according to a press release from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

In the release, the SCDNR reported that this start date is in line with the average year and they expect there to be a healthy supply of roe white shrimp, which are typically plentiful in the spring shrimping season.

“Based on field sampling completed by SCDNR biologists earlier in the year, as well as reported landings of shrimp from federal waters and our provisional areas beginning in mid-April, our white shrimp abundance this year should be about average or slightly better in comparison to previous similar years,” said SCDNR Office of Fisheries Management director Mel Bell.

"Provisional areas" were open to local boats on April 15 when the provisional trawling season began. This period allows local shrimpers to take advantage of the offshore harvest while still protecting the larger population that have yet to spawn.

While the coronavirus pandemic disrupted local shrimpers' ability to sell to restaurants, it also gave them the opportunity to add more retail grocery stores as customers. This coupled with the reopening of many Charleston-area restaurants should lead to a high demand for local shrimp during the spring season. 

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Pandemic prompts Crosstown pizza joint to rebrand as Saber's Deli

Out with the old, in with the new

Posted by Parker Milner on Fri, May 22, 2020 at 9:59 AM

Saber's Pizza became Saber's Deli on May 18 - PARKER MILNER
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  • Saber's Pizza became Saber's Deli on May 18
Back in September, Saber's Pizza filled the space at the corner of Ashley Avenue and the Crosstown where Luke's Craft Pizza made 50 pizzas a night before closing in May 2019.

Rather than shutting down completely in light of the pandemic, owner Brian Saber swapped out pizza dough for hoagie rolls and rebranded the eatery as Saber's Deli.
In an Instagram post, Saber said, "During this time of uncertainty and lack of business it has been very difficult to maintain food due to the short shelf life of the ingredients in pizza which go to waste if not moved fast enough. I feel at this time it would make more sense to take this business in a different route."

Saber's Deli officially opened on Monday, May 18 for delivery and takeout. The new menu features cheesesteaks, hoagies and hot dogs. Open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, Saber's also offers meat, egg and cheese breakfast sandwiches for patrons looking for quick morning bite. 

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

Atlanta-based Post Meridiem's canned cocktails landing on South Carolina shelves

These babies pack a punch

Posted by Parker Milner on Thu, May 14, 2020 at 3:50 PM

Post Meridiem offers five different canned mixed drinks - PROVIDED
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  • Post Meridiem offers five different canned mixed drinks
Atlanta-based Post Meridiem Spirit Co. is bringing their line of canned cocktails to a South Carolina bottle shop near you. Starting Friday, you'll be able to purchase their canned old fashioned, daiquiri, lemongrass vodka gimlet and other products locally from Wholesale Liquors, Bottles and Tilted Glass Wine & Spirits.

The company was founded in 2017 by longtime friends Andrew Rodbell and Charles Sain who were inspired by the lackluster beverage selection at a summer concert they attended.

After successful roll outs in Georgia and Florida, the spirit company enters the South Carolina market with plans to expand to more stores. Each can is a stiff single serving, weighing in at 22-37 percent alcohol.

In a press release, co-founder Andrew Rodbell said, “South Carolina has always been top of the list for where we wanted Post Meridiem to be available. The lifestyle and values in the state are a perfect match for our cocktails."

Locally, Post Meridiem is contributing to Charleston's coronavirus relief efforts by supporting the Pay It Forward campaign with money and product donations.

For more information on Post Meridiem, follow them on Instagram or visit

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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Pakistani concept Ma'am Saab joins Workshop when it reopens Thursday

Welcome back

Posted by Parker Milner on Wed, May 13, 2020 at 3:34 PM

Ma'am Saab's menu incorporates vegetarian options as well as desserts - RUTA SMITH
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  • Ma'am Saab's menu incorporates vegetarian options as well as desserts
Guests will be welcomed back to Workshop on Thursday when the rotating food court reopens for curbside pick-up, to-go orders and limited patio seating. Many familiar tenants will return including Mansueta's, Julius Delicatessen, and Chuck & Patty's. 

New to Workshop is Pakistani pop-up Ma'am Saab, a concept from teacher-turned-chef Maryam Ghaznavi who's been delivering home-cooked meals during the coronavirus pandemic. Ghaznavi, who debuted during a pop-up at The Daily last August, specializes in authentic Pakistani dishes like her yogurt-marinated Achari Chicken tiffin with naan.
Long-time Workshop tenant Rebel Taqueria, who first took over the hall's largest stall in September 2018, is taking a hiatus with plans to return.

Initial Workshop hours will be from 12-8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. A portion of the patio will be designated for seating, and all food will be served in to-go containers.

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Hamby Catering opens extension store on Daniel Island with to-go family meals for your quarantine

Feed the whole fam

Posted by Parker Milner on Mon, Apr 6, 2020 at 11:17 AM

The Market at Hamby on Daniel Island serves a selection of chef's casseroles - PROVIDED
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  • The Market at Hamby on Daniel Island serves a selection of chef's casseroles
Hamby Catering & Events is opening a third location at 20 Fairchild Street for Daniel Island residents looking to stock up on food for their families during the coronavirus pandemic. The location is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will serve a menu featuring a selection of chef’s casseroles, soups, tea sandwiches, snacks, and other freezer-ready items including meatballs, crab cakes, and pulled pork.

Hamby Catering is donating a portion of their proceeds to Feeding Our Heroes, a local organization striving to feed the medical personnel at MUSC, Roper St. Francis, Trident Health, and the West Ashley testing facilities. In order to keep up with social distancing standards, the Market will be open-door with a credit card-only checkout to minimize contact during pick-ups.

Patrons can place orders at the store or ahead of time by calling (843-725-4035). The pop-up location will remain open "until further notice," the company says.

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