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Re: “Support your neighborhood cafe, or you may lose it

What I learned from this is that people who gentrify a neighborhood don't bat an eyelash paying insane rent and mortgages but for some reason draw the line when it comes to the businesses created as a result of their gentrification charging proportional prices for their services.

Posted by Ron Liberte on June 22, 2017 at 9:06 PM

Re: “30+ Charleston restaurants have signed on to the Strawless Summer Challenge

I think this is a fantastic idea. But you're still going to have people who want to have a straw. For those people the restaurant should buy bags of Twizzlers so that people could bite off each end and use the Twizzler as a straw it works and it's edible

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Posted by Debbie Kocher Haynes on June 22, 2017 at 7:34 PM

Re: “Support your neighborhood cafe, or you may lose it

Affordability is the main reason I don't go to neighborhood places like Park Cafe, Little Jacks, Edmunds, B&B, etc on the regular.... they are just too pricey for regular dinner meals, regardless of how tasty their food may be. A couple $3 tacos with free chips and salsa from Santis is definitely more accessible.

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Posted by Golden Ratio on June 22, 2017 at 6:13 PM

Re: “Support your neighborhood cafe, or you may lose it

Don't get me wrong...I like Jack's Cafe...but you can whip up most of the stuff on their menu with cheap ingredients you already have in your kitchen. There's a reason why it's affordable. You can't really compare Jack's to other non-diner type restaurants.

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Posted by jbrick83 on June 22, 2017 at 3:36 PM

Re: “Support your neighborhood cafe, or you may lose it

I like Park Cafe, but I am a bruncher. I will also comment that Rutledge Cab is not what it used to be. The old menu was much better. The last time I ate there I did not finish my meal. It was overly spiced. In addition, the service is not what it used to be.

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Posted by jhark on June 22, 2017 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Support your neighborhood cafe, or you may lose it

If local cafes want to be frequented by locals, their prices should reflect the local standards of living, not the incomes of tourists they want to attract. If you treat locals right, they'll treat you right back - evidenced by all the years of Jack's Cafe in action.

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Posted by hl on June 22, 2017 at 3:08 PM

Re: “Support your neighborhood cafe, or you may lose it

Love this! I completely agree and will do the same - love the gems in our hood!

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Posted by smiller8 on June 22, 2017 at 3:02 PM

Re: “Strawless Summer challenges Charleston bars and restaurants to give up plastic straws

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wH878t78bw
this is a sea turtle with a straw in its nose and having it taken out.thi8s is why we shouldnt use straws.

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Posted by Andrea Tallent on June 21, 2017 at 12:47 PM

Re: “Strawless Summer challenges Charleston bars and restaurants to give up plastic straws

What blows my mind is how few bars/restaurants actually throw all those bottles and cans in a recycling can instead of the trash when it seems like just about the easiest damn thing to do.

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Posted by Davis Moell on June 20, 2017 at 12:09 PM

Re: “Strawless Summer challenges Charleston bars and restaurants to give up plastic straws

Here is my issue. Too often servers, bartenders and others are holding the glass / cup etc by the top / rim. I DON'T want to drink from a place where someone just had their hand. Just this weekend I watched our server grab two glass and hold them at the top as they filled them with our drinks. When the server got to the table I refused both glasses and asked for clean. I watched this happen again and again I refused and when asked what was wrong I explained. The server had an attitude for the next 15 minutes and being concerned about what may have been happening to our food we got up and left...

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Posted by Jeff Berryhill on June 20, 2017 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Workshop's Slice Co. adds delivery service

Yep, a Charleston pizza joint with a Long Island NY phone number - Buy local, support locals...

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Posted by Ima Oldman on June 19, 2017 at 11:40 PM

Re: “Stella's is a gift from the Greek gods

Spot on review, but the critic overlooked one of the more fantastic features of Stellas, unlike most upscale foodie places here in town, it won't break your budget.

Posted by Foghorn Leghorn on June 19, 2017 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Strawless Summer challenges Charleston bars and restaurants to give up plastic straws

The reason that the food & beverage industry switched from paper straws to plastic straws and will be reluctant to switch back is simple: costs. Plastic straws are much cheaper to produce, are more durable, hold up better in shipping and can more easily be wrapped in paper for sanitary purposes (a key factor in the F&B industry). The extra cost of paper straws may seem insignificant to consumers but in an industry where profit margin's tend to be very low and managers are judged on their ability to keep costs down, even a fraction of a penny per straw is important.
I am not writing this as a defense or excuse for sticking with plastic straws, just pointing out one of the realities that environmental groups face in trying to effect change. Personally, I would be more than happy to pay 5 or even 10 extra for a paper straw, which I would think would be way more than enough to cover the higher costs.
I also agree that restaurants should stop automatically handing out plastic straws. I rarely use them so often they remain on the table when I leave, but once they've been taken out of the caddy and given to a customer the restaurant will not reuse them. Truly senseless waste.

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Posted by CaptMalice on June 18, 2017 at 10:24 PM

Re: “Strawless Summer challenges Charleston bars and restaurants to give up plastic straws

I find it perplexing to read about people's concern with dirty glasses yet they drink through that same dirty glass through a petroleum based plastic tube that leaches off all kinds of chemicals and hormone/endocrine disrupting chemicals. Perhaps they are not planning to have children. Think about it: a plastic straw is used for a few minutes in a drink but will last over 500 years in our environment. There is no away. Is that the legacy we want to leave to future generations? If only restaurants would serve straws upon request, only, not automatically - and the strars would be 100% biodegradable or reusable, like glass or stainless steel.

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Posted by Barb Roettger on June 18, 2017 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Stella's is a gift from the Greek gods

I'm sad that every picture is of meat or seafood. Greek cuisine lends itself well to plant-based options. I will have to check out the menu.

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Posted by JRZGRL1 on June 17, 2017 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Ice Bing Cafe brings icy drinks and sushi to Spring Street

Ice Bing Cafe's Mango Lemon Bing was so refreshing on this hot summer day in Charleston! Great addition to the Cannonborough-Elliotborough area!

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Posted by JEC Davis on June 17, 2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Strawless Summer challenges Charleston bars and restaurants to give up plastic straws

Good for you, Charleston! I hope this movement catches on all around the country. I would have no problem using a paper straw at a bar or restaurant, because sometimes I just enjoy a straw. The few pennies extra to cover the cost are completely worth it because who doesn't like helping to save the planet whilst enjoying a summery cocktail?

At home I use metal straws. They're reasonably priced, much easier to clean than you might think, last forever, and feel delightful when your cold beverage passes through!

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Posted by nonni b on June 17, 2017 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Halls Chophouse, Taco Boy opening in Summerville's Nexton neighborhood

It will be an Great opportunity for locals to be able to go to a place like Halls Chop House and not have to go through the trouble of driving and parking downtown! Looking.g forward to Taco Boy coming too!

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Posted by Tera Tavelle Quinn on June 17, 2017 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Strawless Summer challenges Charleston bars and restaurants to give up plastic straws

There are commercially available, environmentally degradable and biodegradabale plastics. They cost just slightly more than the regular materials. Back in the Eighties, I worked on a semi-commercial project to produce grades of polystyrene and polyethylene that disintegrate much faster than the regular product. In the nineties, reducing litter. I worked on a biodegradable commercial polymer. Both are available commercially. All it needs is a consumer willing to pay an extra 2-3% more for the product.

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Posted by Osman Aboul-Nasr on June 17, 2017 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Strawless Summer challenges Charleston bars and restaurants to give up plastic straws

I try to avoid straws in general, and lately, whenever I use them I put a 'knot' in them and bend them, thinking the big chunk in the middle, and bent and less stiff, will keep them from doing more damage than necessary (just like slicing the plastic holders of a six pack of cans, same concept).

I'd like to mention a few things though. First of all, why can't this county recycle straws? That's almost insulting. Straws are plastic. Other plastics work why doesn't that one?

Second of all, none of this would be a problem had we just kept with paper straws like in the good old days. I prefer them anyways. Why the heck do we not use them anymore in favor of plastic ones? I get if they're in a drink for 1 hour they might get soggy, but in general they hold throughout the drink, and most people won't re-use them anyways, that's why they get thrown away. I really don't get the point of that.

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Posted by Theta Dude on June 17, 2017 at 12:32 AM
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