East Bay Boathouse Closes, Deals & Steals, James Beard Dinner 

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Boathouse on East Bay Closes

Crew Carolina has "strategically realigned" their assets, announcing to staff on Monday that the Boathouse on East Bay is closed, effective immediately. Spokesperson Batt Humphreys says about 40 employees have been affected by the closing. Some of them will be furloughed and potentially rehired at their new location on James Island's Ellis Creek, which is scheduled to open in the old Mimi's location on Feb. 17. Executive Chef Charles Arena will remain with Crew Carolina and helm the kitchen at the new location. Humphreys says the company is trying its best to find assignments within the catering division and at its other restaurants, Carolina's and the Boathouse at Breach Inlet, for some key people. "The fortunate thing is that, although we have to close this restaurant, there is opportunity out there and they have the first opportunity to reapply and reassess," says Humphreys. —Stephanie Barna

Steals & Deals

The Maverick Group rewards loyal patrons this month with 50 percent off of wines priced under $50. More expensive wines get a 25 percent markdown. They've got these deals running at all of their restaurants — Slightly North of Broad, High Cotton (Charleston and Greenville), the Old Village Post House, and High Hammock (opening in January at Pawleys Island) — so don't hole up in the house this month. Get out there and eat!

Virginia's on King and 39 Rue de Jean are also offering some impressive discounts to entice you out of your house this month. Virginia's will discount wine 50 percent during weeknights (Mon.-Thurs., 5-8 p.m.), and sister restaurant Rue will slice half-off burgers all day on Sundays in January.

Circa 1886 will mark its ninth anniversary by offering four courses for $49 for the entire month. Or you could go ahead and book a room at Wentworth Mansion and get dinner for two plus a one-night stay for $495 per couple, a two-night stay for $795 per couple, and a three-night stay for $1,095 per couple, excluding tax. It could be like a staycation, but at a hotel in your hometown. —Stephanie Barna

James Beard Dinner

Foodies have something else to look forward to this month. Chef Aaron Deal at Tristan will present a "Modern Taste of Charleston" at the James Beard House in New York City on Jan. 27, and he'll preview his menu at a special charity dinner on Jan. 20. They're charging $100 a head, but the money goes straight to Veggie U, an organization that teaches kids about making wise food choices. So, if you're in the mood for she crab soup, duck confit, butternut squash terrine, heirloom beet salad, white tuna, veal short rib, foie gras pot de crème and mignardises, make plans to be there. For reservations, phone (843) 534-2155 or visit www.tristandining.com. —Stephanie Barna

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