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Butcher & Bee whirs and hums

Butcher & Bee whirs and hums

Butcher & Bee restaurant of North Carolina and Tennessee is abuzz with creativity and renewal taking it far afield from its origins as a gourmet sandwich restaurant and into full flower as a dining concept hailed by patrons and James Beard judges alike. Founded in 2011 by restauranteur Michel Shemtov, the original Butcher & Bee restaurant in Charleston, N.C. flourished in an off-the-beaten-path location as a wellspring for sandwiches so perfect, so satisfying that he likened them to gourmet meals…

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Meat & potatoes town embraces new bistro

Meat & potatoes town embraces new bistro

The whole idea behind Carpe Vinum 121 germinated in Paul Bardinas’s imagination as a young man traveling with family in France and Italy. The look and flavor of beef tartare and escargot. The warm glow of beautiful light on marble and brass. And the uniformed servers with their easygoing professionalism— it all together provided an intimate, unhurried experience he loved. And so, years after graduating with a computer science degree at Columbia University in New York, and moving to Salisbury,…

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Painted Fish Café is in the swim

Painted Fish Café is in the swim

Tom Jankovich looked out the window of his North Carolina restaurant concept and saw a line of cars heading his way. “All of a sudden, there they were!” Jankovich says. Coming from the mountainous Bannerelik region of his state, on word-of-mouth news that the longtime country club chef had opened his own restaurant, loyal fans and patrons found their way to the Painted Fish Café without so much as a billboard to lure them in. But nothing in Jankovich’s story…

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New customers up 70 percent at Hilton Head bistro

New customers up 70 percent at Hilton Head bistro

A Hilton Head brother-sister team who took over their father’s French-American concept four years ago, managed to increase new-customer traffic this year by 70 percent. Utilizing communication tools such as Constant Contact, as well as all the social media channels, and benefitting from the “game changing” spotlight of Open Table, business at Charlie’s L’etoile Verte in Hilton Head, N.C. has been terrific, says Charlie Golson’s daughter Margaret Pearman. “Open Table was a huge game-changer for us,” says Pearman, a certified…

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Glasshalfull toasts a smooth finish

Glasshalfull toasts a smooth finish

The financial crisis of 2007/2008 was just getting started as James Wald of North Carolina swung open the doors to his new wine bar & restaurant, Glasshalfull. He admits the timing could have been better. “It wasn’t the best time to start a business,” Wald says. “And I’m not sure how good of a job we did that first year.” But by playing the cards they were dealt, he and his staff played offered creative options to diners feeling the…

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