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Community : Top Stories Last Updated: Aug 7, 2013 - 8:55:15 AM


Business Updates - Closures and other news about: Queen Anne's, DIYogurt, Agaves Cantina, DI Sports and George Consulting
By Jennifer Johnston
Jul 24, 2013 - 8:24:29 AM

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Jennifer Johnston
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After twelve years on Daniel Island, Queen Anne’s Revenge closes doors
The locally-loved pirate-themed restaurant Queen Anne’s Revenge permanently closed its Fairchild Street doors for business as of July 18. The Daniel Island eatery was operated by The Neighborhood Dining Group, which also manages downtown Charleston’s Husk and McCrady’s, as well as Husk in Nashville and Chicago’s Steak and Seafood near Atlanta. In a letter emailed to its customers the same day it halted operations, the company’s President, David Howard, stated that “The Hampton Inn and the adjacent restaurant, Queen Anne’s Revenge, are in the process of being acquired by a local development group.” (A management representative from Hampton Inn declined to comment on news of the acquisition.) Howard stated that the restaurant had a great run, being one of the first businesses on a then-sparse island. “But with 230 seats, our restaurant was simply too big for this location,” he stated. He also indicated that 30-40% of the restaurant’s employees had found other jobs since first hearing of a potential acquisition weeks ago, and that the Neighborhood Dining Group repositioned as many remaining employees as possible to the other restaurants in its portfolio. As for the name and business plan of the local developer taking over the space, Howard said he was not at liberty to share, but has been told that they intend to remodel the building and open a new restaurant.

Islanders swirl themselves soft-serve at new DIYogurt
Frozen yogurt shop DIYogurt opened for business last week, and celebrated a grand opening on Monday, July 22. Located at 186 Seven Farms Drive, the store will feature 18 different flavors of self-dispensing "froyo" and nine different swirls. The yogurt - and a variety of fruit, cookie, and candy toppings - will be priced by weight, and owner Damon Pennington intends to rotate flavors based on customer demand. Pennington has owned several other small businesses, but concedes that DIYogurt is really his wife Crystal's "baby," from the jewel-toned décor and outdoor seating to the state-of-the-art self-serve machines and real dairy Honey Hill Farms yogurt. The Goose Creek couple chose Daniel Island as the spot for their sweet concept because of the family-friendly, walkable vibe, and they look forward to connecting to the community through local events, school happenings, and day-to-day business on the island. Hours of operation are currently set as Monday through Thursday noon to 9 pm, Friday noon to 10 pm, Saturday 11 am to 10 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 9 pm, but may evolve as the owners gauge traffic to the store.

"Soft" opening nears for Agaves Cantina at Guggenheim Park
Daniel Island's New Mexican eatery, Agaves Cantina, will open its doors for business on August 2, with a grand opening to follow several weeks later. The restaurant is located at 885 Island Park Drive, with 3,500 square feet of indoor dining space and an expanded patio overlooking the pond at Guggenheim Park. Agaves will serve traditional Mexican fare in a spirit of freshness and authenticity, and the full service bars - inside and al fresco - will be shaking up margaritas and dispensing cold cervezas.

DI Sports seeking alternate location for gym, may build facility
Subsequent to running a story about new organization DI Sports operating athletic leagues, classes, and open gym out of a facility at 2509 Clements Ferry Road, the Daniel Island News has learned that, based on issues associated with Berkeley County parking requirements, the group could not make this particular space work and is currently exploring other locations including building a new center in either Mount Pleasant or on Daniel Island.

George Consulting takes over 4,621 square feet at 225 Seven Farms Drive
Public and private sector-focused program management and technology services firm George Consulting has moved into suite 300 of the 225 Seven Farms Drive building. The company had previously occupied space on both the second and fourth floors of that building, and was thrilled to logistically consolidate within the same home base. Mike White of Charleston Industrial, LLC brokered the lease, placing the commercial tenant in the building’s entire third floor. George Consulting’s client list has a heavy emphasis on the U.S. Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, including the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, Department of State, and Space and Naval Warfare (SPAWAR) Systems Center. The firm is expanding its private-sector work, as well as growing from the current employee roster of 30, which is split between Daniel Island and Washington, DC. CEO Rick George tells us the company, which started in Maryland, celebrated its 10-year anniversary on July 18.

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