Friendly's closes after economic meltdown

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Friendly's closes after economic meltdown

By JULIANN VACHON jvachon@beaufortgazette.com 843-706-8184
Published Monday, September 13, 2010   |  400 Words  |  news

After more than 10 years in business, Friendly's Restaurant and Ice Cream Shoppe in Port Royal has closed.
"We went into the summer and wanted to see what would happen and the positive trends just weren't (there)," owner Faith Roppelt said. "It's definitely the economy."
The store at 1664 Ribaut Road is the second restaurant in the Beaufort-Port Royal area to close within about a week, following Kathleen's Bar and Grille, which closed Sept. 5.
Roppelt thanked customers for "10 great years" and said she does not plan to reopen the store.
Before Friendly's moved in, the building was occupied by a Denny's restaurant.
OTHER BUSINESSES
Other recent business openings, closings and changes in the area:

  • The University of South Carolina Beaufort has opened a new restaurant for students and the public on its historic Beaufort campus.
    Outtakes Café offers daily specials and hot breakfasts, lunches and dinners, according to Rochelle Reese, director of dining services at USCB.
    Other options include deli salads, wraps, sandwiches and a Starbucks kiosk, Reese said.
    "We also offer catering and can do small and large events," said Reese, who has spent more than 15 years in the hospitality industry and works for Chartwells, USCB's dining service provider.
    USCB wants the community to feel welcome and hopes the restaurant will become part of the historic neighborhood, said Lynn McGee, vice chancellor for university advancement.
    "We're really hoping it will be a nice addition," McGee said.
    The restaurant, located on USCB's campus at 801 Carteret St., is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Reese said.
    Details: 843-521-4193
  • Treasures of Beaufort, a thrift and consignment store, recently opened at 426 Parris Island Gateway across the street from the Love House Ministries.
    Merchandise on display in its 3,000 square feet of showroom includes clothes, individual furniture pieces and sets, antiques and new mattresses, owner Jeffrey Rinesmith said.
    "My store will have things in it that no one else's will," Rinesmith said.
    Details: 843-321-0507
  • Lowcountry Urgent Care opened last week at 182 Sea Island Parkway on Lady's Island, near the site of the old Grayco hardware store. It is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
    Details: 843-322-1933