The Upstate SC

VOL12ISS2 2016

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VOLUME 10—ISSUE 1 35 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — UPSTATE SC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 SPARTANBURG | (864) 592-4122 Lowest tuition Online degrees Over 80 programs University Transfer Short-term career training Accredited, two-year public college Five convenient locations in Spartanburg, Duncan, Gaffney and Union! Spartanburg Community College This is Just the Beginning. Schedule a Tour Today! Owner Nicole Sophabmixay is a member of Spartanburg's Lam family, which has been influential to the local restaurant scene for more than a decade (Lime Leaf Thai, SunKing Chinese Buffet/Ichiban Japanese restaurants, Koi Asian Bistro in Greenville and others). Pokérrito, a concept that blends Hawaiian cuisine with sushi will open in the 2,700-square-foot space next to Growler Haus by year end. A menu with both raw and cooked items will also include Soju, a Korean alcohol that can be used to make cocktails. It is believed that the concept will be the first poke restaurant in South Carolina. For old-world Italian cuisine, diners go to Renato in Centro, one of the best culinary destinations in town. Mezcal Mexican restaurant will add to the diverse restaurant offerings when it opens in the 126-year-old Lundy Building in late 2016. To check off their bucket list, visitors make their way to two local iconic institutions, Nu-Way Restaurant and Lounge and the historic Beacon Drive-In (home of "call it" and massive amounts of sweet tea). Nu-Way is Spartanburg's oldest continuously running restaurant in operation since 1938. Owned by local Becky Myers, the small dive is known for its burgers, ambiance (or lack of) and tiny floor space where musicians crowd together to entertain with live music. Some famous names have walked through the door, including actress Julia Roberts, who stopped in while filming "Sleeping with the Enemy." The first female owner of Nu-Way has already left her mark, particularly behind the grill with inventions of the Redneck Cheeseburger, the Trailer Park Melt, White Trash burger and others. Her creativity has earned attention from Southern Living, Garden & Gun (Best Southern Burger Spot) and other national media outlets. Myers likes that her restaurant/dive appeals to everyone from college professors, lawyers and white collar professionals who sit elbow-to-elbow with blue collar workers. "The people of Spartanburg have kept Nu-Way open," said Myers. I love it because I can help the community that I grew up in. It's all about supporting local. That's what we have here that other communities don't have — people who care. But, at the end of the day, we are not everyone's cup of tea, but we are a lot of people's shot of whiskey." Did you know? Spartanburg County grows more peaches than the state of Georgia and it is the second largest peach producing state behind California. Spartanburg is the 12th largest city in South Carolina with an estimated urban population of 180,000. []

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