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On the Menu, May 17, 2017

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On the Menu provides the latest news from the Upstate’s culinary community, including new restaurants, new menu items and upcoming events, as well as details about local chefs. Submissions should be sent to

RJ Rockers, Henhouse Brunch partner for beer dinner

RJ Rockers Brewing Co. is teaming up with one of Spartanburg's newest restaurants, HenHouse Brunch, for a beer dinner in the brewery on Monday, May 22, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at RJ Rockers.

According to information from the Spartanburg Downtown Association, chefs from HenHouse and brewers from RJ Rockers will be on hand to provide information about the beer and food, as well answer any questions. The beer dinner will feature a specialty beer, available only at the dinner, created to compliment one course of the meal.

A limited number of tickets are available. Cost is $50 and can only be purchased online. Attendees must be 21 or older and present a valid ID, and are required to bring a printed or electronic copy of their ticket to enter.


Captain D's signs franchise development agreement for five new restaurants in S.C.

Casual seafood restaurant Captain D's has signed a franchise development agreement to open five restaurants in South Carolina over the next several years.

"Over the past six years, Captain D's has continually achieved success and consistent same-store sales increases. We've leveraged these accomplishments to propel our franchise development and drive interest from franchisee prospects nationwide," said Michael Arrowsmith, chief development officer of Captain D's, in a news release. "The compounding success Captain D's has experienced is a true testament to the strength of our business model, which has allowed us to appeal to a new, wider demographic of consumers. South Carolina is chock-full of potential, and we look forward to expanding our footprint in the state."

GOALZ Restaurant Group LLC will lead the Captain D's development in South Carolina, with plans to open five new restaurants over the next several years throughout the Greenville-Spartanburg area, as well as in Rock Hill. Shawn Eby and Danny Robinson will serve as principal owner and vice president of operations, respectively, each of whom have more than 25 years of experience in restaurant operations. The franchisee group is also currently developing new Captain D's locations in Kentucky and North Carolina.

With 514 restaurants in 21 states, Captain D's is the fast-casual seafood leader and number one seafood franchise in America ranked by average unit volume. The company is currently seeking single- and multi-unit operators to join in the brand's rapid expansion, according to the release.

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