30+ Charleston Restaurants Have Signed on to the Strawless Summer Challenge

These restaurants do not suck
Surfrider Foundation beach sweep participants picked up 300 straws below Folly Pier in one hour in May

If the turnout at Tuesday’s Strawless Summer Challenge kickoff at Redux was any indication, Charleston does not, in fact, suck. According to Kate Dittloff, Surfrider Charleston Chapter Chair, and one of the organizers of the initiative designed to encourage local bars and restaurants to stop using plastic straws, the Strawless Summer launch party was a huge success and the program is gaining participants faster than you can slurp up a smoothie.

“It was an awesome event! Standing room only — probably about 75 to 100 people there with a ton from the food and bev industry,” says Dittloff. So far, 30 local restaurants have pledged to give up plastic straws this summer, but Dittloff has high hopes that that number could quadruple. “We hope to have upwards of 100 restaurants and would love for even more,” she says.

Restaurants and bars have until July 1 to get onboard and participation requires that a restaurant not use straws with any drink and only provide one upon request. “And if requested we definitely encourage paper straws,” adds Dittloff.

So who’s putting their money where their, er, straw was?

Here’s the full list of participants so far:

Local 616
The Macintosh
Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar
Glowfisch Hospitality (Five Loaves and Sesame Burgers)
Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub
Stems & Skins
Yo Bo Cantina Fresca
California Dreaming Columbia
California Dreaming Charleston
California Dreaming North Myrtle Beach
California Dreaming Surfside
Carolina Roadhouse
Burro Loco
Gulfstream Cafe
New York Prime
Chophouse ’47
California Dreaming Greenville
Morgan Creek Grill
ISLE OF PALMS Marina Market
Kingdom
Sazerac Brand Ambassador, South Carolina – Firefly Vodkas
Stella’s
Madra Rua Irish Pub Summerville
Madra Rua Park Circle
Rita’s Seaside Grill
Ink N Ivy
Snapper Jack’s
Rutledge Cab Company
Jack of Cups

If you’d like to get your bar or restaurant involved, email chair@charleston.surfrider.org.

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