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:
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
New York Prime
California Dreaming Greenville
Morgan Creek Grill
ISLE OF PALMS Marina Market
Sazerac Brand Ambassador, South Carolina – Firefly Vodkas
Madra Rua Irish Pub Summerville
Madra Rua Park Circle
Rita’s Seaside Grill
Ink N Ivy
Rutledge Cab Company
Jack of Cups
If you’d like to get your bar or restaurant involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.