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Stone Brewing could build East Coast brewery in SC

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The State reports that the project would be “massive”:

Stone Brewing Co., based in Escondido, Calif., is looking to locate an East Coast Brewery and beer garden for tourists somewhere east of the Mississippi River, a $31 million investment that calls for nearly 400 employees within five years, making between $12 and $48 an hour. Proposals from interested communities were due about a month ago, according to the company, the 10th largest craft brewer in the United States.

The brewery – which makes such colorful products as Arrogant Bastard Ale and Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA – would produce 120,000 barrels of beer the first two years, according to the company’s request for proposals, which is a guideline for communities asking to be considered for the project.

The State‘s article focuses on the proposal for Lexington County near Columbia, South Carolina. Other cities who reportedly are in the running include Myrtle Beach and Charlotte. A company spokeswoman said construction would start in 2014. Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens would be a tourist attraction similar to the company’s California locations.

Individual Chick-Fil-A locations have the option to sell fish sandwiches

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I previously wrote about Chick-Fil-A selling fish sandwiches in selected locations for Lent and I reviewed the sandwich itself. It appeared maybe it was some sort of test marketing scheme for now, but after talking to Chick-Fil-A corporate communications I have something authoritative on where you can get the fish sandwiches and why.

Here’s the explanation:

Your individual restaurants have the option of offering a fish sandwich through April 18.  Since this is an optional menu item, we encourage your [readers] to call their local Chick-fil-A restaurant to see if they are offering the fish sandwich before they visit the store.

My take: you should be sure to go into your local Chick-Fil-A and say you want them to sell fish sandwiches during Lent. You might have to take the extra step of a phone call or email to the local owners and it may be next year before it actually happens.

Review: Chick-Fil-A’s Fish Sandwich

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As I wrote earlier this week, Chick-Fil-A now sells fish sandwiches during Lent, but unfortunately it hasn’t gone national yet. It is only available in a limited number of markets. Here in Baltimore this is the first year they’ve sold them.

The sandwich is about the same size as the classic chicken sandwich at CFA. The batter is about the same consistency as the chicken sandwich and it has a slightly spicy undertone to it (nothing that would keep anyone from eating it.) There is the pickle on the bottom bun just like on the chicken version.

It tastes very good. The one I had was very moist. You can get it as an entree or as part of a combo.

I would think maybe they might roll it out nationally by Lent in 2015 or 2016 depending on how this year goes.

Here’s a picture of the sandwich I ate:

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Chick-Fil-A selling fish sandwiches for Lent

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My wife came home from work earlier to report that our local Chick-Fil-A had a sign up saying that for a limited time they would be selling fish sandwiches. Of course, the timing is perfect since Wednesday kicks off Lent with Ash Wednesday. Catholics , and some other Christians, don’t eat meat on Ash Wednesday or on Fridays during Lent (some Catholics still observe the old rules and don’t eat meat on any Friday, Lent or not.)

I couldn’t find much information online to see if this is a chain-wide thing for CFA. However, I’m thinking it might be national, or regionally in certain areas (we’re in Baltimore if you’re a new reader), because I did find this on the website of a Chick-Fil-A in Missouri:

Chick-fil-A Fish Sandwich returns EVERYDAY of Lent

This year not only will we have the Chick-fil-A Fish Sandwich available Fridays but because our guests requested we will have the Fish Sandwich EVERYDAY of the Lent season, March 5th-April 17th.

This isn’t without precedent. McDonald’s added the Filet-O-Fish to the menu after one franchise owner in Ohio experimented with it locally to save his struggling business in an area that was 87% Catholic.

Additionally, you will notice other fast food restaurants either adding or advertising their fish offerings during Lent. Long John Silver’s and other places advertise more and Golden Corral features seafood on their buffet.

This is just another example of a savvy business move by Chick-Fil-A.

Grotto Pizza expanding into Baltimore-Annapolis-Washington area

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Grotto Pizza is opening a location in Gambrills, Maryland, in the spring. They already have a location in Ocean City. The Delaware-based chain also has locations in Pennsylvania.

The Baltimore Sun has more:

“We had a very successful opening of a location in Ocean City, Md., two years ago, and we felt that we were ready to expand regionally,” he said. “The logical choice for us in the regional expansion is to go where our summertime customers are, and the summertime customers are all in the Annapolis-Baltimore-D.C. triangle.”