Community Tap ups food game, Woodside Bistro temporarily closes: Weekly Dish

Local wine and beer favorite The Community Tap announced on social media it would add a food program at its Wade Hampton location.

The menu will focus on tasty snacks that go well with beer and wine, such as meats, cheeses and pretzels.

The business had previously added snacks, such as a ham-and-butter sandwich, at its location at The Commons, known as the Trailside location. Trailside has a prep kitchen where the bites would be prepared then taken to the other locations.

Now food will also be prepared in the Wade Hampton location. The business enlisted Mavin Construction to do the upfit and is onboarding kitchen staff members.

“It’s only taken 14 years, so here we are,” said co-owner Mike Okupinski with a laugh. Neil Winter, the location’s general manager, will oversee the program. Okupinski said Winter “knows more about cheese than anyone (he’s) ever met.”

He said guests can expect rousing cheese specials. Fans can also look forward to pop-ups with guest chefs down the road.

Guests can expect options such as meat-and-cheese boards, pretzels, house-made dips and ham-and-butter sandwiches on Rise Bakery bread. Photo by Tiare-Leiana Solis

With the addition of food, furry friends will no longer be allowed inside but will still be welcome under the deck and tents.

The Community Tap has three locations: 217 Wade Hampton Blvd., The Commons at Unity Park in Greenville, and in Travelers Rest at 321-B S. Main St.

The new menu is expected to be available on June 26.


After four months of waiting, Eggs Up Grill in Mauldin has arrived in the former spot of longtime Mauldin bake shop Gretchen’s ABS Cakes.

The South Carolina-born business arrived with some fanfare, giving away free breakfast for a year to more than 20 early customers during a grand opening June 13.

Eggs Up Grill Mauldin owner Conley McIntyre with his staff and Mayor Terry Merritt. Photo by Tiare-Leiana Solis

The new location includes inside and outside seating, plus a space for private meetings it calls The Community Coop.

Eggs Up Grill in Mauldin is located at 439 N. Main St. and is open from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily.


Local favorite Woodside Bistro announced the week of June 10 via social media that it will be closed until further notice. A reopening date was not given, but the restaurant assured its patrons that it was only closing its doors for maintenance and exciting new changes. Stay tuned for what’s to come. Woodside Bistro is located inside the Woodside Cotton Mill Village Historic District at the corner of East Fifth Street and Woodside Avenue west of downtown Greenville.


Speaking of exciting changes, Golden Llama Peruvian Rotisserie & Grill reopened its Greenville location June 13 following some changes of its own. The restaurant redesigned its bar and food menus to better showcase the eclectic flavors of Peruvian cuisine.

If you’re lost or have never had a Peruvian dish, some of Golden Llama’s items include:

  • Causa limeña, a dish that marries fish to lime-infused mashed potatoes.
  • Pescado a lo macho, a meal made with fish and aji amarillo sauce for a spicy bite and creamy texture.
  • Peruvian ceviche. Peru is widely regarded as having the best ceviche recipe in the world. (Pro tip: When you finish your ceviche, be sure to enjoy the leche de tigre left over.)

Golden Llama Peruvian Rotisserie & Grill has two locations: 2435 E. North St. in Greenville, and 2607 Woodruff Road in Simpsonville.


Grimaldi’s Pizzeria on Woodruff Road in Greenville closed permanently in mid-June. The national chain has locations in 12 states. It’s only remaining store in South Carolina is in Mount Pleasant.

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