TRAVELERS REST — One factor Meredith Bost discovered since she began creating scorching canine recipes about six years in the past is that folks do not love hard-boiled eggs as a topper.
Nonetheless, whereas Bost and her enterprise accomplice, Kris McGowan, sat within the almost-complete Resident Canines diner in Vacationers Relaxation, McGowan stated he may have considered a recipe to make eggs might work.
“It’s trial and error,” Bost stated. “I’ve tried to place mashed potatoes on like seven completely different sorts of hotdogs and simply lastly discovered one that folks would eat with the shepherd’s pie.”
Whether or not creating greater than 150 recipes or naming menu gadgets, they “wish to have quite a lot of enjoyable,” McGowan stated.
The pair will open two eating places inside per week, with the Vacationers Relaxation location coming June 30 on the heels of a June 24 opening in a delivery container at Collect GVL in downtown Greenville’s West Finish.
The enjoyable began years prior when Bost was coming off of a 12-year stint of working on the Handlebar in Greenville. After the music venue closed, Bost was confronted with the looming query of what to do subsequent. She dreamed of at some point proudly owning a sandwich store, so she seemed into meals vehicles.
One in all Meredith Bost’s scorching canine from her restaurant Resident Canines, with places in Vacationers Relaxation and Greenville. Supplied/Meredith Bost
“I couldn’t afford a meals truck as a result of they had been costly,” Bost stated. “However I might afford a scorching canine cart.”
From there, Resident Canines was born. Bost pushed her cart to enterprise occasions, breweries, and birthday events, establishing and promoting wieners in all sorts of climate.
“It was immediately well-liked,” stated McGowan, whose friendship with Bost stretches again to Mauldin Excessive College. “Individuals actually began flocking to her. She constructed a really massive following, which is fairly cool to see from an outsider’s viewpoint.”
When the chance offered itself to affix the gathering house in Vacationers Relaxation shaped by Neighborhood Faucet’s third location and a gallery owned by Coldwell Banker Caine, McGowan known as it a symbiotic transfer. Bost and McGowan have had a robust relationship with Neighborhood Faucet through the years, typically holding pop-ups on the Wade Hampton Boulevard location. Bost’s husband has labored for Neighborhood Faucet for eight years.
Past their relationship with the bar, the spot appealed to them due to the outside seating house, the proximity to the Swamp Rabbit Path and the dog-friendly constructing. Canine friendliness, McGowan stated, was really Bost’s most important requirement when trying to find a brick-and-mortar spot.
“It’s essential to get what you need out of the placement,” McGowan stated. “It’s sufficiently small for us to really feel succesful and never overwhelmed. The kitchen is massive sufficient to supply all of the meals we have to produce. We’ve a beautiful exterior seating space in a beautiful little city.”
They began engaged on the diner location in October 2021. In February, Resident Canines short-term stuffed the spot of Pasta Addict at Collect GVL on Augusta Road within the West Finish of Greenville whereas the pasta restaurant took a break.
Throughout that point, Bost and McGowan discovered that empanada restaurant Myami Bites was not renewing their lease on the outside meals corridor. Resident Canines agreed to tackle the lease by this June. The pair assumed they’d have already opened their spot in Vacationers Relaxation by early spring.
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The Resident Canines diner in Vacationers Relaxation, S.C. can be open to the general public on June 30, 2022. Stephanie Mirah/employees
When delays occurred with the diner location, they wound up opening each eating places inside days of one another.
“We opened two eating places in like per week,” Bost stated. “It’s not ultimate, however I believe we did all proper. It was not purported to go down like this, however, you realize, it’s like ripping the Band-aid off. We’re simply leaping in.”
Whereas scorching canine can be on the coronary heart of the Vacationers Relaxation location, the menu is increasing to incorporate sandwiches, salads and a rotating meat-and-three idea. They’ve utilized for a liquor license and plan to run a easy cocktail program. Additionally they plan to make non-alcoholic sodas.
“We’re placing bizarre stuff on greater than hotdogs now,” Bost stated.
The house owners described the Collect GVL location as having extra of a “ballpark model menu” — extra abbreviated and fast-paced. Collect GVL sits not far past Fluor Discipline’s right-field wall.
“All the things is scaled right down to be a bit sooner and a bit less difficult to organize,” McGowan stated.
Every restaurant may even serve pies and desserts supplied by the Hester Basic Retailer. The restaurant could have a 70s dive bar and 50s-style diner really feel, with a “very distinctive dinosaur theme all through,” McGowan stated. They’ve plastic dinosaurs lining the primary doorframe and three wire busts of dino heads made by a neighborhood artist hanging on wooden panels. A muralist will paint one of many outer partitions with a Godzilla-like image.
Handmade wired busts of dinosaur heads dangle within the Resident Canines diner in Vacationers Relaxation, S.C. Stephanie Mirah/employees
The Collect location could have an area theme since it’s their “satellite tv for pc” location.
Resident Canines has performed its preliminary hiring, with a employees of 10 between the 2 places. Bost and McGowan do many of the cooking and the prep work.
Resident Canines Vacationers Relaxation location opens to the general public on June 30 and can be open Wednesday by Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The house owners wish to add Sunday brunch quickly.
Their Collect GVL location hours are in limbo. For now, they’re loosely open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. day by day.
The house owners are grateful to their buyer base, saying many have grow to be “a part of the household.”
“All of our buyers had been our prospects,” McGowan stated. “Everybody was somebody that we met on the cart.”
Aside from pop-ups that had been already scheduled, the house owners are pausing on the cart scene in the intervening time till they “work out what life seems like operating a restaurant full time,” Bost stated.
Collect GVL is positioned at 126 Augusta St. in Greenville. Resident Canines in Vacationers Relaxation is positioned within the 300 block of South Principal Road.