California Dreaming restaurant to reopen September 22 with Irma repairs complete


Popular Charleston dining hot spot redirected perishable food supplies to local charities, guests invited back for free croissants all day Saturday  

CHARLESTON, S.C. (September 22, 2017) – After withstanding both a soaking from Tropical Storm Irma early last week and subsequent small fire, Charleston, S.C. casual dining favorite California Dreaming will reopen Saturday, September 23 at 11 a.m. The restaurant is offering its signature fresh croissants for free all day Saturday, as a small token of appreciation to patient guests.

“We consider ourselves very fortunate to have pulled through this storm as well as we did,” said California Dreaming operating partner Brent Register. “While our scenic lower Ashley River location is part of the attraction to our location, it also makes us vulnerable to rare weather events like Tropical Storm Irma. Our sincere thanks go out to Charleston County police and fire services for their assistance as well all so many regular guests who have sent us their light hearted encouragement through social media. Our thoughts remain with individuals and businesses who continue in their recovery efforts.”

Tropical Storm Irma flooded the space below the building but left the upstairs restaurant area mostly undamaged. A small fire believed to be related to flooding of electrical equipment further complicated the repairs which were completed this week.

Once it became apparent the restaurant would not be able to serve guests for several days, store management worked quickly to donate over $10,000 worth of perishable prepared foods and food supply to Tricounty Family Ministries, an organization dedicated to fulfilling basic needs to those most vulnerable with respect and care. Learn how you can help at

The restaurant’s 150 employees are eager to return to work and when not involved in cleanup efforts, enjoyed reading social media posts from regular guests. In fact, the free croissant giveaway was the staff’s idea of a small thank you to those who posted “#croissantstrong,” a play on the “#charlestonstrong” hashtag last week.

California Dreaming is located at 1 Ashley Pointe Dr., Charleston and will resume its regular lunch and dinner service from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


Be A Hero & Grow A Septembeard


CentraArchy heroes grow Septembeards.

ATLANTA (September 1, 2017) – September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month and CentraArchy Restaurants will be raising awareness the entire month by growing a SeptemBEARD. Since 2012, they have raised over $16,000!

Fifty-two employees have joined the CentraArchy BeardArchy 2017 team, contributing a $100 donation and raising $5,700 for Septembeard. A cHAIRity dedicated to helping save lives through better research for Prostate Cancer.

For more information or to make a donation to Septembeard, visit


Our Favorite Dishes in the Carolinas

SPG Weekend Channel, 9/2017

No trip to the South is complete without experiencing the food. Local favorites might change from one region to the next but all Southern food has one thing in common: It’s delicious! Explore these eight dishes for a true taste of the Carolinas.

Myrtle Beach, SC | Carolina Roadhouse’s “Killer Dog”

A hot dog and chili fries go together like sand and surf. Carolina Roadhouse serves up a foot-long
kosher hot dog that tastes like it just came off the backyard grill. Order a side of fries topped
with chili, cheese and onions to share.

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Carolina Roadhouse + New York Prime-32

Best of Columbia

Free Times, August 2017

Best Salad, 17 years running
California Dreaming, Columbia

Seinfeld’s Elaine Benes was ever pining for the “big salad.” Well, she’d love California Dreaming. They’ve got the biggest damn salad in town. But, the restaurant’s salads aren’t only big. They’re also fresh and delicious. The signature California Dreaming Salad is tops. BONUS: You get to eat in a castle.”

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Toast the August 21 eclipse with limited edition beverage

solar - web featureCentraArchy restaurants invite diners to toast the August 21 eclipse with limited edition beverage

ATLANTA (August 7, 2017) – As cities in the path of totality prepare to host visitors from around the region for the region’s first total eclipse of the sun in 38 years on August 21, CentraArchy restaurants are offering a month long drink special to celebrate. The limited edition adult beverage is offered at all 19 restaurant locations—many of which are in or very near the path of totality—through the end of August.

“Such a rare event in Atlanta deserves a proper toast,” said CentraArchy vice president and COO George Ogorek. “‘Total Eclipse’ features floated black rum eclipsing a refreshing blend of ginger beer with fresh squeezed lime and orange juice. A sunny orange wedge tops it off for the perfect eclipse toast.”


Honoring Veterans

Charleston-based restaurant company serves up nearly 15,000 meals for veterans 

ATLANTA (November 16, 2016) – As Americans reflect on Veteran’s Day 2016, The Tavern at Phipps, New York Prime, Joey D’s Oak Room, California Dreaming and five additional CentraArchy Restaurants concepts throughout the Southeast have counted 14,868 heroes and their families served on this day of appreciation. The free and discounted Veteran’s Day meals represent a total value of over $150,000.

“While we can never truly repay our veterans for their sacrifices and service, it is important and necessary that each of us do what we can to show our continuous appreciation for those men and women who have served our country,” said CentraArchy chairman Jerry Greenbaum.

CentraArchy Restaurants include The Tavern at Phipps, New York Prime, Joey D’s Oak Room, California Dreaming and five additional concepts (19 restaurants company-wide). The company honored veterans and active duty military service members with free entrées and 25% off entrées to accompanying family.


Family-run Restaurants Serve Veterans

ATLANTA (October 19, 2016)  To all the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve in our armed forces, your service deserves ours. All 19 CentraArchy Restaurants* are showing their gratitude this Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, by honoring veterans and active duty military service members with a FREE entrée and 25% off entrée(s) to their accompanied family.

“Many members of the CentraArchy family, have served our country, including my father,” said Greg Greenbaum, President of CentraArchy Restaurants, “this is just one way we want to recognize their service and say thank you.”

Visit *New York Prime, California Dreaming, The Tavern at Phipps, Chophouse New Orleans, Carolina Roadhouse, Joey D’s Oak Room, Chophouse ’47, Gulfstream Café, & Burro Loco on Friday, November 11, 2016 with a valid military ID or proof of service to enjoy a free entrée from the regular dinner menu (excluding AQ items, Porterhouse, alcohol and tax). For location details and hours of operation, please visit

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