UPDATE: 70+ Charleston restaurants have signed on to the Strawless Summer Challenge

These restaurants do not suck


Surfrider Foundation beach sweep participants picked up 300 straws below Folly Pier in one hour in May - PROVIDED
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  • 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:

Local 616
The Macintosh
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
Carolina Roadhouse
Burro Loco
Gulfstream Cafe
New York Prime
Chophouse '47
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
Snapper Jack's
Rutledge Cab Company
Jack of Cups

If you'd like to get your bar or restaurant involved, email chair@charleston.surfrider.org.

UPDATE: As of Fri. June 23 morning, an additional 10 restaurants have agreed to the Strawless Summer pledge. Here they are:

Smoky Oak Taproom
Black Magic Folly Beach
Black Magic James Island
Mellow Mushroom Charleston
The Americano
Cru Cafe
Gentry Bar & Room
The Grocery
Fuel Charleston
82 Queen
Swig & Swine (both locations)
Lowcountry Bistro

UPDATE (5/26/17):
Mellow Avondale
Mellow Downtown Charleston
Mellow North Charleston
Mellow Summerville

UPDATE (6/30/17):
LongHorn (Mount Pleasant location)
Scram Food Truck
Ms. Rose's
492 King
Hominy Grill
Le Farfalle
The Park Cafe
Burtons Grill and Bar
Dunleavy's Pub
Butcher & Bee
Smoke BBQ
Queen Street Hospitality (82 Queen, LowCountry Bistro, Swig and Swine l & ll)
FILL Restaurant and Piano Bar
Fish Restaurant
Vincent Chicco's, Michael's on The Alley, and The Victor Social Club
Virginia's on King
Bohemian Bull
Coconut Joe's IOP
Slightly North of Broad
Chico Feo
The Screen Door
Lagunitas Taproom and Beer Sanctuary
Burns Alley
Triangle Char and Bar
39 Rue De Jean
Three Little Birds Cafe
City of Charleston
Sermet's Courtyard Daniel Island
Pier 101
Mex 1 West Ashley
Mex 1 Sullivan's Island


The Refuge
The Pickled Palate
Mixson Bath & Racquet Club/ Basico
On Forty One
Pier 41
Jack’s Café
Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar in Downtown Summerville
D’allesandro’s Pizza

The City of Charleston has also joined in the #StrawlessSummer campaign, including James Island Recreation Center, Bayview Soccer Complex, Municipal Golf Course, Bee's Landing Recreation Center, West Ashley Park, and Governors Park.

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