The new restaurant will open at 101 Federal Street, just around the corner from recently opened Shucks Oyster Bar. In March 2017 Anderson City Council approved a $68,500 incentive package for the project. Allocated in five payments spread over six years, the project is projected to generate more than $70,000 in new revenue for the city during that amount of time and the taxable value of the property is expected to increase by $700,000, according to City Manager Linda McConnell. Last July, council members approved a $37,400 grant to help pay for interior improvements at Shucks Oyster Bar. The city previously provided financial incentives for the Mellow Mushroom restaurant in downtown Anderson.
Restaurant owner Johnny Angell hopes to open the sushi bar late in 2017 and says that in addition to sushi, the menu will include two to three high end steaks and burger options. The new restaurant will include seating for 100 customers, and two residential lofts will be added to the building as well.
By next summer, the blighted area under the Murray Avenue bridge in downtown Anderson may be transformed into a pedestrian-friendly park featuring an array of trees, decorative lighting, new sidewalks and public art.
A $30,000 grant from the South Carolina National Heritage Corridor has been awarded to serve as a catalyst for the project to transform the blighted area under the Murray Avenue bridge in Downtown Anderson into a pedestrian friendly pocket park featuring trees, landscaping, decorative lighting, new sidewalks, and engaging public art. The terms of the grant require that the project be complete by August 2018.
The lighting and the presence of more people will improve public safety around the bridge, which is near an abandoned steel plant and several other vacant buildings, as well as the popular Earle Street Kitchen and Bar. It will also serve as a “bridge” to connect the underdeveloped west-end of Downtown Anderson with commercialized Main Street. The next step in the process will be to hire a consulting firm to propose a final design and budget for the project so that construction can get underway.