As a testament of their goodwill, Charleston Marble and Granite have opened up their very own food bank, and this month they are working with Star Gospel Mission to donate free turkey dinners complete with sides to the hungry and homeless. The company started in November and managed to feed 250 people for Thanksgiving. With more flyers and word of mouth, this month should be even bigger. All of the money for food and publicity is coming straight out of the company’s pockets. Owner Kim Gonzalez’s father, who died recently, did mission work in Texas and is the project’s inspiration. What they hope now is that community members will donate money to area food banks and crisis ministries and pay more attention to a growing problem. —Katherine DuPre


Walking into Bobo’s Deli and Grill on Folly Road is like walking into the Cheers bar. The “regulars” know each other’s names, each other’s family’s names, and all the local gossip. On Thursday, December 8, Bobo’s lost one of their regulars. Marcus Hammond was shot and killed in the restaurant’s parking lot after walking his girlfriend to her car. The shooter, Randall Mohning, had been stalking Hammond’s girlfriend, and shot himself in Iowa shortly after the incident. Now, as the Bobo’s “family” recovers, Mike Bennett says that he wants customers to know that the shooting should not reflect the restaurant or James Island. “It was a freak accident,” says Bennett, who is married to the owner. “It’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime things, and now it’s already happened once.” —KD


Med Deli, the eclectic little eatery tucked next to what is now Staples and Earth Fare in West Ashley, has introduced a new Saturday brunch menu. The restaurant’s usual deli-style fare includes favorites such as black bean soup, but the brunch menu seems to be more classically southern and includes biscuits and gravy, fruit plates, pancakes and muffins, classic eggs and bacon, shrimp and andouille and other omelettes, and mimosas. The deli’s bar is keeping its happy hour going strong, weekdays from 4-7 p.m., and lunch and dinner is still served Monday-Saturday. Visit Med Deli in the South Windemere Shopping Center or call 766-0323 for more information. —KD

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