Calendar Girl Erica Jackson went to the grand opening of the Mt. Pleasant Mellow Mushroom on Saturday and gave us the following report:

On Saturday, Mellow Mushroom invited a few lucky folks to their new Mt. Pleasant location to take part in a training session before their grand opening. Located in the Ivy Hall neighborhood right across from the new Wal-Mart shopping center, the spot is bigger and brighter than the downtown location. The menu is the same, along with the trippy murals and funky artwork spread throughout the place, but the open, airy building really sets it apart. From the cool fountain out front and the spacious full bar, to the covered patio and shiny flat-screen TVs, the new location offers an expanded and family-friendly option for diners east of the Cooper.

The place was fully-staffed and ready to go when we were there, and despite being slammed, we got fast, impeccable service. They also plan to offer entertainment options like live music, trivia, and karaoke throughout the week. The restaurant opens to the public today. Check it out at 3110 Hwy. 17 North or call (843) 881-4PIE. They’ll be open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.