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Certified Angus Beef hopes its #RestaurantChallenge initiative will encourage folks to continue supporting local restaurants still reeling from the pandemic. As part of the program — which asks restaurant patrons to take a picture of where they are dining and post it to social media using the #RestaurantChallenge hashtag — four restaurants nationwide will be selected weekly to receive a $2,500 tip to be split among employees. 

So far, two Charleston-area restaurants have been awarded this tip, and two more will receive a $2,500 check before the challenge ends on April 11, a Certified Angus Beef spokesperson confirmed. 

“These actions combined with small acts of kindness like tipping big, leaving a five-star review or sharing social media posts add up,” said Certified Angus Beef senior vice president of marketing Tracey Erickson in a press release. “It’s a good cause and a great excuse to avoid doing the dishes.”

In Charleston, Oak Steakhouse and Lewis Barbecue received tips last week, and Shem Creek Crab House in Mount Pleasant will be recognized on Thursday, April 1. Swig & Swine will also receive a $2,500 check before April 11, the spokesperson said. 

You can participate in the challenge by dining at or ordering from your favorite local restaurant, sharing where you ate on social media and tagging the restaurant. Certified Angus Beef will select 10 participants to receive a $100 Visa gift card weekly.  

Charleston-based food blogger Christine England — who runs the Lowcountry Eat Out Facebook page — is partnering with Certified Angus Beef to bring more awareness to the initiative locally. Folks who dine and share on her Facebook page using the hashtag will be entered to win an additional $100 gift card to one of the week’s featured restaurants, England said. 

For more information, visit challenge.certifiedangusbeef.com