• Cooper River Park Restaurant Will Feature Famous Chef

     
    POSTED September 22, 2014
     
Cooper River Park is receiving a $23 million dollar overhaul, encompassing 374 acres across multiple towns. The renovation will include updates to the health and wellbeing of the river, a new stadium, and a new restaurant. The group spearheading the project of adding a restaurant to the park includes restaurateurs Kevin Meeker and Mike DeBenedictis, architect John Ruiz, and representatives of the Camden County freeholders.
 
The new restaurant will be housed in a building called the Hadley House, which has held restaurants in the past, the most recent having to close down last year. When referencing the vision and idea for what the restaurant will be like Mike Meeker said, "It's not about the chef, it's not about the owner. It's about the customer. When you build your restaurant around them, you'll hit it nine out of 10 times."
 
The park already generates about $110 million a year for local businesses, and they believe these improvements will only further that revenue. They see the restaurant positioned as a place people will travel to visit, not just somewhere to go because you are already there.
 
Part of the reason people will want to come here may have to do with the celebrity chef running the kitchen. Tony Clark is a renowned chef who has worked at places such as The Four Seasons, The Old Grange and the Valley Forge Casino.

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  

 

Doctors, nurses, grocery store employees and more were essential to sustaining the continued stay-at-home orders that helped fight the spread of COVID-19. Such workers put their health at risk for the benefit of society, and Nakoma Resort and the Lost Sierra Chamber of Commerce want to recognize them for their efforts through the “Send Your Heroes” campaign.   

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.