The Greater Columbia Chapter of the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association (SCRLA) hosted it’s annual Columbia Benefit Dinner on November 25 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
At the dinner, four individuals were presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards and inducted into the Columbia Restaurant Hall of Fame. This honor represents a significant accomplishment in South Carolina’s restaurant industry and is presented annually to the Columbia area restaurateurs that exemplify long-term success in this challenging business.
“The restaurant industry in the Midlands is booming with new and exciting concepts and unprecedented development,” said Bobby Williams, President and CEO of Lizard’s Thicket and SCRLA Board Chair. “It was an honor to recognize several outstanding businesspeople and restaurateurs for their achievements at our annual Benefit Dinner.”
The 2019 Restaurant Hall of Fame inductees include:
• Sharon Wright of Good Life Café
• Glenn Kubilus of No Name Deli
• Marila and Walter “Trip” Turbyfill III of Cafe Strudel
Richard Hendren, operating partner of California Dreaming, was presented with the “Rudy” Award and honored for his exemplary service and positive impact on the Columbia restaurant industry. Chad Elsey, Craig Wyatt, Jeb Babcock and Rob Ward, owners of Cantina 76, were honored with the Rising Star Award.
Since 2006, the SCRLA has honored more than 30 restaurateurs for their achievements in the hospitality industry.
About the SC Restaurant and Lodging Association
In its 75th year, the SCRLA’s mission is to promote, protect and educate the foodservice and lodging industries of our state and to ensure positive business growth for our members. The SCRLA strives to represent the best interests of its members on small business issues, hospitality and tourism concerns and towards the protection of South Carolina’s quality of life.