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Beer, coffee and BBQ: Columbia restaurants offer specials for SC teachers protesting

Thousands of teachers march to SC State House

South Carolina teachers, students and advocates marched to the State House to call on lawmakers to increase their pay and approve reforms that improve the state’s public schools.
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South Carolina teachers, students and advocates marched to the State House to call on lawmakers to increase their pay and approve reforms that improve the state’s public schools.

With thousands of educators and advocates converging on Columbia to protest for higher pay and better working conditions, several Columbia businesses are offering give-aways or specials to show support for teachers.

More than 6,700 people had registered for Wednesday’s rally at the State House, according to SC for Ed, which is organizing the events to raise awareness and support for better working conditions and higher pay for the state’s teachers.

Some businesses offering deals and give-aways for teachers Wednesday.

  • The Whig, 1200 Main St.: Opens at noon and is offering free water and soda for teachers.
  • Bone-In Barbeque, located next to the Columbia Fireflies stadium in BullStreet District, is offering 20 percent off orders for teachers Wednesday.
  • Drip on Main, 1441 Main St.: Free cup of coffee or espresso drink
  • Curiosity Coffee Bar, 2327 Main St.: Free hot coffee or cold brew
  • River Rat Brewery, 1231 Shop Road: Every teacher gets their first drink for free, including a pint or glass of wine
  • The Grand on Main, 1621 Main St.: Free appetizer with school ID
  • Sandwich Depot, 1211 Taylor St.: 10 percent off order
  • Local Buzz, 141 S. Shandon St. at 2800 Rosewood Drive: $3 lattes all day
  • Indah Coffee on Main, 1332 Main St.: 10 percent discount with school ID
  • Smoothie King: 10 percent discount with school ID
  • Random Tap, 10509 Two Notch Road: Teacher Happy Hour from 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Which Wich Superior Sandwiches: Free chips and drink with purchase of a sandwich with school ID
  • Green Olive Mediterranean Food, 922 Main St.: 10 percent discount
  • Hampton Place Cafe, 1230 Hampton St.: Free drink with a lunch purchase
  • Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom, 802 Gervais St.: 10 percent off lunch order and a free appetizer
  • Jason’s Deli, 823 Gervais St.: 25 percent off food
  • Flying Saucer, 931 Senate St.: 25 percent off food, select beers for $4; half-off appetizers and all beers will be $4 from 4 to 7 p.m.
  • Takosushi, 1115 Assembly St.: 10 percent off lunch orders
  • Cupcake DownSouth, 1213 Lincoln St.: $1 off Red (for Ed!) Velvet cupcakes
  • Nonnah’s, 923 Gervais St.: Free cookie and sweet tea with purchase of a lunch entree
  • Sure Fire Tacos, 916 Gervais St.: Free drink with purchase

  • Stoner’s Pizza Joint, 1216 Washington St.: 20 percent off order
  • Wild Wing Cafe, 729 Lady St.: 10 percent off order all day, and when you buy 12 wings/nuggets, you get 12 free from 5 to 9 p.m.
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