Geechee Boy Seafood, 1210 Laney-Walker Blvd., opens today.
The new restaurant will serve fish, shrimp and other seafood -- "you name it," said owner Nelson Ancrum Sr. The name Geechee comes from the nickname for the islands around Charleston, where Mr. Ancrum is from.
"I'm the Geechee Boy," Mr. Ancrum said.
Mr. Ancrum, a construction contractor, will run the restaurant with his son, Nelson C. Ancrum Jr. "I've been cooking all my life," he said.
The restaurant seats up to 60. It is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. It is closed Sunday and Monday.
Meal prices range from $3 to $7. "This is going to be a people's restaurant," Mr. Ancrum said. "You don't need $20 to come in this door."
For more information, call Mr. Ancrum at 774-9874.
ON VALENTINE'S DAY, Pullman Hall, the Catered Affair, will offer a bountiful buffet of gourmet eats and treats.
For $25 a person, couples can sample exotic hors d'oeuvres, salads, entrees and sweets. The first bottle of wine is gratis, and All That Jazz will perform.
"It's going to be a festive occasion," said chef Marc Sublette. "We're going to do a neat thing here."
Pullman Hall, 360 Walton Way, is open for special events and catered affairs. Saturday's dinner will begin at 7 p.m.
Hors d'oeuvres include smoked salmon on saffron risotto cakes, grilled shrimp wrapped in prosciutto, sushi, oysters with fennel slaw, wild mushrooms and goat cheese spanokopita and cilantro seared tuna on spicy chips with mango relish.
Dinner offerings include Chateau Briand, sauteed snapper and leg of lamb accompanied by haricot vert almondine, asparagus hollandaise or orange-glazed carrots. And for the grande finale, dessert: tiramisu, creme brulee or white chocolate cheesecake.
Reservations so far have been largely for groups of couples, Mr. Sublette said, but families and singles are welcome, too.
"It will be romantic for those who wish to keep it that way," he said.
Call 722-4910 for reservations.
CAMINO REAL MEXICAN RESTAURANT, 2501 Washington Road, is scheduled to open in March. The new restaurant, which is owned by partners Ramon Ortiz and Miguel Wong, will serve Tex-Mex-style and "real Mexican" food. It will open in the same location as The Moghul, which recently closed.
Know of a restaurant opening, closing, changing its menu or doing something special? Call Frank Witsil at 823-3352 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. weekdays, or send a fax to him at 722-7403.