Originally created 05/12/05

Grubbin': Highlander, Wife Saver open earlier



Check out the Scotch whiskies tonight when Willie Tate, master distiller of Isle of Jura single-malt Scotch, visits D. Timm's Jazz Cafe.

He will conduct a tasting of three Isle of Jura brands: a 10-year-old, a 16-year-old and Superstition, a single-malt made with whiskies 16 to 21 years old. The event is free and will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the cafe, 302 Sixth St. Call 774-9500.

You can now get breakfast at a fried-chicken restaurant and lunch at a pub.

The Highlander, a British pub at 133 Georgia Ave. in North Augusta, is open for lunch, and the Wife Saver at 503 Highland Ave. across from Surrey Center, is serving breakfast.

The Highlander's owner, David Drakeley, said he moved his opening from 3 p.m. to 11 a.m. to make up revenue he's lost since North Augusta passed an ordinance requiring bars to close at 2 a.m. weekdays instead of 5 a.m.

The menu is still the same homemade specialties such as English-style sausage and shepherd's pie, and dishes are available to go.

The Wife Saver also has expanded into earlier hours. Manager Shelly Day said the restaurant started serving pancakes, biscuits, eggs and bacon for breakfast in February as an experiment. He decided to try the change because he and his crew were at the restaurant at 7 a.m. anyway.

"It started out slow, but it's growing; at this point, we're busy enough that it's worth it," he said.

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Call Patrick Verel at (706) 823-3332 or send an e-mail to patrick.verel@augustachronicle.com