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Town Center's restaurants open

No power, no stove, no meal?

Charleston Town Center Mall spokeswoman Lisa McCracken said the shopping center has had electricity throughout the storm and lots of families are coming for a hot meal.

All nine of the mall's food court restaurants, all seven of its full-service, street-level restaurants, the Dairy Queen, and all of the shops that sell treats, candies, cookies and frozen yogurt have been open as usual, McCracken said.

Picnic Place, the mall food court on the third level, was filling up on Tuesday afternoon, "not necessarily with business people who have come for lunch or teens who are enjoying a day off but families who came because they lost power and are looking for a hot meal," McCracken said.

"We've had power all day and are open regular hours," she said Tuesday afternoon. "All of our restaurants are open and serving, as is Starbucks."

The mall is open until 9 p.m. weekdays.

Restaurants in the shopping center's food court offer a variety of foods from Greek to Japanese to American classics like pizza. The center's street-level restaurants are: Chop House, Panera Bread, Outback Steakhouse, Chili's, Tidewater Grille, Five Guys Burgers and Fries, and Qdoba Mexican Grill.

"We've got plenty to eat and lights to sit down and eat it in," McCracken said.

Tammy Borstnar, executive director of the Capitol Market, said the market and SoHo's Restaurant closed at 2 p.m. Tuesday because of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's request that people stay off the highways and "so our merchants and farmers could get home safely to their families before dark."

The market will reopen at 9 a.m. Wednesday, and SoHo's will open at 11 a.m. for lunch, she said.

All of the market's vendors have ample inventories of food and merchandise, Borstnar said.

"People who want a prepared meal can choose from SoHo's, Johnnie's Meat Market, The Fresh Seafood Co. & Market, Capitol Roasters and The Purple Onion," she said. "They all have prepared meals.

"In addition, Johnnie's has fresh meat, the fish market has fresh fish and The Purple Onion has lots of things to stock your kitchen."

Capitol Market also offers free wireless Internet access.

The market expects to remain open on Wednesday until its regular closing time, 6 p.m., Borstnar said.

Contact writer George Hohmann at or 304-348-4836.


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