“Reinventing Triangle” – West Of Newspaper

Triangle Char & Bar gets a new chef, a new menu, a new bar, and a whole new attitude
By Andy Lassiter
West Of Contributing Writer

One thing about West Ashley, and Avondale Point in particular, is that the area is constantly transforming. Having so many independent businesses and restaurants in one central location is both good for business and competitively challenging. This is evident by the ever-changing signs and façades located along this trendy restaurant and retail strip.

Triangle Char & Bar, a former service station on the corner of Magnolia Road and Savannah Highway, has been an evolving concept since its beginning as the Cuban-inspired Avondale Station in 2006. Since then, the location has morphed into the Triangle Char & Bar, a neighborhood restaurant and bar, that has established itself as a landmark in the Avondale Point area.

But sharing a block with longtime staples Gene’s Haufbrau and local favorites such as Pearlz, Voodoo, and A Di La doesn’t give a restaurant much of a chance to sit on its laurels, even if it is located in one of the most visible locations in West Ashley, along a busy stretch of Savannah Highway. So Triangle continues to reinvent itself. So Triangle has shaken things up once again with major interior renovations, live music, late night hours, a new chef, and a new menu.

Inside, the atmosphere is markedly more casual and the overhauled menu is more accessible to diners. New chef Damian Ambs is featuring specialty burgers made from local grass-fed beef, raised by Hill Creek farms in Timmonsville, with a variety of toppings like fried egg, pimento spread, and savory pork belly.

Now, in addition to the regular 4-7 p.m. happy hour, new daily specials include taco Tuesdays ($3 tacos and Corona’s), Wingin’ Wednesday’s (1/2-priced wings), and all day happy hour on Friday.

The most noticeable change inside, is a modern floor to ceiling urban graffiti-themed mural, painted by local artist and musician McIver Wells. The interior bar has been doubled in size and extends into the dining room, flanked by new flat screen TVs.

Complimenting the extended bar is the spacious dining room, which is no longer partitioned, to accommodate live bands and a larger after hours crowd. Already booked through January, the concert schedule at Triangle features a wide variety of local talent, ranging from DJs, to rock bands, to acoustic duos.