Fahrenheit 225 opens on Darlington Square
By Samantha Lyles, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fahrenheit 225, downtown Darlington’s newest eatery, is now open for business – in case you couldn’t tell by the tantalizing smell of slow-cooked meats wafting around the Public Square.
Owner and cook Trey Calcutt welcomed guests to a Grand Opening on Tuesday, February 13, and introduced a menu of traditional barbecue favorites and yummy sandwiches and sides. Many offerings feature Calcutt’s original sauce recipe, which he describes as tomato-based and a bit sweeter than many other vinegar-based Pee Dee offerings.
“About six or seven years ago, I started doing barbecue competitions for SCBA (South Carolina Barbecue Association), and I found a recipe that worked for me and that everybody liked, so I started doing a little catering for friends and family,” says Trey.
He also gained some valuable kitchen experience cooking at South of Pearl, the upscale Darlington eatery owned by Todd Hardee, and parlayed that into his own independent venture in the food business.
Fahrenheit 225 has a number of choices for the discerning carnivore, including sauced pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken. Each meat is accompanied by your choice of two side dishes. And if you’re in the mood for an awesome sandwich, they’ve got you covered with options like chicken, chicken salad, barbecue, and brisket. Trey recommends the brisket grilled cheese – which, frankly, sounds awesome.
“That one has the brisket we cook for fourteen hours, gouda cheese, smoked bacon that we cook on the grill, caramelized onions, and we serve it on Texas toast. That’s a big hit right now,” says Calcutt.
For the first week of business, sales have been brisk and Trey says the ribs, brisket dinners, smoked half-chickens, and pulled pork have all been selling really well. Dine-in customers can enjoy their meals with a cold craft beer (bottle or tap), or a nice glass of wine. No mixed drinks on the menu just yet, but Calcutt says that may change in time if he gets enough requests. He also plans to offer sauce variations (maybe vinegar, maybe mustard) in the future to give diners their choice of flavors.
Fahrenheit 225 is open Tuesday through Friday, with lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. To keep up with special promotions or menu offerings, check them out on Facebook. The restaurant is located at 26 Public Square in Darlington; phone 843-944-0321.