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A collection of the top Upstate headlines for the week of December 26, 2016

2017’s most highly anticipated restaurants
Good news: If you live to eat, Greenville’s 2017 restaurant scene is only going to make you love it more. This year, there are 30-plus new restaurants in the works, with many opening in the first quarter. Read on for a rundown of the many new places foodies can look forward to in the coming months.


Christmas decorations at Drayton Mill get a second life
For about 40 years, the Christmas decorations at the historic Drayton Mill in Spartanburg County were an annual tradition. But when the mill went dark in 1994 after 92 years of continuous operation, so too did the holiday lights.

Breakdown of bike safety laws on SC roads following Upstate accidents
Four cyclists are recovering after being hit by a driver on Christmas Eve in Spartanburg County. A man in Greenwood County is still hoping law-enforcement officers locate a hit-and-run driver after his bike was destroyed in an accident. In Greenville, Robin Bylenga, owner of Pedal Chic downtown, is hoping for more awareness on the road.

Swamp Rabbit Cafe to launch butchery in 2017
The owners of Swamp Rabbit Cafe and Grocery have announced plans to open a butchery operation in the New Year. The new venture is the result of a USDA Local Food Promotion grant. This is the same grant the local food operation received last year, which helped it significantly expand its grocery store earlier this year.


Virginia firm acquires Liberty Square towers in downtown Greenville
Richmond-based Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners LLC made the purchase official last week. The Liberty Square Towers, located at 55 and 77 Beattie Place, total 445,612 square feet and are 81 percent occupied. Commonwealth Commercial Partners, the company’s property management affiliate, will handle all aspects of the day-to-day asset and property management. CBRE will continue to handle the leasing and marketing.