Published June 13, 2013
A Charleston restaurant company that has operated under the name of its signature restaurant is changing to reflect its growth over nearly 30 years, the company’s founders said.
The TBonz Restaurant Group, which owns more than 20 restaurants in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, became the Homegrown Hospitality Group in May. Founders Jerry Scheer and Mark Cumins said the change reflects a shift in the company’s direction and how it plans to grow in the future.
With 10 different food and beverage concepts that also include a bed and breakfast, Scheer and Cumins said the company had grown beyond the TBonz name because the company was more diverse than a high-end steakhouse.
Today, Homegrown Hospitality Group includes steakhouses, breweries, oyster bars, dessert cafes, Brazilian churrascarias, Italian buffets and a contemporary speakeasy.
“These are not chain restaurants,” the company said in a statement. “They are each unique to the neighborhood they serve. The word ‘hospitality’ not only represents the industry, it represents the courteous nature that has been the driving force behind the success of the company.”
The TBonz Foundation, the company’s charitable arm, which provides money and other resources for several organizations, including Yoga Kidz, Charleston Volunteers for Literacy and Reach Sailing, among others, will not change.
“Retaining the TBonz name as part of the foundation serves as a reminder of where we started,” Scheer said. “It’s an honor and an inspiration to be able to give back to the communities who have supported us for all these years.”