Restaurant Notes extra: The Stand to be hopping with brewery invite and music; BurgerFi goes chicken

The Chicken Avocado BLT is available for a limited time. (Photo courtesy of BurgerFi)
The Star Spangled Blizzard Treat includes a DQ Stars & Stripes StarKiss Frozen Treat. (Photo courtesy of Dairy Queen)
The OREO Firework Blizzard Treat is the Blizzard of the month. (Photo courtesy of Dairy Queen)

Music, ice cream, beer. Sounds like a good time.

The Stand Coneys and Ice Cream, 5200 Bluffton Road, has invited Hop River Brewing Company to serve its local craft beers, along with live music from Swimming Into View 7-9 p.m. Friday, as in tonight. The family-friendly event is free admission.

The Stand will be serving its normal menu of coneys, hot dogs, and ice cream.

Red-white-and-blue DQ

Still feeling patriotic? Dairy Queen has introduced two new Americana-inspired Blizzard Treats.

The Berkshire Hathaway company is serving the Star Spangled Blizzard Treat at participating Dairy Queen and DQ Grill & Chill locations nationwide, while they last.

The new Star Spangled Blizzard Treat is red, white and blue with rock candy hand-blended with DQ vanilla soft serve, topped with more signature DQ vanilla soft serve with a curl, blue rock candy and finished with a DQ Stars & Stripes StarKiss Frozen Treat.

When those are gone, you can still get the new OREO Firework Blizzard Treat, the July Blizzard Treat of the Month. It’s described as an “explosion of red and blue popping candy mixed with OREO cookie pieces and hand-blended with world-famous DQ creamy vanilla soft serve.”

BurgerFi goes chicken

BurgerFi has debuted its first chicken sandwich — the Chicken Avocado BLT.

Made with all-natural, free-range grilled chicken breast stacked with fried avocado and topped with white cheddar, bacon, lettuce, tomato, honey mustard-barbecue sauce. A dollar from the sale of each sandwich will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to help end childhood cancer.

The sandwich is available for a limited time, but might join the menu permanently.

“We’ve been testing variations of the chicken sandwich for almost a year to ensure our guests have a craveable culinary experience.” said Paul Griffin, the executive chef at BurgerFi, a news release. “We always try to infuse our own innovative twist to the standard on anything we do. The fried avocado adds a unique crunch factor – you definitely don’t see that everywhere!”

The “Fi’ed chicken” sandwich at BurgerFi, which has a restaurant at 7777 Coldwater Road, might be a good choice today, which is National Fried Chicken Day.

The restaurant, which doesn’t use steroids, antibiotics, growth hormones, chemicals or additives, is more known for its certified Angus craft burgers. It also has a plant-based Beyond Burger, Vienna hot dogs, frozen custard and shakes.

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