It’s midday, you’re texting friends, making plans for the evening. Then, someone asks the most vexing question of all time: “Where should we go to eat?” Sound familiar? Okay, let’s increase the degree of difficulty by adding some caveats: you want a “waistline friendly” dining option that won’t blow your budget; a place that’s high on ambiance yet low on attitude; and, finally, a menu that’s packed with options to appease even the finicky eater in your group. Impossible? Not if you’re lucky enough to live in Hartsville, SC.
Thanks to co-owners Catrina and John Houston Penny III, health conscious foodies in that neck of the woods are consumed with LighterSide, a new restaurant that’s the real deal when it comes to palette pleasing, nutritious dining. From the moment you cross its threshold, alluring aromas from the kitchen beckon. A server passes, carrying tantalizing entrees to nearby diners; you do a double take, the food looks delicious. You think to yourself: “This can’t possibly be healthy dining. I must have the wrong address.” Don’t worry, you’re at the right place. You’re at LighterSide, a restaurant that serves vintage dishes with a nutritious twist. Whatever you order, the clever chefs at LighterSide have reinvented recipes to reduce excess calories, fat, sugar and carbs.
LighterSide made its debut in October 2016 with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by a crowd of discerning diners. To fully appreciate the hard work and tenacity it takes to open a new restaura