#YeahTHATAgenda: Tim Waller Exits WYFF, Habitap Taproom Opens, Carl Sobocinski on CBS, Smart Toilets Detect Heart Disease
Mar 25, 2019 10:31AM
By Chris Haire
A new taproom, Habitap, opened Friday in Greenville
As for why he has chosen to leave the station after a 25-year run, Waller wrote, "[M]y decision to leave WYFF wasn’t an easy one.This has been my work-home since 1994. I’ve literally grown up with Michael, Carol, John, Geoff, Dale, Nigel and countless others. Until a few years ago, I believed I would stay here until retirement age—provided I could keep up the energy. But it turns out I can’t. Being a field reporter these days requires a level of energy I simply don’t have. Plus, after doing this for the better part of a lifetime, I feel I’ve done it all and seen it all. It’s time to try something else."
In the post, the award-winning reporter noted that he is starting his own "public relations/media marketing/video firm."
New Greenville taproom Habitap opened Friday at 1325 Miller Road, near Saffron Indian Cuisine and Frankie's Fun Park: The restaurant features local, regional, and national craft brews on tap and a spirited gastropub menu offering such curious dishes as Nashville Hot Cheddar Popcorn, an Elvis Velveeta Pretzel, a Falafel Naan Wich, a Pimiento Cheese Stuffed Biscuit, and, on opening day at least, Ramen Boiled Peanuts.
Habitap is the brainchild of Chad Gangwer, Richard Combs, and Josh Johnston.
“We took our time when we created Habitap. From the menu development and tastings to the padding on the community table barstools, we wanted everything to be perfect," says Gangwer, managing member.
Combs, VP of operations, expresses similar sentiments. “My partners and I opened this restaurant with the hopes of sharing our passion for great food and drinks in a warm and welcoming setting," he says. "Once you walk through the doors at the Habitap, you will feel that this is more than a restaurant, it’s your local spot. A spot that goes beyond just serving food and drinks, we want you to come in relax and be apart of our family. “
In addition to its daily lunch and dinner menu, Habitap is set to begin offering brunch Saturdays and Sundays, starting April 6. "I don't want to give away all the details, but I will say that the brunch is going to change people's weekend habits," says Josh Johnston, general manager.
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