Spotlight on Small Business: “Charly’s Restaurant” – April 2010

April 17, 2010 by  
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Charly’s Restaurant – Tybee’s Family Place!

Tired of fast food? Looking for a friendly, cozy place on Tybee to take the family out to a sit-down dinner for a reasonable price? Like atmosphere – colorful artwork, nice music to enjoy while you dine – look no further. Charly’s is the perfect place!

When owner Chuck Vonashek opened the doors on S. Campbell in June of 2007, he was out to create the kind of restaurant that locals would love – many still remember Skippers, an establishment Vonashek owned and operated on Tybee for 13 years – Vonashek says people still come in who remember that menu. Charly’s menu is similar, just a bit more upscale, and Chuck likes to describe Charly’s as a place you can “eat well, and not go broke!”

“Nothing is over $20 here,” he explains. “We’re definitely serving up a family dining experience. Table clothes and easy listening music – jazz. We’re dine-in or take-out, and we offer indoor or outdoor seating. We’re also open for lunch now starting at 11:00am, and we don’t close until the last person leaves at night! Sunday Brunch is from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

Charly’s full menu offers everything from appetizers starting at $2.95 to entrees at $19.95 – they serve soup, salads, pasta, seafood, steaks, sandwiches, and more…  They also have lunch and dinner specials – in fact, their “all you can eat” CRAB LEGS on Friday nights is one of their hottest.  Also, if you’ve never tried one of Chuck’s savory, homemade crab cakes – you get two of them for $6.95 –  they are to die for!  All of the sauces and flavorings are Chuck’s own special recipes.

The wine list is extensive and it’s served by the glass or the bottle – from Oregon, Napa Valley – Santa Barbra, and Australia, all priced  right, from $18.00 and up per bottle.

One of the first things customers notice about the restaurant are the beautiful glass windows created especially for Chuck by local artist Charissa Murray. “Customers love to take pictures of our windows,” says Chuck. The restaurant also sells artwork done by Murray and other local artists.

The overall atmosphere in the place is very conducive to all sorts of parties and family gatherings. They host private parties, and wedding receptions – Vonashek says some couples have even been married in the restaurant.

Vonashek says he remembers when families used to enjoy going out to eat together. They would sit down to a table with a table cloth and napkins, and enjoy a meal and each other’s company.   “Basically, we have adapted to the economy by moving from fine dining to family dining,” he adds. “Families can come out to eat at very reasonable prices – from $3.95 to $19.95 for full entrees – you can’t beat that!”

Visit Charly’s soon at 106 S. Campbell Avenue on Tybee, and don’t forget to try the crab cakes – they’re Chuck’s specialty.

Also visit the website at

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