Want to know what or who "Soby" is? Who seared the tuna? Cremed the brulee? Chose that chocolatey '92 Pinot? And what about that waiter you had last night???! Well, find out here. We've shared some background on our key people, and will, from time to time, feature other wacky and delightful members of our staff.
Carl Sobocinski, Partner
|Carl Sobocinski is the owner of Table 301, a restaurant group that includes Soby’s New South Cuisine, Soby’s on the Side, The Lazy Goat, Table 301 Catering, NOSE DIVE gastropub, Passerelle Bistro and Papi's Tacos.
He moved to South Carolina from Durham, New Hampshire, to pursue an architectural degree at Clemson University. Upon graduation, with a BA in Design, Sobocinski realized that the restaurant business, not architecture, would best allow his creative, entrepreneurial spirit and his kindred people skills to work together. He has a passion for hospitality and community service. From the hospitality standpoint, his goal each day is to provide guests of all Table 301 properties with the most exceptional experience possible − meet all guests' needs and exceed their expectations.
In addition to running the business, Sobocinski is very active in the community. Currently, he serves on the Executive Committee of the Greenville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and is a member of Liberty Fellowship Class of 2014, a two-year South Carolina leadership program. He is the force behind a current Greenville “Branding Initiative”, a successful effort to use a portion of Hospitality Tax Revenues to create a Greenville Brand and Marketing Plan to market and promote Greenville as a tourist destination. He is also the Immediate Past Chairman of the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association.
Sobocinski was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association in 2006. He is in his second three-year term, currently representing South Carolina and serving as Vice Chairman of the Restaurant PAC Committee.
Sobocinski is also the chairman of the board of Euphoria, a food, wine and music weekend held every September in Greenville, SC. The event is the brainchild of he and platinum selling singer-songwriter Edwin McCain, and the purpose of the festival is to shine a light on the culinary and musical arts scene in Greenville and to give back to the community by donating each year to local charities. Since 2006, the event has raised more than $175,000.
He has been fortunate to be recognized for many of his professional and service oriented activities. In 2000, the South Carolina Restaurant Association named Sobocinski Restaurateur of the Year. He has also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Greenville Jaycees in 2001. In January 2003, Sobocinski was one of five finalists for the Greenville Magazine Nelson Mullins Business Person of the Year. He was selected as the 2004-2005 Leadership Greenville Distinguished Alumni from the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and is proud to be a member of the Chamber’s Leadership Greenville Class 26.