A four-year old Johns Island restaurant is picking up where Austin’s Food & Drink left off, returning breakfast and lunch to the pint-sized nook at 116 Spring St.
“I don’t think she had the concept of what people wanted,” Sunrise Bistro co-owner Jessica Welenteichick says of the café which this fall failed after a few short months. Welenteichick and her partners acquired the 14-seat restaurant in a turnkey deal, with plans to open Sunrise Bistro Express by early 2014.
Sherry has lately enjoyed a very minor resurgence in big city bars – the New York Times a few months ago noted “a renewed interest” – but the craze hasn’t yet overtaken Charleston. On a recent visit to Barsa, a bartender told me the Spanish-themed restaurant didn’t have the single sherry on its by-the-glass list.
In a 2012 New York Times column, wine critic Eric Asimov conceded that sherry is “often consigned in the public imagination to the stuffy, dusty sitting room, or to the after-dinner drinks selection.” But that perception hasn’t slowed the growth of sherry bars in London, where drinkers have taken up the continental tradition of sipping sherry with Marcona almonds and Spanish ham.
Touting its pretzels and convivial atmosphere, Bay Street Biergarten opened today, giving drinkers four days to celebrate one of the year’s beeriest months in Bavarian style.
(Munich’s Oktoberfest wrapped up weeks ago, but football and Halloween help keep stateside beer consumption healthy — so to speak — during October.)
Although the bar at 549 E. Bay Street took menu and decor inspiration from traditional beer halls, Bay Street Biergarten has modernized the concept with on-table, self-service taps. Beers now on rotation include ales from Palmetto, Westbrook and Holy City. Continue reading “Bay Street Biergarten is Now Open” »
Michael Shemtov, owner of Butcher & Bee and the downtown and Avondale Mellow Mushrooms, recently sent over the above picture of the newest addition to his local pizza empire.
Although Shemtov didn’t provide a caption to accompany the photo of the Summervile Mellow Mushroom, it appears to have been shot during a staff training session. That makes sense, since the restaurant at 1306 N. Main St. is scheduled to open sometime next week.
According to Shemtov, the new restaurant seats 150 people, and features a “big patio”, 24 beers on taps and murals by local artist Douglas Panzone. For opening updates, visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.
Get your fill of leprechauns now, because you won’t find them at Egan & Sons / gruntzooki
The owner of the forthcoming Egan & Sons says the rustic cooking style which chef Kyle Yarborough perfected at the now-defunct La Fourchette is an especially good fit for the forthcoming downtown Irish pub.
“That French country cooking is close to Irish country cooking, with the root vegetables, casseroles and stews,” Chris Egan says.
Egan’s also looking forward to Yarborough using animal parts which don’t fly at his restaurants in New Jersey, where eaters insist on chops and filets.
Despite rumors which swirled after the announcement of The Green Door’s imminent closing, bar owner Ryan Condon says he’s not only keeping Big John’s Tavern open: He’s planning to return the 59-year old institution to its former status as a traditional watering hole, where the TVs tuned to football are a bigger draw than the fish head curry.
“I want to return Big John’s to what Big John’s was when I started going there,” says Condon, who started hanging out at Big John’s as a high schooler. “If Big John would ever have seen The Green Door, he would have rolled over in his grave.I don’t even know what the hell grilled kimchee is; I just want to restore Big John’s the way it was.”
Leyla will not open this weekend, as previously announced, but the downtown Lebanese restaurant is aiming to have its doors open by Wednesday.
“I was hoping,” says owner Dolly Awkar, a first-time restaurateur who switched from selling rugs to hawking hummus because her accent prompted so many customers to ask where they could find food from her native country. “I did my best.”
The Labor Day holiday delayed the issuance of a certificate of occupancy; Leyla is scheduled for city inspection on Tuesday.