Here’s the latest on the Ruth’s Chris watch.
Steakhouse franchise owners Mark and Nancy Oswald, who have been looking for the perfect location in downtown Charleston for nearly three years come May, thought they had finally landed a spot in February. They were negotiating for the former ’Cesca Ristorante and Trattoria at 5 Faber St., a tucked-away establishment off East Bay Street that closed last month.
Ideally, they want 10,000 square feet with access to parking. ’Cesca wasn’t quite that big, but the Oswalds thought they could make it work. A public parking garage on Cumberland Street sits next door. The couple’s goal was to turn the upstairs into a private room.
“Unfortunately, our inability to work through some second exit issues required by that renovation meant we would be unable to maximize the seating and create the customized private dining space and number of seats we need,” Nancy Oswald said.
So it’s back to square one. Several other sites in downtown Charleston keep popping up as potential sites, but for now they’re all rumors.
“We are now revisiting other properties and hope to have an announcement soon,” she said.
(This originally ran in Monday’s Business section under grapevine, but in case someone missed it, I am repeating it here since a few people have called for the latest details.)
Anne’s on King St. won the award for best window with its James Bond theme during the BB&T Charleston Food & Wine Festival competition.
Nobody did it better than Anne’s clothing store at 312 King St. in downtown Charleston during the BB&T Charleston Wine & Food Festival window competition.
Charlie magazine found the store’s James Bond-themed window display the best this year.
Read’s Uniforms, an Asheville, N.C.-based regional uniform retailer with six store locations in the Carolinas and Tennessee, has acquired the retail operations of Charleston-based Odle Uniforms at 946 Orleans Road, Suite D-1.
Odle Group LLC sold its retail division to focus on its core business of product-based marketing, including screen printing, embroidery and promotional products. Also, it will continue to provide corporate store branding and other programs under Image Branding Group LLC. Image Branding Group will continue to operate its corporate and manufacturing facility located at 5809 North Rhett Ave. in Hanahan.
“Our goal when we purchased this store was to improve the customer experience by providing a cleaner layout and more product options for customers,” said Read’s Uniforms co-owner Eric Hutzler. “We have invested thousands in new inventory, including recently launched lines from Smitten and Orange Standard Scrubs.”
The bi-annual Mom-to-Mom charity sale in Mount Pleasant is set for March 2 at the National Guard Armory at 245 Mathis Ferry Road in Mount Pleasant.
The MOMS or Moms Offering Moms Support club of Mount Pleasant will donate all proceeds to Rein and Shine, a group dedicated to providing an alternative method of healing to children and adults with physical, emotional, social and/or cognitive disabilities.
Doors open 7 a.m. and close at 11 a.m. before reopening at noon for the 50 percent off sale. Bring a basket or bin to carry items. Look for toys, books, clothing, baby equipment, bedding, furniture and other items from more than 100 consignors and vendors.
Admission fee is $1 and credit cards are accepted. For more, go to www.m2msale.webs.com
Coastal Vascular & Vein Center recently added 6,000 square feet to its practice at 1327 Ashley River Road in West Ashley.
The offices’ three surgeons, Drs. Edward C. Morrison, Adam J. Keefer and Thomas C. Appleby, offer a wide range of diagnostic and interventional endovascular procedures.
The expansion adds two modern endovascular suites as well as two new vein treatment rooms. The center added high-resolution diagnostic X-ray imaging equipment, which allows surgeons the flexibility to perform numerous kinds of procedures, including access for dialysis, leg-stenting for peripheral arterial disease and long-term IV access.
Prior to the expansion, serious cases involving arterial treatments required hospital care. They can now be performed in the office.
With more than 30 staff members, the practice offers additional facilities in Walterboro and North Charleston.