The concept hasn’t changed, but the name has. Bob Carter was originally calling his spot in the Wagener Terrace neighborhood Rutledge Grill, a nice if not boring moniker, but he and his partner recently changed it to Rutledge Cab Co. because they found, of all things, a cool picture of a vintage cab on a recent trip.
Carter says he was originally going to paint a big mural of a 1947 Chevy tow truck with Rutledge Towing printed on the door, but then his managing partner Brad Creger found a large picture of a 1920s Edsel cab.
“I was totally against it at first,” he says, but then it made sense to give the restaurant a new name, one that was more distinctive and tied in the building’s life as a former gas station. “The more I thought about it, the more I liked it. Charleston restaurants are so homogenous, they all sound the same. This is edgy and fun.”
He gave us an update on the progress of the building, saying everything is very close to being ready, except for a solid opening date. Right now, they are keeping it at mid-December.
Carter promises the restaurant will be a perfect fit for the neighborhood with charcoal-grilled steaks, seafood, pizza, and wings. They’ll be open for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, when they finally open. Stay tuned for more. We’re planning to head over for a tour next week.