Just like Ol’ Dirty Bastard (aka Dirt McGirt, Big Baby Jesus, Knifey McStab, etc), Charleston likes it raw. By the beginning of July there’ll be (by our count) eight peninsular raw bars with the opening of East Bay’s new 167 Raw.
While cruising into the Harry Teet parking lot recently, we noticed some activity across the street in the tiny space briefly occupied by Citrus To Go. Turns out 167 Raw (289 East Bay St.), a to-go seafood store and cafe, is nearly finished and co-owner Jesse Sandole says it should open no later than Sat. July 5.
Sandole refreshed our memory on the concept. “It’s a gourmet seafood market. We’re bringing in a lot of stuff down from New England,” he says. Sandole is originally from Nantucket Island, the site of 167 Raw’s sister location East Coast Provisions & Seafood Co., which was started by his father in the ’70s. “The market side will be primarily sushi grade seafood. The cafe side will be fish tacos, carnitas, raw oysters, and lobster rolls.”
Sandole and his business partner and Charleston native Kyle Norton (2010 and 2011 CofC alums, respectively) plan to have a four-seat taco and raw bar which will serve local oysters such as Caper's Blades when in season.
“Basically it will be tasty bites to go along with anything you’re cooking up to bring home,” adds Sandole.