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Monday, February 13, 2012

Cajun Kountry Cafe moves closer to downtown

Crawfish, gator, and frog legs

Posted by Joshua Curry on Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 1:08 PM

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Downtown Cajun food fans will be happy to know that gator burgers are now just a short drive away. Cajun Kountry Cafe re-opened a few weeks ago in a new spot at 2931 Spruill Ave. Hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and the new phone number is (843) 225-5591.

Citing a slowdown in restaurant traffic in the Fall, Chef Frisco decided to close the Remount Rd. location and consolidate his business to be more event oriented. The old restaurant shuttered in mid-December. The new spot is much smaller, but the kitchen is actually larger. He plans to expand his catering business and co-ordinate more with Sybil Stewart's event planning business, Events by Sybil.

For now, he's still offering a take-out lunch menu which offers a smattering of former favorites. There are only four two-tops, so larger crowds might want to call in for take-out. When the weather warms up, he plans on utilizing the space behind the restaurants with picnic tables. Oyster roasts and a fish fry are in the works.

New to the menu is a grits laden breakfast selection. That's available 7 a.m.-11 a.m.

You can see the new menu here. Catering offerings are much more extensive and it's best to call and see what he has going on.

Chef Frisco and Sybil Stewart

The aquarium was also moved and his pet crawfish endure
  • Joshua Curry
  • The aquarium was also moved and his pet crawfish endure

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

First Look: Black Tap Coffee gives Beaufain a caffeine kick

Posted by Erica Jackson Curran on Thu, Feb 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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Being the coffee-loving fiends that we are, we descended on downtown's newest coffee shop for their first day in business. Black Tap Coffee has set up shop at 70 1/2 Beaufain Street, right near the Memminger Auditorium. It's the first such venture for owners Jayme Scott and Ross Jett, who left careers in other fields in Sacramento and D.C. to open Black Tap.

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The bright, photogenic space is filled with stylish details like bleached wood floors and black-and-white photography on the wall. Local woodworker Stephen Wain designed much of the furniture — the main table was made from wood rescued from a house fire on Rutledge. They offer a variety of blends like Baroida (Papua New Guinea), Idido Natural Sundried (Ethiopia), and La Frontera (Peru) with helpful descriptions of each. They also have teas, cold-pressed coffee, house-made flavored syrups, and treats from Wildflour.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Downtown bowling alley aiming for spring opening

Bowl the Alley

Posted by Erica Jackson Curran on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM

The Alleys Raleigh location
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It's been nine months since The Post and Courier reported on a new bowling alley setting up shop in a Columbus Street warehouse. The article cited a tentative early fall opening, but co-owner Jim Poole says they still have a ways to go. That said, they've made some major strides in the last few months, and they're now shooting for a spring 2012 opening.

Poole, along with business partners Chris Poole (his brother) and David Crowley, runs a similar business in Raleigh, N.C. called The Alley. The establishment's good food, retro vibe, and affordable prices have made it a popular spot for Triangle residents, and Poole hopes to bring the same success to Charleston.

They've hired local design firm Stumphouse to help renovate the 14,000-square-foot warehouse located behind Piggly Wiggly. Poole says they plan to maintain the building's rustic feel. They're also partnering with a local restaurant group to run the bar and restaurant, but so far they're keeping mum about who's involved. Poole hopes to draw a diverse crowd with affordable prices and space for private events, from a 5-year-old's birthday party to a late-night dance party.

Follow along with their progress on Twitter @TheAlleyChas, and check out bowlthealley.com for info on the Raleigh location.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Moe's Crosstown aiming for Wednesday opening

Same Look, Different Smell

Posted by Erica Jackson Curran on Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 12:50 PM

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It’s been a year since Moe’s Crosstown closed its doors for “temporary renovations,” but it appears as if the tavern’s many faithful fans will finally be getting their bar back. We met with owner Mike Tronoski Monday morning at the Rutledge Avenue space while the employees, many of them familiar faces from the old days, scurried around. Tronoski says they just need final approval from the fire marshal and DHEC, and they’re shooting for a Wednesday opening.

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Renovated Moe’s looks strikingly similar to its former self, with the same worn-in furniture and kitschy decor, but serious work has gone into everything from the wood floors to the ceilings. A new booth has been added to the left side of the entrance for additional seating, and the bar has been updated as well. The ladies room remains a mystery with a fake second door, but the bathroom itself has been updated with a fresh coat of paint. Pool sharks will still find a table in the back room.

Tronoski says the menu, specials, and prices will remain the same for now, including the ever-popular half-price burger night on Tuesdays and Sunday brunch. Stay up to date on the progress at the We Want Moe's Crosstown Back Facebook page.

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Friday, May 8, 2009

Sea Island Farmers Market celebrates grand opening

Posted by Stephanie Barna on Fri, May 8, 2009 at 2:19 PM

Get your groceries where they're grown.

The Sea Island Regional Farmers Market arrives on the scene just in time for the bounty of summer. Today marks its official opening, and a handful of state officials, including organizers Charlie Lybrand and Curtis Inabinett, are out at the Savannah Hwy. site celebrating the moment.

The Sea Island Market at 4246 Savannah Hwy. (near Hollywood/Ravenel/Meggett) will feature local fruits and vegetables, fresh local beef and pork, fish and seafood, and other locally-grown or produced products. In addition, proceeds from hand sewn aprons will go to the women’s shelter downtown.

The market operates Fridays, 2-7 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information, contact Curtis Inabinett, 843-509-1051 and Charlie Lybrand, 843-991-4689.

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