Monday, January 16, 2017

Sermet's to be replaced with Gentry Bar by Southern Charm's JD Madison


Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 4:10 PM

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There goes that JD Madison again. The owner of Sermet's and bit player on Bravo's Southern Charm announced on Twitter today that his King Street restaurant will be changing to Gentry Bar in March.

We noticed the space was shuttered this weekend when we spotted brown paper covering all of the windows. Details regarding the redux are limited, but according to a tweet, there may or may not be a horsey look to the updated space.
The renovation has also shuttered jazz bar The Mezz upstairs. A voicemail for the lounge says that The Mezz is closed but will reopen in March as "The Gentry House, Charleston's home for cocktails and comfort food." A tweet from the Sermet's handle, however, says "the first floor is being called Gentry Bar second floor Gentry Room. Cocktails and Comfort Food is the concept."

Madison could not be reached for comment, but we presume the name comes from his Gentry Bourbon brand, which takes its title from Madison's grandfather, John Gentry Madison. Still not ringing a bell? Perhaps you'll recall more from Season 3 Ep. 4 of Southern Charm when Craig Conover's bourbon-running dreams are dashed by Madison. Read on for a refresher.

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Tickets to women's F&B business conference FAB now on sale

Fabulous news

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 9:45 AM

FAB will bring some of the biggest names in F&B to Charleston for a June business conference - PROVIDED
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  • FAB will bring some of the biggest names in F&B to Charleston for a June business conference
"I want to empower women and give women the upper hand and more resources and more information before they make any rash decision." That's how Randi Weinstein described her new women's F&B business conference FAB when we spoke to her in November. The June 11-13 conference will be an opportunity for women working in food and beverage to talk all things business — from opening a restaurant to managing payroll — in a setting catered specifically to them. And tickets for FAB go on sale today at noon.

"It’s been exciting and we've had a lot of really good traction," says Weinstein regarding the lead-up to the ticket launch.

There are two ticket options: FAB 101 ($500) and FAB 202 ($700). As Weinstein describes on the website, 101 is for women who either have restaurant ownership aspirations or merely want to up their game to be the MVP of their of where they work. FAB 202 is designed to help women already in an ownership position who is looking for resources to grow their restaurant business.

Speakers for FAB include Chef Barbara Lynch, owner of Barbara Lynch Gruppo, Carolyn Richmond, co-chair of Fox Rothschild's Hospitality Practice Kat Kinsman of, Dana Cowin, the former 20-year editor of Wine & Food magazine, and Amanda Kludt, Editor and Chief of

In addition to the conference, tickets are also available today for intimate dinners with FAB's speakers where attendees can meet casually with some of the industry's most influential women.

"Some dinners might have two speakers at a table. We’re capping the largest dinner with three people from the Mario Batali organization," says Weinstein. And she's keeping the dinner prices in a broad range from $35 to $150 so attendees will have choices.

Tickets go on sale today at noon. Click here for more information.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier's new Pier 101 restaurant will be a nod to the old Pavilion

Cue the Beach Music

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 10:14 AM

The original Folly Beach pier restaurant opened in 1931. - PROVIDED
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  • The original Folly Beach pier restaurant opened in 1931.
As we previously reported, the Edwin S. Taylor Fishing Pier restaurant is getting a new owner and a new look this year. In October, Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission announced that Avocet Hospitality, owners of The Tides Hotel, had the winning bid to take over the property which had been occupied by Locklear's for the past 11 years.

Now Avocet has revealed new details on their plans and for those with a love of nostalgia, the design plan should come as welcome news. The new restaurant Avocet is calling Pier 101 will be a nod to the past.

"We are taking the next two months to completely gut the current space and doing our best to recreate and incorporate elements of the old Pier/Pavilion that was built in 1931," says Wesley Bloomfield, Avocet's director of marketing. "The original pier was open air and served food as well as hosted dances. Avocet has incorporated a garage door window opening in order to bring the ocean into the restaurant when the weather permits."

Graphic designer Gil Shuler has been tasked with using the old pavilion's original font for the logo and will incorporate signage similar to what was on the pier when it opened in 1931. Live music will play on the outside deck where an outside bar overlooking the ocean is also being built.

The idea, Bloomfield says, is to create a casual, family-friendly place with "a classically inspired menu featuring specialties such as fried or grilled local shrimp and seafood, salads, burger, and fries."

Pier 101 is expected to open in March.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

PHOTOS: McCrady's Restaurant review

Posted by Jonathan Boncek on Wed, Jan 11, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

SOL Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar expands downtown

Straight Outta Mt. P

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Sol Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar's carnitas Napoleon layers roasted pork between crispy fried tortillas - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Sol Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar's carnitas Napoleon layers roasted pork between crispy fried tortillas

SOL Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar, the restaurant Robert Moss described in 2014 as selling baffling taco platters, will expand into downtown this spring. The Mt. Pleasant chain is in the midst of an expansion, having opened a location in Summerville in 2015. SOL's downtown spot will open in the Bell South Building at 385 Meeting St.

"We are so excited for the opportunity to reach the downtown community," says owner, David Clark in a press release. "We have some work ahead of us but we look forward to welcoming guests into our new home with great food, great cocktails and genuine hospitality."

The Downtown location will continue the same menu as its other two locations and will offer dining indoor and out facing the Charleston Visitor's Center. In addition, the same 60 tequila selection can be expected and SOL promises that "all margaritas and cocktails are handcrafted using fresh squeezed juices.

SOL continues the Mazyck-Wraggborough restaurant growth that began with the arrival of the Wise-Buck group's trifecta, Wise-Buck, Feathertop, and Scarecrow. The Brick, going into 24 B Ann St. is also, to the best of our knowledge, still under construction. As hotels continue to pop up along Upper Meeting Street, restaurants are opening in the once sleepy neighborhood.
SOL will open at 385 Meeting St. this spring - GOOGLE MAPS
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  • SOL will open at 385 Meeting St. this spring

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