We've been hearing rumors about the old Bird Hardware space on the corner of Brigade and Morrison Drive for a while now. The first was that the guy behind Chelsea Market was going to be putting in a similar style marketplace. We did some research, dug around, and couldn't get much information to go on.
Then, recently, we started hearing chatter about a beer garden situation going in there. The Charleston Beer Exchange guys were involved, and they were going to be brewing their own beers.
This rumor, fortunately, turns out to be very true.
I spoke with Scott Shor of the Beer Exchange just a little while ago and he confirms that they are indeed partnering with developer Stephen Zoukis to create an as-yet-unnamed beer bar/restaurant/brewpub.
He revealed a couple of tantalizing details: they will carry all the best local and craft beers that they love; the house brand of beer will focus on interesting brews (don't expect a straightforward pale ale), and they will have great food, courtesy of chef Andy Henderson, a FIG alum who's returning to town after a long stint in San Francisco. They hope to be open in the fall, but we hate to even put this down for fear of jinxing them.
Tomorrow, we'll be getting a tour of the space and a look at the blueprints. More on this new development as soon as we get it.
And you can expect us to be shamelessly rolling out the NoMo welcome wagon. We're ready for our neighborhood to fill in with new businesses and opportunities for us to eat and drink well.
Back in March, Bon Appétit announced that it would be hosting one of its famed Grub Crawls, which take participants to as many restaurants as possible within a set amount of time, in Charleston this year. Well, they just released the details, including a list of restaurants that Grub Crawlers will be visiting.
Tickets are $149 per session, and you can buy them here.
There are plenty of reasons to eat a cupcake, but here's one really good one: to support the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
Through May 4, Cupcake on King Street is donating 100 percent of the proceeds from sales of their Boston Cream Cupcake to the One Fund Boston, which was created the day of the bombing by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. The Fund has already raised $20 million, all of which will help those injured by the two blasts.
If you've never had a Boston Cream cupcake, there's no better time to give this classic vanilla-and-chocolate combo a try.
Soft-shell crabs come around only a couple times a year, and because I can get away with it, my friend and I are embarking on a soft shell crab tour in about 45 minutes.
We'll start off at Bacco for lunch at 1:45 and then head over to see Kimberly Carroll of Kimberly's Crabs. We spoke with her yesterday and were saddened to hear of her husband Bobby's passing in February. Kimberly has been left with a big job to do all by herself: supplying Charleston's demand for softies, which have been hard to come by. They've been slowly crawling onto menus around town and this weekend seems to be the high-water mark for their availability.
My partner in crime is Harry Root of Grassroots Wine Distributors. I'm hoping he's bringing along a cooler full of grower's champagne to help us get through the day.
Our itinerary for the day is packed (see below). We'll be stopping by each place for one order of crabs before heading off to the next. Follow along on Twitter — @cpeats and @harryroot #softies — or come join in. We'll be publishing a recap in next week's paper and dedicating our day to Bobby, a swell guy who's sorely missed by his loved ones and his community.
Kimberly's Crabs dock 2:15 p.m.
*Glass Onion 3 p.m.
*Two Boroughs 3:45
*Rue de Jean
*The Green Door 4:30
The Ordinary 5:15
High Cotton 8:30
Moe’s Downtown opened in 2007 as the second location of the popular Moe’s Crosstown Tavern, which is near Hampton Park. The Crosstown’s authentic neighborhood bar vibe — not to mention its half-price burger night — has earned it a huge following among those who live in the area, and it can be almost impossible to snag a seat during games or Sunday brunch. The Crosstown shut down for almost a year in 2010 to undergo renovations, and when they re-opened in 2011 you could practically hear the neighborhood’s collective sigh of relief.
Despite the same menu and specials, the downtown location just never took off with locals like the Rutledge Avenue original. Maybe it was all the tourists that inevitably piled in — Moe’s Downtown is, after all, just steps from the City Market.