Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Smith Street Pizza (formerly Norm's) shutters after three months in business

"They didn't last long did they?"

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 4:17 PM


We got one bite of Dave Uecke (formerly of Chick's Fry House) and business partners Nick and Ben D'Allesandro's (owners of D'Allesandro's Pizza) granny-style pie at Smith Street Pizza, and it looks like that'll be all we ever eat from the restaurant. Following Eater's report that the business was for sale, we can confirm that Smith Street Pizza has shuttered.

Three months after opening in the space operated as Norm's for the past 37 years, Uecke came in guns blazing, ready to update and revamp the menu of the Charleston landmark while keeping its neighborhood appeal.

The base formula, Uecke told us, was pizzas, hoagies, wings, salads all around the $10 mark and housed within, what Uecke called, a 2000-era vintage Norm's feel. "We put the classic pizzeria booths back in, gave it a coat of paint. We put the pool table back in and in that back area there used to be a cutout window we built that out for a bar. It will sit 10 at the bar," he said.

Apparently Charlestonians weren't feeling it.

"They didn't last long did they?" says Norman Hanf, Smith Street Pizza's landlord and the Norman behind Norm's.

Hanf blames the team's menu adjustments for the closure. "They changed the menu 100 percent," he says. Now Hanf says they're on the hook to sublet the space.

A listing on Restaurants for Sale (Charleston) is advertising the business for $149,900 which includes "all furniture, fixtures, and equipment." Rent is $6,500 a month.

Neither of the D'Allesandros nor Uecke have returned calls for comment.

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Johns Island Farmers Market is closed this Saturday — here's where you can shop instead

Farm to farmers market

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 12:40 PM

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Sorry Johns Island Farmers Market fans, the market is closed this weekend due to Charleston Collegiate School's graduation (congrats, grads).

Fear not, you can still get your farmers market on in Marion Square on Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and at the Summerville Farmers Market from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Check out our full farmers market roundup and gear up for the Johns Island market return, next Sat. June 3, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Event Details Summerville Farmers Market
@ Summerville Farmers Market
200 South Main Street
Summerville, SC
When: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Continues through Dec. 30
Farmers Markets
Event Details Charleston Farmers Market
@ Marion Square
Calhoun and King
Charleston, SC
When: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Continues through Nov. 25
Farmers Markets

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'Hell Chicken' is coming to Leon's on Sat. June 10

"It's grunge as fuck"

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 10:28 AM

Hell Chicken caught the attention of The New York Times last summer - SCREENSHOT
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  • Hell Chicken caught the attention of The New York Times last summer

Chef Lee Desrosiers told The New York Times that he named his Achilles Heel restaurant's cult classic dish "Hell Chicken' as a joke. But upon reviewing his cooking instructions, it could be assumed it was named that due to the hell a chicken is put through.

To begin, a chicken is spatchcocked — split then flattened — then hung from strings above a grill. Chef Desrosiers then browns the chicken "on a grate over a low bed of embers that radiate a consistent and intense heat, braises it in chicken jus in a Dutch oven until juicy and cooked through, and then crisps it up over the embers again."

The result, apparently, is the chickeny-est chicken ever and on Sat. June 10 Charlestonians won't have to fly to New York to get a taste. Leon's owner Brooks Reitz says that Hell Chicken is coming to his King Street restaurant.

"I had it last night. It's phenomenal," Reitz told us a few weeks ago while he was up in Brooklyn.

For $60 ($70.80 with gratuity) guests can stop by Leon's between 6:30-9:30 p.m. to get some Hell Chicken along with sides, plus beer and wine. In addition, Achilles Heel restaurateur Andrew Tarlow's book, Dinner at the Long Table, will also be available to purchase.

The Hell Chicken event is all part of a larger project Reitz and his team have been working on to share the restaurant's Oyster Shed space with visiting chefs.

"We are on the cusp of announcing a lot of these dates," says Reitz. "We decided we really want to do more of that, bring people to Charleston that Charlestonians have read about for an opportunity to experience these people." So far, Joshua McFadden of Portland's Ava Gene's and Vicky Freeman who owns Rosie's and Hundred Acres in New York is also on the docket.

He adds that Achilles Heel was an easy choice after trying the decadent bird. "I assumed it was some kind of Argentinian preparation, but Lee [Desrosiers] said 'I just came up with it when I was messing with chicken and how to get it super juicy and crispy.'" On the menu, Achilles Heel describes its Hell Chicken as "grunge as fuck."

Tickets go on sale tomorrow. To purchase tickets, email

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Need a drink? Here's every beer event happening May 23-28

Hoppy hours, beer runs, and puppies and pints

Posted by Chris Mottram on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 9:45 AM

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It may just be Tuesday but we're already thinking about happy hour. You too? Well then, read on for our list of all the must-attend beer events this week.

Two West Ashley breweries are teaming up for a beer-fueled run at 7 p.m. Runners start at Frothy Beard, drink a beer, and then run the 1.8 miles to Twisted Cypress, where they drink another beer and run back. All beers are $1 off at both breweries.

The Mt. Pleasant craft beer staple Coleman Public House is celebrating its seventh anniversary with a party starting at 7 p.m. There will be live music, half-priced appetizers, and $1 off all draft beers.

La Morra, Charleston’s favorite pop-up pizza kitchen, is leaving the Lowcountry for Los Angeles, but before heading west they have one last week of Neapolitan goodness lined up, culminating in a farewell party at Lewis Barbecue on Saturday. On Wednesday, Edmund’s Oast is hosting La Morra in their bower beginning at 5:30 p.m. For non-beer drinkers, there will be half-price bottles of sparkling wine and champagne. And for the beer drinkers, well, it’s hard to find a more impressive and diverse tap list than Edmund’s.

Both beer and creative juices will be flowing at Revelry Brewing for a Creative Hoppy Hour from 6-8 p.m. on their rooftop on Wednesday. The event is a chance to mingle and network with other Charleston-area creative types while enjoying live music, good beer, and a beautiful sunset view all while helping to support CreativeMornings Charleston. Plus, $1 from every draft goes to CMCHS.

Get a jump start on your Memorial Day hot dog gluttony at Charles Towne Fermentory, where they’ll be serving up everyone’s favorite encased meat along with hosting trivia from 6-11 p.m.

Revelry Brewing is officially releasing its third canned beer at Home Team BBQ’s downtown location. Sixteen-ouncers of Poke the Bear, their signature 5.5 percent ABV American pale ale, will be available along with some free gear giveaways from 4-7 p.m. Earlier this year, Revelry released cans of Lefty Loosey, their West Coast-style India pale ale.

Total Wine in West Ashley is hosting its Suds of Summer event featuring reps from several Charleston area breweries sharing beers and information about the local craft beer scene. The tasting is $10.

Another day, another can release from Revelry. This time it’s Hotel Rendezvous, their 5 percent ABV Bavarian style wheat beer, that they’re unleashing at Élevé’s rooftop bar in the Grand Bohemian Hotel. The event is from 7-10 p.m., and the brewers and free swag will be on hand.

Frothy Beard is kicking off Memorial Day weekend with an all day party starting at noon. There will be activities for all ages, including a dunk tank and a bounce house for the kids. Live music starts at 5:30 p.m. with three bands playing until 11:30 p.m. There will be food on-site (featuring a special pizza collaboration between Zombie Bob's Pizza and Big Boned BBQ) and, of course, plenty of good beer.

Because one all-day party option isn’t enough, Cooper River Brewing is hosting its first Bridge to Nowhere Music Festival from noon-10 p.m. The first of four bands starts in the early afternoon, Boxcar Betty’s will be serving up their amazing fried chicken sandwiches, and pints are $4 until 4 p.m.

Seattle-based country band Deception Past is stopping by Palmetto Brewing as part of its nation-wide tour for a free show from 6-8 p.m.

Bay Street Biergarten’s Puppies and Pints brunch invites everyone to bring their dog out for good food, beer, and treats for the pups. A portion of the proceeds will go to Lowcountry Animal Rescue, which will have some dogs with them who are looking for new homes.

House of Brews in Mt. Pleasant is having a pig pickin’ that promises to be the perfect Memorial Day eve event. Starting at 11 a.m., there will be barbeque, fixings, and lots of HoB’s usual great beer selections. Proceeds will go to benefit the Tri-County Veterans Support Network.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Rodney Scott's BBQ OK following midnight pit fire

"The hog on the pit caught fire"

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Sun, May 21, 2017 at 8:46 AM

Around 11:30 p.m. last night the Charleston Fire Department responded to a pit fire at Rodney Scott's BBQ on King Street. CFD has not returned calls for comment this morning, however, Melany Robinson, Scott's publicist says, the situation was more of a flare up than fire.

"The hog on the pit caught fire, CFD came over and extinguished it," Robinson says.

Fortunately no damage was done to the building — only the hog that was cooking was lost — and the restaurant is operating as usual today.

The threat of pit fires, however, are all too familiar to Scott. The day before Thanksgiving in 2013, one of the 15 pigs cooking on Rodney Scott's pits in Hemingway, S.C. caught fire, igniting the grease of the hogs and burning down his cookhouse. No one was injured, but the loss nearly meant the end of Scott's family business. But with the help of The Fatback Collective, a group of 20 or so cooks, restaurateurs, and writers, Scott embarked on a fundraising tour and was able to reopen.

Thankfully this fire was just a scare. "Everything is fine," Scott says in a text this morning. "Thank you for checking."
Location Details Rodney Scott's BBQ
Rodney Scott's BBQ
1101 King St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 990-9535

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