Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Have you visited Extreme Akim's Kingdom Bar & Grill yet?

"A LA / Miami / Vegas atmosphere"

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 12:21 PM

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Just over a month ago local attorney Akim Anastopoulo — better known as Judge Extreme Akim from the National Lampoon's syndicated court show, Eye for an Eye — opened his first restaurant and nightclub on King Street. Kingdom Bar & Grill sits at 468 King St. in the space formerly occupied by Charleston Beer Works, and while I personally haven't had a chance to walk on the wild side there yet, here's what I know.

Kingdom is co-owned by Anastopoulo and DJ Cilo Lopez.

“Our goals for Kingdom were to bring something that Charleston didn't already have. To be honest, we wanted to do more but because of the building we are in, and the short three-year lease (subject to change) that was originally signed, we couldn’t do it all. We have bigger plans if we come across a longer lease,“ says Lopez in a press release.

The idea Kingdom's GM Matt Orck says is to ”provide quality service while in a LA / Miami / Vegas atmosphere and still add a hint of Charleston’s Southern charm."

To that end, Kingdom offers patrons dinner as well as their take on the VIP treatment — white leather booths, privacy curtains, and bottle service in a neon-lit space.

Kingdom is open Mon. 5 p.m.-12 a.m., Tues.-Fri. 5 p.m.-2 a.m., Sat. noon-2 a.m., and Sun. noon to 12 a.m.
Kingdom serves dinner starting at 5 p.m. every week night - PROVIDED
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  • Kingdom serves dinner starting at 5 p.m. every week night

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James Island's Stereo 8 closes its doors

The sounds of silence

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 11:17 AM

Over its two years in business, Stereo 8 tried a lot of different marketing approaches to get people into the Folly Road restaurant — live music, free mixed tapes, and, in one random epistle they mailed City Paper Music Writer Kelly Rae Smith, branded rolling papers.

Alas, it wasn't enough to keep the James Island restaurant afloat. On Facebook today, Stereo 8 has announced its immediate closure.

"In the end, it came down to our inability to manage and operate a full-scale restaurant within the confines of an extremely large facility with fundamental issues that simply could not be overcome," writes co-owner Joe Walker.

In her 2015 review, then restaurant critic Allston McCrady wrote about how Walker had hoped to emphasize his love of global cuisines while sharing his passion for music, but the restaurant's revolving door of chefs — 2Nixons' Jeffrey Stoneberger and former SNL writer Vanessa Middleton among them — seemed to hinder the concept.
"Walker knew he wanted a strong music component before he even knew what he wanted to serve. But if that makes you nervous about the food, don't be. The dishes are as eclectic and intriguing as the playlists. Super eclectic, in fact. It's as if someone traveled the world and said, "I want to take all the things I enjoyed eating in Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, Morocco, and Mexico and serve them up in one restaurant." Boom. That someone is restaurant consultant David LeBoutillier, known for helping launch successes like McCrady's, 39 Rue de Jean, Coast, and Poe's Tavern. Considering that Stereo 8 has been through four chefs in three months, LeBoutillier's culinary vision is the one constant. I doubt James Islanders are looking for celebuchefs anyway — just good food."
What's next for the large space is unknown.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Café Gibbes at The Gibbes Museum of Art now open

Sandwich artist

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 11:51 AM

The Gibbes got revamped last year - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
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A visit to the Gibbes Museum of Art just got a little more multi-sensory. On Tues. Dec. 6, the museum's Café Gibbes opened for business.

The casual spot is immediately to your left when you enter the recently renovated 111-year-old building. Chef Joseph Jacobson — most recently of Sweeney's on Johns Island — is running the restaurant owned and operated by Aris Newton of Folly Road Foods, LLC.

The menu is full of approachable salads and sandwiches which get bonus points for being made with EVO bread.

Café Gibbes is open Tues., Thurs., Fri., and Sat., 10 a.m.– 5 p.m., and Wed., 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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Big news, gals — Charleston is getting its first "Ladies Bar"

Girls Night!

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Dec 6, 2016 at 9:54 AM

Reclaimed pink marble from the old Charleston Library will be used in the bar's design - PROVIDED
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  • Reclaimed pink marble from the old Charleston Library will be used in the bar's design
Ladies, after years of forced sobriety thanks to there being no Charleston bars catering to us, the weaker sex, I have great news. The Post & Courier reports that the new Hotel Bennett — going into the space formerly occupied by the Charleston Library next to Marion Square — will be home to the city's first "Ladies Bar." I know, right? Finally a place that serves cocktails delicate enough for our lady livers.

According to Hanna Raskin's report (see the rendering here), "Hotel Bennett will feature Charleston’s first classic Ladies Bar, featuring an etched-mirrored ceiling and reclaimed pink marble from the former Charleston Library for its floor, bar, and table tops." Yes, you heard that right, pink! Our collective favorite color!

The space will be called Camellia’s because, duh, women love flowers, and will offer a large cocktail program. The menu hasn't been released yet, but we're hoping for just one long list of Cosmos and vodka/crans (dear God please no craft beer!) because you know how we women get when things like drinks are too complicated.

Hotel Bennett's spokesman Matt Owen told Raskin that Camellia's will "feel comfortable and inviting, particularly for women," which he must have gleaned through some kind of lady mind-reading wizardry, I suppose. Then again, how would I know? I'm just a lady.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Palmetto Goodwill donates $5,000 to Tricounty Family Ministries' new kitchen

Just $4,040 to go

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Dec 5, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Minnie Burkhardt is a Tricounty Family Ministries client who will be at the Christmas Brunch on Dec. 19 - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Minnie Burkhardt is a Tricounty Family Ministries client who will be at the Christmas Brunch on Dec. 19

The long road to raise $50,000 to build Tricounty Family ministries' new kitchen is nearly complete thanks to a generous donation today from Palmetto Goodwill. In an email to TFM, Palmetto Goodwill's president and CEO Robert Smith writes,

"I'd like to commit $5,000 toward your goal for the new kitchen! I know it's been a long journey and here at Palmetto Goodwill we wanted to help make that journey closer to reality!"

With this donation (plus the previous anonymous $10,000 donation), Tricounty Family Ministries is now just $4,040 from reaching the $50,000 mark. And to think this all began just three weeks ago when we published our story "Walk-ins Welcome." We can't thank y'all enough for donating to North Charleston's only major soup kitchen to make this project a reality.

That said, we now have just nine days to raise that final $4,040 that will allow TFM to install in their new home in Cherokee Place United Methodist Church a walk-in cooler, oven, hood, and new electrical work to feed the more than 300,000 free meals they offer each year.

As we fill our shopping carts with gifts and prepare for the holidays, meet with friends for parties and feasts, please remember our North Charleston neighbors who won't be celebrating this year with giant dinners and presents, and please consider all of the people who will line up on Rivers Avenue on December 19 for TFM's annual Christmas Brunch looking for a break from the cold, a warm meal, and a respite from the harsh realities of poverty. Please give here if you can.

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