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Monday, March 27, 2017

Gentry Bar and Room opens this Fri. March 31

Cocktails and comfort food

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 3:29 PM

Former Turner South Home Plate host Marvin Woods will helm Gentry Bar - PROVIDED
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  • Former Turner South Home Plate host Marvin Woods will helm Gentry Bar

JD Madison, owner of Sermet's and a regular on Southern Charm, officially opens the doors to his Gentry Bar and Room this Fri., March 31.

Reality TV antics aside, (read up on the genesis of Madison's bourbon venture and how he brought would-be business partner Craig Canover to tears at a tasting) the renovated Sermet's space promises to honor Gullah cuisine under the helm of chef Marvin Woods.
Charlotte Jenkins will be Gentry Bar & Room's Gullah specialist - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Charlotte Jenkins will be Gentry Bar & Room's Gullah specialist

We talked to Woods last week about the focus of the Gentry's menu, and he assured us that with the help of one of the Lowcountry's most important Gullah chefs, Charlotte Jenkins, Gullah flavors will be at the forefront of the restaurant. "I wrote a book on Lowcountry cooking and I thought I knew a bit," says Woods. "But I'm not fourth and fifth generation. Charlotte knows it all. It's not just the cooking aspect or her palate, it's all that wisdom."

In addition to the Gullah fare, the restaurant will offer an extensive whiskey and craft cocktail program. Gentry will be open daily for lunch 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., happy hour 4 to 7 p.m., and dinner will be served Sun.-Weds. 5 to 11 p.m. and Thurs.-Sat. 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. They will also serve brunch Sat. and Sun. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.




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Tapio Boba Tea Cafe has relocated to Coming Street

Tiny orbs of delight

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 3:18 PM

Lychee tea with lychee "poppings" - MARY SCOTT HARDAWAY
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  • Lychee tea with lychee "poppings"
While we mourn the loss of Taco Spot and Apartment A at 221 1/2 Coming St., we are happy to report that Tapio Boba Tea Cafe has taken over the space and, since it's grand reopening Sat. March 25, has been abuzz with bonefied boba fiends.

Once tucked into a small spot on Spring, Tapio still serves the same addictive tea — available with a milk, fruit, or frozen base; flavors like lychee, lavender, and Thai coffee; and toppings like mango and green apple jelly and, of course, boba.

Boba tea, also known as bubble or pearl tea, is a Taiwanese drink made with a tea base shaken with fruit or milk, then topped with chewy tapioca balls (which we've officially deemed tiny orbs of delight) or fruit jelly (also delightful).

Jelly toppings on display - MARY SCOTT HARDAWAY
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  • Jelly toppings on display
Tapio's new space is bright and airy - MARY SCOTT HARDAWAY
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  • Tapio's new space is bright and airy
Tapio has added a few food items to their menu: Khao Man Gai (Thai chicken over rice, $7.50), Lu Rou Fan (Taiwanese pork belly over rice, $7.50), and Yansu Ji (Taiwanese popcorn chicken, $5).

The food is cooked in the teeny former Taco Spot building, while the former Apartment A space is clean and bright, decorated with succulents, chalkboards, and several round dining tables. There's even a lounge-like area with comfy chairs and a couch framed by big windows. It's the perfect lunch spot for MUSC and CofC students, or for an afterwork stopover if you're craving a caffeinated bev. topped with something sweet.

Tapio is open Thurs.-Tues from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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Park Circle's The Orange Spot gets a new ... spot

Different spot, same color

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 11:54 AM

The Orange Spot opened in 2013 on Chateau Avenue in Park Circle - JONATHAN BONCEK FILE
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  • The Orange Spot opened in 2013 on Chateau Avenue in Park Circle
Laura Cannon opened The Orange Spot with Julie Simuang in 2013 - FILE
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  • Laura Cannon opened The Orange Spot with Julie Simuang in 2013
Laura and Matt Cannon and Julie Simuang's much loved Orange Spot Coffeehouse is getting new digs in Park Circle. Thanks to a new development going in up the street, the coffee shop will move to 1011 E. Montague, according to the Post & Courier.

Simuang and Cannon (City Paper's former advertising coordinator) opened the shop in their 675 square foot space at 4824 Chateau Ave. in 2013. Simuang wanted to create a place like the coffee shops she'd enjoyed abroad as a member of the Peace Corps.

As we reported in 2013, "She found herself going back to the same Thai coffeehouse, which made her feel safe, secure, and welcome. This spot also featured a special orange drink, the Cha Yen, which inspired a catchy nickname and Simuang would think: 'Today I’m going to my orange spot.'" When she returned back to the states with a coffeehouse dream in hand, she knew her priorities: 'I need to provide my customers with [their own] orange spot.'"

Now even more customers will be able to take comfort in the Orange Spot's new 1,280 square food space. The Orange Spot will move into Marquis Station, a four-building complex at East Montague and Virginia avenues sometime this summer. 
The corner of E. Montague Avenue and Virginia Avenue will be the new home of The Orange Spot Coffeehouse - GOOGLE STREET VIEW
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  • The corner of E. Montague Avenue and Virginia Avenue will be the new home of The Orange Spot Coffeehouse

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Learn about Madeira at Edmund's Oast this Thursday

More than a dessert wine

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Mon, Mar 27, 2017 at 10:24 AM

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One of the oldest wines in the world, Madeira, is known for the unique way in which it is produced — the wine is placed in stainless steel vats and heated. Yes, you read that right, heated, no cool and cavernous wine cellars needed.

This tradition harkens back to the days of seafaring, when the wine was transported from the Madeira Islands (off the coast of Portugal) to the East Indies or the New World, inevitably exposed to intense heat. The resulting flavor makes it an ideal wine for apertifs or to be imbibed post-meal with dessert.

Edmund's Oast Exchange beer educator Brandon Plyler leads a class Thurs., March 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Edmund's exploring the history of the wine and how best to consume it. From a daily drink at the dinner table to a surprise ingredient in the kitchen, Madeira is a versatile wine that is often underestimated in the world of red and white go-tos.

Tickets are $50 a person and bites will be provided by chef Reid Henninger.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

James Island gains a fast/casual spot with Hen and The Goat

Break the fast

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 10:36 AM

Hen and The Goat is at 869 Folly Rd. - KINSEY GIDICK
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  • Hen and The Goat is at 869 Folly Rd.
When James Island lost Black Bean Co. on Folly Road, it saw a sad day. Owner Ellis Grossman's fast casual spot was the busiest of his three Black Beans at the time. But he closed it citing "changes in federal health care insurance laws and overtime regulations. He said it’s not financially viable to keep all of them open," according to the Post & Courier.

Fortunately for JI-ers, there's a comparable replacement that just opened. Restaurateur and chef Thomas Smith has reopened 869 Folly Rd. as Hen and The Goat and its simple menu and family friendly environment, should be good news for neighbors.

We popped by this morning for breakfast. Inside, the space has been whitewashed and updated with shiplap banquettes, tables, and even the occasional grey throw pillow. Tables are decorated with mason jar bouquets and service is at the counter.

We ordered the salmon bagel, Simply Eggs — two eggs your way, choice of meat, hash browns, toast — and a blueberry muffin. Everything tasted fresh and the service was quick and friendly. Only one qualm, the tinny corporate jazz soundtrack could use a hard skip, but other than that, we'll be back for more soon.

Hen and The Goat is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon.-Sun.
KINSEY GIDICK
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