Thursday, January 19, 2017

Chef Nico Romo announces his new Mt. Pleasant restaurant will be called NICO

Next stop Coleman Boulevard

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 1:24 PM

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Nico Romo will open NICO this spring. - PROVIDED
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  • Nico Romo will open NICO this spring.

Here's proof that Charleston's real estate boom is a boon for Mt. Pleasant — moments after posting that cocktail king RH Weaver is joining The Granary's new Coleman Boulevard location, former Fish Chef Nico Romo announced his new restaurant NICO will be at 201 Coleman Blvd. Maybe Mt. Perfect isn't so bad after all. (I kid, I kid, Mt. P. Love you. Mean it.)

In classic teaser fashion, those are all of the details we have so far, but if I was living East of the Cooper, I'd be feeling pretty pumped right now.

For a decade French chef Romo helmed Fish on King Street. Romo was named a Master French Chef in 2009, a title that, at the time, only 56 other chefs in the United States shared. In addition, Romo was one of the earliest supports of sustainable seafood in Charleston. When fisherman Mark Marhefka began selling trash fish to chefs, Romo was one of his first clients.

Now, after working for Patrick Properties for 10 years, he brings his European training and appreciation for locally sourced ingredients to his own concept. NICO is expected to open this spring.

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Roderick Hale Weaver says farewell to Lewis Barbecue, hello to The Granary

Mt. P bound

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 11:44 AM

When it comes to respected bartenders in Charleston, Roderick Hale Weaver is among the best. The former Husk bar manager joined Lewis Barbecue this summer bringing his knack for creative cocktails with him. His watermelon agua fresca pitchers where a refreshing counterpoint to the rich brisket and made sitting on the restaurant's patio elbows deep in hot guts on a 90 degree day this summer just a little more tolerable. But now Weaver says he's leaving the barbecue biz for The Granary's new location at 835 Coleman Boulevard.

"I've really enjoyed my time at Lewis, but I'm ready to try something else," Weaver says. "I'm looking for a home I can grow and be myself, a place to have a connection to the kitchen and be crazy creative."

Having known The Granary's chef and owner Brannon Florie for years, Weaver believes it will be just the place to stretch his cocktail skills.

"Brannon is a Charleston Brown Water Society brother. He and I have been friends and fans of each other's work for several years. It's gonna be a lot of fun working with him," says Weaver. That said, Weaver says the split from Lewis was amicable.

"John, Ben [Garbee], and I will certainly remain friends," Weaver says. "I have nothing but appreciation and respect for them both."

Florie and business partner Steve Palmer expect to open the new Granary in February.

“Although the place looks a little different, we’re maintaining the integrity of the restaurant by keeping fan-favorites like happy hour offers, the date night menu and lobster roll Mondays,” says Florie in a press release. “We’ve worked with Steve and his team to boost the programming and menu with hopes of being a go-to spot for Mt. Pleasant residents and beyond.”

The Granary will be open Sun. through Thurs. from 4 to 10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. from 4 to 11 p.m. and for Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Local restaurants celebrate anniversaries with food specials

Poogan's & Persimmon comin' in hot

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 11:06 AM

Take two bucks off this bad boy on Sat. Jan. 28. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Take two bucks off this bad boy on Sat. Jan. 28.
Poogan's Porch and Persimmon Cafe are celebrating January with specially priced menus. Poogan's Porch's annual Rollback menu kicks off on Mon. Jan. 23 and lasts until Thurs. Feb. 9. During this time guests will receive a 40 percent discount on all food items from the current dinner menu in celebration of 40 years of Poogan's operating on Queen Street.

On Sat. Jan. 28, Persimmon Cafe celebrates four years in Charleston with a day of deals. From 10 a.m.-9 p.m. guests can enjoy $2 off all sandwiches and $2 off all custards, for dine in and takeout.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Hot Eats: Three upcoming food functions not to miss

I want to go to there

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Is it just us or have pop-up dinners doubled in recent weeks? From the roving pie masters La Morra Pizzeria's recent stop at Le Farfalle to Short Grain's collaboration with Edmund's Oast, some of the best eats in town right now are one-night-only deals.

With that said, here's where we'd be dining in upcoming weeks if we had unlimited resources:

Semilla Pop-Up
New food truck Semilla might not sound familiar, but we've written about the creators plenty. Siblings Jill Schenzel and Macready Downer are the two who were originally behind plans to remodel 223 St. Philip St. into a restaurant called Seed. Two years since our initial report, those plans have since fell through, but they made way for an opportunity to create a Mexican street food truck instead. And now Charlestonians can get a taste of Chef Macready's goods — he was sous chef at Kevin Binkley's Binkley’s Restaurant in Cave Creek, Arizona as well as worked at José Andrés’ at Minibar in D.C. — this Sun. Jan. 21 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Bar Mash.

Short Grain at Le Farfalle
On Sun., Jan. 22 Shuai and Corrie Wang of Short Grain are taking over the kitchen at Le Farfalle. Fresh off a super successful take-over at Edmund's Oast as well as a trip to China, the two will work together with Chef Michael Toscano to develop the menu. Reservations are encouraged though people can also drop in any time as the bar is seated on a first come, first served basis. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Yazoo and Spero's Hot Chicken & Beer Dinner
If you love Spero's Tuesday night chicken package — $35 for chicken, two sides, mac and cheese, cole slaw, and four biscuits — take note. On Tues. Feb. 7 you have the option to swap in Nashville hot chicken. It's all in celebration of the arrival of Yazoo Brewing's beers to the Charleston market. Fittingly, Spero will be serving Yazoo to go along with your chicken dinner.

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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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