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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Westendorff to get a Greek makeover

New year, new name

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 7:23 AM

The Westendorff will become Stella's Greek restaurant - JONATHNA BONCEK
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  • The Westendorff will become Stella's Greek restaurant

Keftedes, moussaka, saganaki, look for The Westendorff's menu to sell all these items in the new year. Owner Steven Niketas says his one-year-old restaurant will reopen as Stella's, the second location of a well-known Richmond, Va. Greek restaurant. 

"We’ll be partnering with our dear friends Johnny and Katrina Giavos, restaurant pioneers in the Richmond area," writes Niketas in an email. Stella's has been operating in Richmond for 50 years. 

“We’re thrilled to bring this concept to the area and answer what I believe is a great need for more dining diversity in the city,” says  Niketas. “I’m also honored to have my mother, Elane Yatrelis Niketas, helping guide us in this new direction.”

Niketas, the former owner of Mosaic Cafe in Mt. Pleasant (and current owner of Mosaic Catering), spent the last few years renovating the 125-year-old building at 114 St. Philip St. The former hardware store survived Hurricane Hugo, but had sat in disrepair for years. For his efforts, Niketas was honored with the Historic Charleston Foundation's Robert N.S. and Patti Foos Whitelaw Founders Award in recognition of work in rehabilitation and adaptive reuse.

But it wasn't all awards in the kitchen. While City Paper gave the restaurant a good review under opening Chef Ted Jackson, he left three months later. Chef Blake Joyal took over next, but he was out after eight months. Without someone to lead the upscale diner forward, Niketas says he's looking forward to starting a new chapter. 

After closing on Sun. Oct. 16, The Westendorff will undergo yet another renovation and reopen as Stella's in early 2017 serving dinner and Sunday brunch. 

In the meantime, the building's second floor event space, The Warren Room, will continue to operate throughout the transition with Mosaic Catering + Events handling all banquet operations.

“We hope our patrons will continue to dine with us until then,” Niketas says.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Drink an Exit Strategy at YoBo Cantina Fresca's debate party tonight

Each time Trump says "yuge," drink

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 at 10:20 AM

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Statistician Nate Silver tweeted this morning that presidential nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are in a dead heat. If that makes you want to drink as much as it does us, you might want to head to YoBo Cantinta Fresca's debate party tonight.

Appropriately named Drink 2 Debate, YoBo's going all out for debate that will take place at Hofstra University this evening. To get viewers in the mood, both YoBo locations at South Windermere and in Park Circle are offering three beer + shot combos, all for $7 each. And in keeping with the theme, the drinks are designed to suit your party affiliation.

There's the 'Merica, a PBR with a shot of Jack Daniels; the Border Patrol which includes a Tecate followed by a shot of Espolon Silver; and finally the Exit Strategy, Labatt Blue with a Canadian Club chaser. The same deals will run for each debate this season including at the VP debate on Oct. 4, the second presidential debate on Oct. 9, and the final presidential debate on Oct. 19. 

The festivities begin at 7 p.m. and the debate will be aired live beginning at 9 p.m.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Chef Damon Wise parts with Scarecrow and Co. restaurants

Wise move

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Sat, Sep 24, 2016 at 11:26 AM

Chef Damon Wise opened Wise Buck and Feathertop this summer - JONATHAN BONCEK
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  • Chef Damon Wise opened Wise Buck and Feathertop this summer

Four months after opening Wise Buck restaurant, the first in his 23 Ann St. Scarecrow & Co. restaurant trifecta with business partner Jonathan Buckley, Chef Damon Wise says he's out.

On Friday, Sept. 23, the Post & Courier reported that Buckley had confirmed Wise's departure adding that Ray England will now take over as executive chef.

As you can imagine other changes are in the works. According to P&C, Buckley was pushing for a tiki bar to takeover the smoked meats theme at Wise Buck but has pumped the brakes on that idea thanks to input from friends.

Instead, Feathertop (which City Paper reviewed last month) will evolve into a more casual restaurant, while Wise Buck will offer take-out from Scarecrow which is slated to open on Oct. 8.

So what of Wise? The chef — whose reputation as chef de cuisine of Andrew Carmellini's NYC French brasserie Lafayette and executive chef position at Tom Colicchio's Craft preceded him — now finds himself without a job. 

City Paper reached Wise for comment and he shared the following:

"I am very appreciate of the Charleston community for their support and deeply proud of my team, the food we put out, and the hard work of everyone at Feathertop and Wise Buck Smoked Meats. I wish Jonathan the best with the project moving forward."

Wise says he'll stay in Charleston but has no definitive plans to announce right now. 


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Have $4,000? You could own a piece of the Thoroughbred Club

Have a seat

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 12:37 PM

The iconic double-sided couch has sat in the middle of the Thoroughbred Club for 10 years - THOROUGHBRED CLUB FACEBOOK PAGE
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  • The iconic double-sided couch has sat in the middle of the Thoroughbred Club for 10 years
You gotta hand it to CP's staff, we've found some pretty weird shit on Charleston's Craigslist in the past. There was the caricature artist who would sketch your image for free, the site's local hen trade, and a person selling human teeth. But today we've spotted something someone might actually want. Perhaps your ass is familiar with it — the double-sided couch at Charleston Place's Thoroughbred Club.

For the low, low price of $4,000, you could own this symbol of luxury living.

According to Craigslist, the Thoroughbred Club is undergoing a remodel and "the time has come ... to say farewell to the famous, double-sided, brown leather couch that has lived in the Thoroughbred Club for some 10 years."

The motivated seller admits that, having sat in a busy bar for a decade, the sofa is not without its blemishes and will require repair. However, "all damage is superficial."  

If you've got a lift gate, a truck, and a fat wad of cash, this piece of history could be yours. Note: It will likely require four to six people to lift the piece.

The post says those interested can contact Nathan at Charleston Place for more information. 

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Leftovers: Carrigg's Seafood's lunch counter is just one reason to stop at this old school gem

Look for the lighthouse out front

Posted by Jonathan Boncek on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 10:22 AM

Part of the staff photography position at CP is photographing various bands and musical artists week after week. I love capturing these individuals and groups as I can get as creative as possible, but the hardest part of the assignment is finding a place to shoot the bands without being cliché. I try to stay away from the brick wall backdrop, the railroad tracks, and the composition of standing in a boring row. This is one of the more difficult aspects of the job.

Rewind to a year ago. My assignment was to get a feature shot of Hunter Park for the release of her LP Oh, What a Love. I was having a creative block trying to find a location, plus, the weather wasn't cooperating either. Hunter stepped in and offered up a little fish market she used to work at, Carrigg’s Seafood off of River’s Avenue.

I was instantly surprised upon walking in. This establishment has old school Charleston written all over it. The small fish market features a lunch counter where a lovely young woman serves up garlic crabs, fried seafood platters, and sandwiches of fresh whiting. But she doesn't look like your usual fish monger. An exotic beauty, she gives the impression that this is not your typical fish market. I vowed to return to investigate more. A year passed. But with the inception of my Leftovers column, I knew this would be a perfect forum for a little photographic journalism. 

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Carrigg’s Seafood sells fresh flounder gigged around Folly Beach, shrimp from the Carolina coast, and a variety of other fresh seafood coming in daily. In the corner a small kitchen with fryers prepare the day’s catch. Here, Celeste Carrigg receives the daily delivery of blue crabs. She started helping out in her father’s store at age six. She was left alone to man the store alone at age nine.
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Here Celeste Carrigg receives the daily delivery of blue crabs. She started helping out in her father’s store at age six. She was left alone to man the store alone at age nine.
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Hamed Ebron pulls in Apalachicola singles off a delivery truck.
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John Carrigg tests the quality of the fresh delivery. John opened up this location on Rivers Avenue in 1962 while being a plant manager at Lockheed Martin. His father, Hubert Carrigg, started in the seafood business opening up a small shop downtown in the '30s at the corner of South and America Streets. Hubert housed his family above that store.
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Celeste and John inspect the newly arrived singles.

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Celeste's mother is from Honduras, and her father John is from Cope, South Carolina. Celeste is the youngest of four siblings. She has vowed to carry on the family business.

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Carrigg's seafood platter ($9.95) is composed of fried whiting, clams, shrimp, deviled crab, hushpuppies, and french fries. Carrigg’s concocts their own tartar and cocktail sauces. High Life bottles are served cold at $2.25 a piece.

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Blue crabs are served steamed or fried (pictured here) with garlic butter, and sold at market price.

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