Bistro 61, Palete and Palette, Moo Shu, Le Club Fez, Twizt, Mondo's, WalMart buys local 

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Our review of Bistro 61 last week praised the food of Chef Thierry Goulard, the former favorite from Mia's Café who had taken up with Harvey Nathan and had turned Nathan's Deli into a respectable French bistro at night. Turns out, Goulard has already parted ways with Nathan. When Goulard first arrived a few months ago, the restaurant made sure to spread the word about their new chef, announcing it to the press and putting up signs on the building. Four weeks ago, when Jeff Allen first dined there for the review, he spotted Goulard in the kitchen and says the Frenchman even stopped by his table to inquire about the food. When the review hit the streets on Wednesday, Goulard called us and told us he had left the restaurant and didn't want his name associated with the food anymore. We stopped by Nathan's to get the scoop and learned that Nathan and Goulard had conflicting opinions on how to manage the restaurant and Goulard decided to leave. Nathan has hired a new chef, Mark Warren, and hopes to continue in the same direction they were heading. Whether his food will be as good has yet to be determined. We guess this means we have to get back over there soon to try it out. —Stephanie Barna


Last week, we included the Palette and Palate Stroll in our annual summer guide. Unfortunately, we got our numbers mixed up. The art and food event slated for July 11 actually raised $22,000 and attracted 1,500 over the last two years combined (2006 and 2007). They have always kept the tickets at a smallish 700, in order to keep the event intimate and fun for attendees. If you haven't gotten your tickets for this year yet, you might want to get on that. The event usually sells out. Get more information at —Stephanie Barna


"Do you Moo Shu? Coming this September." Don't be surprised when you start seeing more messages like this posted in the windows of Fish, downtown's French-Asian fusion seafood restaurant. If it makes you do a double-take and give a Tim Allen grunt, good, that's the point. Chef Nico and the Fish team are attempting to raise eyebrows in anticipation for upcoming renovations and a re-conceptualization of their menu. We can't give you any more to go on than that. We can only tell you that Fish won't be offering Chinese take out anytime soon. —Alison Sher


Speaking of more beguiling messages, we found a note posted on the locked door of Le Club Fez last week saying that they were closed because the A/C was broken. But they've been closed for more than a week (surely long enough to fix a broken A/C), and word on the street has our favorite French-Moroccan restaurant changing ownership. Nothing has been confirmed by owner Chris Coker as of yet, but we're hoping that Fez will reopen soon. —Alison Sher

TWIZT GOES DARK, Mondo turns 10

After getting locked out of Fez (see above) and deciding not to wait 45 minutes for a table at Fat Hen, we thought we'd eat dinner at Twizt (and do some research for our upcoming issue of Dish). Unfortunately, it looks like Twizt has closed its doors too. The restaurant was dark and abandoned. Calls to the owners have not been returned, so we don't know if this is temporary or not. But a word to diners looking for a great place to eat on James Island: Mondo's. This old stand-by did us right the other night. We headed there after the Fez/Twizt lockout and dined on some affordable and delicious Italian fare. They deserve a shout out as they're celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. It's nice to watch a restaurant evolve and improve over time as they've done. I mean, they started out pretty great, but they've maintained their quality over the years and that's no easy feat. —Stephanie Barna



So it turns out that all that produce you may or may not have been buying at Wal-Mart has been from South Carolina all along. Although it is widely known that the mega-corporation has launched a partnership with S.C. farmers to promote local fruits and vegetables around the state, according to Emily Brady from Chernoff Newman, the firm working with Wal-Mart and Certified S.C. Produce, they were already sourcing $662 million worth of S.C. produce before the recent advertising campaign. While purchasing locally is eco-friendly and a great economic opportunity for regional farmers, all Wal-Mart really deserves is a pat on the back. They're just finally branding what was ours to begin with.­ —Alison Sher


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