The Black Bean Company, a vegan-friendly restaurant owned by Culinary Institute of Charleston poster boy Ellis Grossman, will open at 116 Spring St. on Sept. 1 and his concept is a big, appealing one: energy food.
Grossman's menu encompasses healthy wraps, gyros, and salads made from local products (when available).
"If you only use the best products, you get the best finished product," he astutely points out.
The menu is broken down into several categories, our favorite being the "Good for the Soul" section with items like the Spring Street (chicken or turkey with hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh tzatziki, and sprouts). Thanksgiving Joy also has a certain appeal with its combination of turkey, mixed greens, cranberry dressing, sprouts, and fresh mozzarella. Vegans get their own section with eight wraps that range from the Ginger Palmetto (heart of palm, mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, sprouts, carrots, banana pepper, and tofu) to the Festival Wrap (black beans, jasmine rice, zucchini, squash, and avocado). Grossman also has plenty of salads to choose from and a handful of intriguing specialties of the house: fresh spring rolls, California roll, gazpacho, wheat grass shots, ginger mint lemonade, and pasta salad.
The restaurant will also serve breakfast from 8-11 a.m., with coffee and baked goods.
Black Bean Co. will participate in the CHAMP dining card program and also have online ordering and delivery during their hours (8 a.m.-11 p.m.).