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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

First Look: Chef Robert Carter's Barony Tavern

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Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Mar 25, 2015 at 7:12 AM

The entrance to Barony Tavern looks out onto the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel on Wentworth Street - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • The entrance to Barony Tavern looks out onto the lobby of the Renaissance Hotel on Wentworth Street

Chef Robert Carter's renovation of Wentworth Grill is complete and beginning Mon. March 30 the new Barony Tavern will open for dinner inside the Renaissance Charleston Historic District Hotel. City Paper got a first look at the former chef of Peninsula Grill and Rutledge Cab Co.'s new space designed by architect Dan Sweeney of Stumphouse. What we found is a Southern hunting lodge with nods to the Scottish Highlands and the golden age of anthropomorphic Victorian taxidermy — think a monocle-wearing fox and a bow-tied bobcat. 

The tavern and dining room will have two different menus and Carter will run the hotel's breakfast, banquets, and room service in addition to the restaurant. 

Once officially open next week, Barony's hours will be Monday through Sunday, 7 a.m.-10 a.m. for breakfast; 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. for lunch; and 5:30 p.m.–10 p.m. for dinner (serving until 11 p.m. on weekends). The Tavern menu will be available from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. For reservations call (843) 247-4246.



The inspiration for the space came from a stag painting reinterpreted by local artist Kevin LePrince - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • The inspiration for the space came from a stag painting reinterpreted by local artist Kevin LePrince
Chef Carter's friend gave him the many taxidermy pieces throughout the restaurant - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • Chef Carter's friend gave him the many taxidermy pieces throughout the restaurant
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Architect Dan Sweeney of Stumphouse says he was inspired by a blend of regal Southern and whimsical elements - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • Architect Dan Sweeney of Stumphouse says he was inspired by a blend of regal Southern and whimsical elements
The Barony's Fantastic Mr. Fox presides above the bar - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • The Barony's Fantastic Mr. Fox presides above the bar
The Barony Tavern menu will differ from the Barony's dining room. - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • The Barony Tavern menu will differ from the Barony's dining room.
Carter has blended bare and white tablecloth tables to make the space more casual - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • Carter has blended bare and white tablecloth tables to make the space more casual
A black squirrel wears a top hat and a tiny Scottish sporran - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • A black squirrel wears a top hat and a tiny Scottish sporran
Deer heads sit above the dining room fireplace - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • Deer heads sit above the dining room fireplace
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A bow-tied bobcat looks out at the dining room - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • A bow-tied bobcat looks out at the dining room



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