Tuesday, August 4, 2020

New Rutledge Avenue restaurant Chasing Sage debuts with pop-up takeout series

From Seoul to Paris

Posted by Parker Milner on Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 9:17 AM

Chasing Sage will open for takeout-only on August 4 - PARKER MILNER FILE
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  • Chasing Sage will open for takeout-only on August 4
Rutledge Avenue restaurant Chasing Sage will open for takeout only starting on August 4, just a few short months after their planned March opening. Owners Cindy and Walter Edward and Forrest Brunton plan to serve a regularly-changing takeout menu featuring some of their favorite international foods during a series of rotating themed pop-ups.

Executive chefs Walter Edward and Brunton have used the quarantine to reinvent some classic dishes they’ve missed since the start of the pandemic, cooking everything from Moroccan to tacos and ramen. While the group does not yet feel comfortable fully opening due to COVID-19, they did want to offer a fun takeout menu highlighting the chefs’ culinary perspectives.

"The idea of doing something that’s made for the world of COVID but is also fun is really exciting," Walter said. To start, the chefs will serve a Korean barbecue themed menu titled "We Got Seoul."
"We recently all just made Korean barbecue for Cindy’s birthday, and it was so much fun," Brunton said. "It’s a type of food that’s hard to find in Charleston proper. It’s such a fun, interactive food and it just struck us as the go-to one to start with."

Look for bibimbap, duck bulgogi, short rib with kimchi and more on the entirely gluten-free menu. For drinks, Chasing Sage will offer Hite beer, cava and soju flavored with local peaches. The Korean menu, which will be available from August 4-15, will be followed by a trip to France starting on Tuesday August 18.

"We’ll be doing a lot of the classic dishes you might find at affordable, casual French places," Brunton said. "During the day, we’ll have picnic baskets available with charcuterie, cheese plates and bread. We’re big on bread-making and this will be our first chance to showcase that." 
Cindy, who also owns a local online bakery called The Moody Macaron, will be making macarons for the pop-ups, changing flavors every week to go with the theme. This week, look for sesame, green tea and Calamansi lime.

The Edwards and Brunton don’t know when they’ll open up the Chasing Sage dining room. For now, they're simply welcoming the opportunity to feed hungry customers. 

"Once we’re ready to do what Chasing Sage is, we’re going to do it 100 percent," Walter said. "Forrest and I have cooked all over the world and traveled a lot, and this gives us the opportunity to play around a little bit with carry-out appropriate dinners."

To place a takeout order from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, visit
Location Details Chasing Sage
267 Rutledge Ave.
Charleston, SC
Tues.-Sat. 5-9 p.m.
Modern American

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Starting Thursday, Tu shifts focus from Indian to Asian-inspired street food

Now open for dinner Thursday through Saturday

Posted by Parker Milner on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 11:02 AM

Meeting Street restaurant Tu will get a new menu and a new focus this week, the latest look for the creative, low-key downtown spot.

Since January 2019, Tu has focused on cuisine from the Indian subcontinent, serving dishes like butter chicken, vindaloo curry and naan. Starting Thursday, Tu will shift to a focus on Asian-inspired street food, a version of the restaurant executive chef Josh Walker refers to as Tu 3.0.

"People now more than ever are on this comfort food kick," Walker said. "The idea moving forward is to do a mix of cultures all throughout Asia but mainly inspired by street food."
The new menu, which features seven items under $15, lends itself to casual dining on their newly expanded outdoor patio. Bao buns with pork belly vindaloo, chicken satay and a Korean fried chicken sandwich are some examples of the dishes Walker will offer. In addition, fans of the Indian menu will be pleased to see the vada pav, a spicy fried potato slider-style sandwich, return to the menu after debuting back in January 2019.

The change at Tu comes just days after Walker announced his other restaurant, Xiao Bao Biscuit, would open a second location in Charlotte's new food hall, Optimist Hall. The Charlotte outpost, which will be simply called Xiao Bao, is the 23rd tenant to commit to the food hall and will open in spring 2021.

In a press release, Walker said, "This is an exciting next chapter for us, and we can’t wait to share our love for Asian cuisine with Charlotte. This is a big moment in the city’s restaurant scene, and we couldn't be happier to be a part of the great community at Optimist Hall."
Location Details Tu
430 Meeting St.
Charleston, SC
Serving lunch and dinner, Thurs.-Sat.

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

Florence's Lowcountry Kitchen departs Market Street, reopens in South Windermere Center

New location, same Southern vibes

Posted by Parker Milner on Thu, Jul 16, 2020 at 10:57 AM

Florence's Lowcountry Kitchen is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-9 p.m. - PROVIDED
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  • Florence's Lowcountry Kitchen is open Tuesday through Saturday from 12-9 p.m.
Florence's Lowcountry Kitchen has left their downtown Market Street location, reopening in West Ashley in the South Windermere Center space previously occupied by Black Wood Smokehouse. After opening for takeout last weekend, Florence's is now serving customers inside the restaurant Tuesday through Saturday for lunch and dinner.

Owners Jonathan and Patrick Kish, the CEO of Queen Street Hospitality, opened Florence's in September 2019 as an ode to their grandmother Florence Powell. They will continue to serve Southern favorites like pimento cheese dip, crab cakes and fried chicken and waffles at the new location.

"During this crazy time, we are excited and hopefully optimistic to move Florence's Lowcountry Kitchen to South Windermere," said the Kish brothers in a press release.

"Our Granny, Florence Powell, lived close to South Windermere and visited the Shopping Center often. The menu is still focused on Lowcountry offerings inspired by our family meals. Local seafood and produce are the staples that we use to honor her and our family."
Location Details Florence's Lowcountry Kitchen
90 Folly Road Blvd Suite B-4.
West Ashley
Charleston, S.C.
(843) 507-8285
Tues.-Sat. 12-9 p.m.

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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Braised in the South food truck will settle down on Johns Island this summer

Totchos, mac & cheese bowls and more

Posted by Elise DeVoe on Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 7:40 AM

Freshly painted sign at Braised in the South's upcoming John's Island location - PROVIDED
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  • Freshly painted sign at Braised in the South's upcoming John's Island location
Braised in the South food truck has been rolling through Charleston serving mouthwatering Southern fare since 2017. Now that they’ve made a name for themselves in Charleston, co-owners Steve Klatt and Brandon Lapp are settling down at a brick-and-mortar space on Johns Island later this summer.

The truck started on a whim when Klatt applied to be on Season 8 of Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.” Klatt and Lapp brought their simple but bold flavors on the road with them and secured the win. When they came back home to Charleston, they had the name recognition to be highly sought after for public gatherings, weddings and corporate events.

Klatt and Lapp both live on John’s Island with their families, so when they found out the lease was up at the 3338 Maybank Hwy. space next door to Tattooed Moose, “everything just fell into place.”

Once open, the restaurant will serve their barbecue and Southern staples through a walk-up window, allowing patrons to either enjoy their meal on the back patio or take it home to their family. The back patio will be “comfortable, down home, with a family-style feel” with the help of cafe lights, planter boxes with herbs and misting fans to fend off the heat.

For fans of the truck, Klatt and Lapp will dedicate a section of the menu to favorites like their totchos, smoked wings, and pork and mac bowl. They’ll also serve sandwiches from the truck and barbecue platters featuring your choice of protein, bread, sauces, pickles and sides. The space will be especially family-friendly with fun items like soft serve ice cream.

Although Lapp and Klatt already have a large following, they are excited to develop a group of regulars in their own community.

“What I think I’m really looking forward to is [our] weekly specials. We aren’t going to do it right off the rip, but once we get going and we’re in a good spot we will start doing these daily and weekly specials. We’ll do bone-in fried chicken, whole fish fries, smoked rib nights; things like that.”
Shrimp tacos - PROVIDED
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  • Shrimp tacos

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Irish-themed bar and restaurant opening on Cumberland Street on June 22

Irish hello

Posted by Parker Milner on Wed, Jun 10, 2020 at 4:09 PM

Co-owners Dan and Conor Sullivan named Bumpa's after their grandfather - PROVIDED
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  • Co-owners Dan and Conor Sullivan named Bumpa's after their grandfather
Bumpa's, an Irish bar and restaurant from brothers Dan and Conor Sullivan, is opening downtown at 5 Cumberland Street on June 22. The eatery is a tribute to their grandfather Bumpa and will serve elevated bar food seven days a week.

The space, which was previously occupied by Jimmy Dengate's, Moe's Downtown and Cumberland Street Smokehouse, was renovated over the course of 10 months by architect David Richards and builder Paul Koenig. The Sullivans hope the atmosphere in the circa 1830 warehouse will pair well with the food and beverage offering.
Leading the kitchen will be executive chef Joe Palmitessa, who previously held positions at the Hotel Bennett and Kiawah’s Ocean Room. His menu will feature hand-cut French fries and burgers like the Southpaw, a combination of locally-sourced beef, pickled red onions, lettuce and tomato on a soft Kaiser roll.

In a press release, Conor said, "Our menu is inspired by the playful spirit of our family, especially our grandfather, who was a great storyteller and a not-bad boxer.”
If you walked into Moe's Downtown, Jimmy Dengates or Cumberland Street Smokehouse, you know these doors - PROVIDED
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  • If you walked into Moe's Downtown, Jimmy Dengates or Cumberland Street Smokehouse, you know these doors
For beverages, look for 14 rotating draught beers, whiskey from local distilleries and craft cocktails like the Sullivan's Travels, a Caribbean rum-based drink with Italian amaro, French lillet, basil, soda and lime.

Bumpa's initial opening hours will be Sunday through Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Location Details Bumpa's
5 Cumberland St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 952-7565
Sun.-Wed. 4 p.m.-12 a.m. Thurs.-Sat. 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

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