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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Coconut Joe’s purchased by Charleston Sports Pub owner with plans to keep name but revamp the space

“It’s going to stay Coconut Joe’s, but we’re going to put that sports pub touch on it”

Posted by Parker Milner on Thu, Jun 25, 2020 at 11:37 AM

Coconut Joe’s Beach Bar & Grill has been an Isle of Palms staple for years, serving frozen drinks and pub grub with a side of beachfront views. Thursday, the $3.2 million Ocean Boulevard property was purchased by Charleston Sports Pub from owner Joe Petro, who plans to retire.

According to Charleston Sports Pub owner Perry Freeman, they plan to upgrade the space while sticking with the Coconut Joe’s name, theme and menu.

“It’s going to stay Coconut Joe’s, but we’re going to put that sports pub touch on it,” said Freeman, who explained that changes would be small and gradual. More TVs, football packages and some changes to the rooftop were among the items he mentioned.

“The rooftop area has the best view in all of Charleston,” Freeman said. “We want to really expand that top area to make an area that’s more date night and nightlife driven.” Freeman confirmed the restaurant would remain open during all renovations.

As for the menu, Freeman said they plan to add more daily specials and traditional Southern items.

“The menu will be a little more condensed but all the favorites will still be there.”

Charleston Sports Pub currently operates out of four Charleston area locations with another one coming to Goose Creek this year. There are also two locations upstate in Clemson and Greenville.
Location Details Coconut Joe's Beach Grill & Bar
Coconut Joe's Beach Grill & Bar
1120 Ocean Blvd.
Isle of Palms, SC
(843) 886-0046
Lunch, Dinner, & Weekend Brunch.
Caribbean, Bar and Music Venue

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Monday, June 22, 2020

New Félix Cocktails et Cuisine chef Andrew Miller adding seasonal flavors to Parisian-inspired menu

Parisian staples with seasonal flair

Posted by Parker Milner on Mon, Jun 22, 2020 at 7:06 PM

Andrew Miller is taking over as executive chef at Félix Cocktails et Cuisine, the Parisian-themed King Street restaurant that opened in January 2018. The restaurant reopened for limited dining and carry out after temporarily closing due to the coronavirus.

Miller started in the food and beverage industry as a dishwasher over 15 years ago and joins Félix after working at famed Charleston restaurants like McCrady's Tavern, The Grocery and Lewis Barbecue. He's also spent time at restaurants in Minneapolis and Seattle and most recently worked as a morning line cook at The Daily.

Miller plans to keep Félix favorites on the menu but will make a few changes.

"There are some staples like the raclette burger and deviled eggs that I will not mess with," he said. "I'm going to have some of the same staples but they are going to have more seasonal vegetables."

Take Félix's mushroom bucatini, which he's revamping by hard-searing some fresh wild mushrooms to impart more flavor into the dish.

Miller, who was hired just prior to the restaurant's mandated coronavirus closure, used the last month to get accustomed to the small kitchen. 

"2020 is quite the year, but I was able to talk to all my employees and figure out what their needs are," he said. "I started off with just to-go stuff, and then when we reopened I had to get right to running starting everything from scratch. It was good to start off slow so I could get a view of what this kitchen needs."

Félix Cocktails et Cuisine is open for dinner daily from 4 p.m. to midnight. They also offer weekday lunch and weekend brunch from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location Details Félix Cocktails et Cuisine
550 King St.
Downtown
Charleston, SC
(843) 203-6297
French

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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Sunday: Several Charleston restaurants participate in 'Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice' coalition event

"All of us feel like we want to be part of the solution"

Posted by Parker Milner on Sun, Jun 21, 2020 at 7:15 AM

Several Charleston-area restaurants are joining the Southern Restaurants for Racial Justice coalition spearheaded by Nashville pastry chef Lisa Marie Donovan, Cheryl Day of Savannah’s Back in the Day Bakery and Sarah O’Brien of Atlanta’s Little Tart Bakery.

Sunday, restaurants in over 15 cities will donate 10 to 100 percent of sales to Color of Change, a black-led racial justice organization with 1.7 million members.

Over 20 Charleston restaurants are participating, including Butcher & Bee, The Daily, The Ordinary, FIG, Taco Boy, Wiki Wiki Sandbar, The Park Cafe, The Royal American and others.

The coalition is made up of "chefs, owners, bakers and makers banding together to actively support, learn from, work for and amplify the black voices and black leaders in our communities."

Mike Lata, executive chef and partner at FIG and The Ordinary, is leading the charge locally.

"I volunteered to front the Charleston arm of the coalition," he said. "I think in light of what's going on, all of us feel like we want to be part of the solution." 

Lata said that future coalition events will focus on local black-led organizations. Restaurants like FIG who are not open on Sundays will donate a portion of Saturday's sales to Color of Change.  

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Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Uptown Social calls in Fatso's Last Stand from Chicago for burgers, dogs, shakes, and pizza for takeout

We're all kids at heart

Posted by Parker Milner on Tue, Apr 28, 2020 at 12:24 PM

When a 10,000-square-foot bar is told they are no longer permitted to have customers enter the building, it's going to take some time to figure out where to go next.

Such was the case for Uptown Social, but co-owner Keith Benjamin says the upper King Street bar and restaurant is ready to reopen with a new takeout concept combining their sought-after "Thin + Crispy" pizzas with burgers, milkshakes, hot dogs, and more.

“We were just trying to figure out what we were going to do next," says Benjamin, who moved to Charleston to help open Uptown Social in 2018. "We wanted to lay low for a little bit until we knew more about what was going on.”

Realizing that takeout-only service might be the new normal for at least the next couple of weeks, one of Benjamin's New York partners suggested bringing Chicago sister spot Fatso's Last Stand's popular fast casual concept to Uptown Social.

"The Bleecker" Thin + Crispy bar pie - KEELY LAUGHLIN
  • Keely Laughlin
  • "The Bleecker" Thin + Crispy bar pie
"As we started to think about bringing our own brand back to life through offering takeout, we thought what better way than to combine two of our most exciting concepts — Fatso's burgers, hot dogs, fried shrimp, and shakes with our very own 'Thin + Crispy' pizzas," explains Benjamin.

With this in mind, Uptown Social chefs Jonathan Kaldas and Alec Gropman developed a new menu featuring four different shakes, three kinds of dogs, and a griddled burger to go with five pizzas from their pre-coronavirus menu. This will be the new Uptown Social for the foreseeable future.

Benjamin hopes the affordable offering will trigger a sense of nostalgia during this difficult time. "While the culinary world has evolved in so many ways, we are all kids at heart."

Starting Thurs. April 30, Uptown Social will be open for takeout on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 12-8 p.m. To place an order, dial (843)-793-1837 or send an email to foodorder@uptownsocialchs.com.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020

Charleston restaurant veterans have ideas for a "Hospitality Workers National Appreciation Day"

Move over National Pretzel Day

Posted by Parker Milner on Thu, Apr 23, 2020 at 8:02 AM

Steve Seguin manages Beech on Daniel Island - RUTA SMITH
  • Ruta Smith
  • Steve Seguin manages Beech on Daniel Island
"It all started with a text conversation with my friend Tomas Prado from Spanglish," explains Steve Seguin, who started the petition to create a "Hospitality Workers National Appreciation Day."

Seguin, who worked at Lewis Barbecue and Juan Luis, Wild Olive, and The Grocery before becoming the manager at Beech on Daniel Island, says this is another way to try to rally people together during the coronavirus pandemic.

"Hospitality is in our bones. We take great pride in nourishing our fellow men and women," says Seguin in the petition. "I believe it is time to give the hospitality workers of the world their own day. It is long overdue."

Seguin plans to send the petition to the James Beard House, the National Restaurant Association, Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg, and Gov. Henry McMaster. Sign the petition now at Change.org.  

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