Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Americano restaurant in Mt. Pleasant is for sale


Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 3:32 PM

  • Craigslist
Want to buy a turn-key restaurant with an art deco Miami feel complete with a flamingo mural? Look no further than Coleman Boulevard. The Americano Owner John Adamson has put his Americano (819 Coleman Blvd.) restaurant up for sale on Craigslist.

Adamson, who also owns The Rarebit, says that three years after opening, he's reevaluating his options with the space. "It is available for sale but if no one buys it, I have plans to relaunch it in the very near future," Adamson says.

The vibrant Cuban restaurant has had its ups and downs since openings three years ago. There were initial chef shake-ups before Chef Nathan Thurston was brought in to consult on the project and right the ship, which he successfully did. But staffing issues continue to be a struggle.

"I could have never guessed that in three or four years, that as many restaurants would have opened. The cannibalism just doesn’t make any sense," he says.

So it's time to try something new. The restaurant business, complete with use of The Americano name, is for sale for $650,000. The Craigslist ad lists rent for the 3,477-square-foot as $4,500 per month plus taxes and insurance. 
  • Jonathan Boncek
Location Details The Americano
819 Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC
(843) 352-2641
Lunch & Dinner
Cuban and Mexican

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Eat at Chipotle on Thurs. Aug. 3 and donate to the Charleston Animal Society

Extra guac, please

Posted by Sarah Reynolds on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 3:29 PM

50 percent of the money you spend on this order can go towards the CAS. - PROVIDED
  • Provided
  • 50 percent of the money you spend on this order can go towards the CAS.
The Charleston Animal Society has paired up with the Charleston-area Chipotle restaurants for an all-day fundraiser. At each of the five Charleston-area Chipotle restaurants, animal lovers can put their love of sofritas to good use. On Thurs. Aug. 3 just let your cashier know before checkout that you’re there to support the CAS fundraiser.

You can show them a flyer, pull up a social media post, or simply verbalize your support. Just make sure to do it before you finish paying, and 50 percent of your total  bill will go directly to the Charleston Animal Society.

Over the past few years, the nonprofit has collected a number of awards, including “Best Local Cause,” and being named Lowcountry Profit of the Year. One of the first no-kill shelters in the nation, CAS prides itself on having never turned a local homeless animal away, and works tirelessly for the prevention of cruelty to animal. So go ahead — treat yourself to the guac. It’s for a good cause.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

First taste: Ink N Ivy opens soon on upper King Street

Tattoos not required

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 3:01 PM

The upstairs bar at Ink N Ivy. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
  • Connelly Hardaway
  • The upstairs bar at Ink N Ivy.
On the heels of P&C food writer Hanna Raskin's article, "Ink N Ivy comes to Charleston with middling health inspection record" this morning, I headed to the aforementioned restaurant for a media lunch. While the King Street spot is not open to the public yet — they're still waiting on that pesky liquor license — they are serving up food in a restaurant that we've been assured was recently awarded an "A" grade for upholding S.C. health codes (unlike the Bs and Cs previously passed out to the Greenville and Charlotte, N.C. spots).
Hi there, Ganesh. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
  • Connelly Hardaway
  • Hi there, Ganesh.
Plowing through that not-so-great press Ink N Ivy introduced their third location with all the bells and whistles, including a walk-through tour that sung the praises of the restaurant's decor. You can thank Artisan Rooms Mural Artists from (where else?) Ohio for the various murals, painting, and photos on the walls and ceilings of Ink N Ivy.
  • Connelly Hardaway
  • Woof.
The restaurant is three levels with the second floor mezzanine space reserved for private parties and as a spot for a DJ to set up on weekend nights and Saturday and Sunday brunches. The third floor features a yet-to-be-completed rooftop bar along with an indoor bar and additional seating. The third floor is also home to a pull-down screen for big sports games and the like.
The salmon salad: marinated and wok-charred salmon, seasonal greens, cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, tomatoes, leeks, and house-made croutons, and ginger-jalapeno dressing. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
  • Connelly Hardaway
  • The salmon salad: marinated and wok-charred salmon, seasonal greens, cucumbers, sweet bell peppers, tomatoes, leeks, and house-made croutons, and ginger-jalapeno dressing.
While the menu has yet to be finalized, I got a taste of Ink N Ivy's she-crab soup, salmon salad, and coconut cake. The soup was chock full of crab and the salmon was cooked crispy and flavorful so, so far so good. Oh and the cake was great — that's thanks to local Ashley Bakery, which provides all of Ink N Ivy's desserts, except the whiskey chocolate cake, which they make in house.

Our media mates said the Ivy Pups were tasty — shrimp, andouille, grilled corn, and sweet peppers mixed with cornbread batter with cheddar and jalapeno and smoked poblano cream. - CONNELLY HARDAWAY
  • Connelly Hardaway
  • Our media mates said the Ivy Pups were tasty — shrimp, andouille, grilled corn, and sweet peppers mixed with cornbread batter with cheddar and jalapeno and smoked poblano cream.
Stay tuned for an official Ink N Ivy opening date and learn more about the restaurant online.

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Chef Nate Whiting resurfaces at Ristorante Juliet

He's back

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 11:22 AM

Whiting, pictured in 2012 at Tristan - JONATHAN BONCEK FILE PHOTO
  • Jonathan Boncek file photo
  • Whiting, pictured in 2012 at Tristan
It's been nearly a year since Chef Nate Whiting and 492 parted ways. Whiting, who had been with the The Relish Group, owners of 492, since his time at Tristan (2010-14) helped conceptualize the ambitious renovation of 492 King St. from the crumbling Leon's men's clothing store into the shiny new restaurant. But guests' love of the look of the space wasn't necessarily matched by a love for the menu. 492 received critical reviews from both City Paper and Post & Courier. Whether or not that was the cause of the split, last September Relish Group announced that Whiting was being replaced by Two Boroughs Larder chef and owner Josh Keeler. In an email, Relish Group owner CEO Mark Hendley said, “We are immensely grateful for all of the hard work that Chef Whiting has done for 492 and The Relish Group, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

Not a peep about those plans was heard from the Whiting until now.

Whiting has resurfaced at Italian spot Ristorante Juliet and is now overseeing both that kitchen in addition to owners Liz and Sinan Aktar's Mt. Pleasant Collective Coffee Co.

"He's been a part of our organization for about two weeks," Liz confirmed this morning. "In fact, he's in the kitchen right now."

After a year hiatus, fans of the chef can once again taste his food at Ristorante Juilet for lunch and dinner, Tues.-Sun.
Location Details Ristorante Juliet
Ristorante Juliet
654 King St.
Charleston, SC
(843) 329-7543
Dinner (Tues.-Sun.)
Pizza and Italian

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Black Wood Smokehouse opens today for lunch service in Windemere Shopping Center

Back in black

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Tue, Jul 25, 2017 at 10:07 AM

  • Black Wood Smokehouse Facebook
Sometimes even the crummiest circumstances can work out for the best. In Chef Joseph Jacobson's case, it was his dream to run a barbecue restaurant that got deferred this winter.

After serving as the head chef at Med Eatery and Bar, Jacobson agreed to roll out Aris Newton and Tommy Eiserhardt's Wild Hare Smokehouse (90 Folly Rd.) All appeared to be coming together until just a week into business when, Jacobson says, the owners pulled the plug and locked the doors for good. Newton and Eiserhardt did not return calls for comment, but suffice it to say, the snafu turned out to be an opportunity for Jacobson. He bought the business — ovens and all — and reopens his own concept, Black Wood Smokehouse, today in Windemere Shopping Center.

According to the eatery's Facebook page, Black Wood will feature "house-infused signature beverages, fresh local seafood and produce, and all the smoked meats you can pack in."

The menu is obviously meat-heavy, with offerings of pulled pork, beef brisket, turkey, pastrami, spare ribs, and chuck rolls that can be purchased by the pound. There are also classic Southern sides like tomato pie, grits, and boiled peanuts.

Black Wood Smokehouse opens today from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and next week they'll start up regular service from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Black Wood Smokehouse menu
  • Black Wood Smokehouse menu
Location Details Blackwood Smokehouse
Blackwood Smokehouse
90 Folly Rd.
West Ashley
Charleston, SC
(843) 789-3722

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