Thursday, June 15, 2017

Monarch Wine Merchants opens on upper King Street

Pour one out for North Central

Posted by Mary Scott Hardaway on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 11:19 AM

And just like that, we've got ourselves a wine shop. Hope you'll stop by tomorrow on opening day! #charleston

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Former GM of The Ordinary Justin Coleman has announced that Monarch Wine Merchants, located at 1107 King St. next to The Harbinger, will officially open its doors this Sat. at 11 a.m.

The space was designed by Coleman's wife, Sarah, and is "rooted in 1970s/early '80s California modernism" with an aesthetic that's "super neutral, sophisticated, laid back with a dash of Scandinavian influence."
As we reported in March, Coleman's hope is to have the wine store be casual and unpretentious.

"Everything on the shelf will be stuff I love to drink myself, and have been vetted through a tasting process, my knowledge, and my staff's knowledge. If you have any questions, we'll have an intelligent answer for you," he says. "My palate tends to veer toward the Old World, mostly European domains from small, family operated wineries, usually multi-generational. I'm a sucker for the old school notion of a winery being run by a family or young couple with small production and definitely a penchant for a lot of natural wine. I don't want to pigeonhole myself and don't want to seem trendy or trite, but those are wines I tend to veer towards, not only on a political scale but also on a tasty scale."

Monarch will also offer tastings, wine classes, and events in the back. The store hours will be Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sun. & Mon. noon-5 p.m.
Location Details Monarch Wine Merchants
Monarch Wine Merchants
1107 King St. Suite B
Charleston, SC
Tues.-Sat. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.Sun. & Mon. 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

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Revelry Brewing Co. releases Up Sh*m Creek lager exclusively for Red's and Tavern and Table

Meet your summer boat beer

Posted by Chris Mottram on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 10:59 AM

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Three area establishments have joined forces to create a truly local experience: A beer brewed in Charleston created specifically for warm weather drinking on Shem Creek.

Next week, Revelry Brewing is releasing Up Sh*m Creek, an India Pale Lager that will be sold in 12-ounce cans and on draft exclusively at Red’s Ice House and Tavern & Table. The beer is a pilsner-style lager that is dry-hopped with loads of citra creating a crisp and light beer that comes in at 5 percent ABV.

The collaboration started when Skipper Kress, the beverage director at Red's, decided he wanted a locally brewed “summer boat beer” to be sold at the restaurant. Tavern & Table, which has the same owners as Red’s, also wanted in on the project.

“The challenge was figuring out how to make the perfect beer for both restaurants,” Revelry’s Sean Fleming said. “Skipper wanted the approachable summer option that oozed local craft. Jeff Condon from Tavern & Table wanted to make sure that the beer wasn't predictable stylistically, but still fit the bill as the go-to summer crusher.”

Revelry’s head brewer, Ryan Coker, had already been playing around with an India Pale Lager, and after some tweaks Up Sh*m Creek was born.

For the design for the brewery’s first ever 12-ounce can, Fleming said the goal was to create something that “encompassed the soul and classic feel of Shem Creek.” The result is an image of a shrimp boat running aground, created by Revelry’s “director of doodles” Chris Kemp.

There will be a release party for the beer at Red’s on June 22 from 5-8 p.m. with live music and the team from Revelry on site.
Location Details Red's Ice House
Red's Ice House
98 Church St.
Mt. Pleasant
Mt Pleasant, SC
(843) 388-0003
Lunch & Dinner
Seafood, Bar and Music Venue
Location Details Tavern & Table
Tavern & Table
100 Church St.
Mt. Pleasant, SC
(843) 352-9510
Lunch & Dinner
Modern American

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SOL Southwest Kitchen and Tequila Bar Downtown unlocks its doors Thursday

Sol searching

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 10:45 AM

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  • Carnitas Napoleon
Meeting Street has a new restaurant as of 5 p.m. tonight. Sol Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar opens its third restaurant at 385 Meeting St.

According to a press release, the sister property of Summerville and Mt. Pleasant's Sol restaurants will feature "a large indoor dining room, indoor/outdoor bar, and spacious patio," and sit next to the Visitor's Center Bus Shed.

Sol owners David Clark, Andy Palmer, and Joe Sciortino opened their original location in Mt. Pleasant in 2013 in the the old Crab House on Hwy. 17. While CP critic Robert Moss gave it a less than glowing review in 2014, that hasn't stopped Mt. P-ers from packing the place nightly which might have something to do with the bar.

Sol boasts a 60 bottle list of 100 percent agave tequila in addition to hand-crafted cocktails prepared with "juices squeezed fresh daily."

Get a look at the new downtown location beginning tonight.

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See Callie's Hot Little Biscuits on 'Beach Bites with Katie Lee' Thursday

Working on our biscuit beach bod

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 10:01 AM

Catch HLB on @cookingchannel's Beach Bites with @katieleekitchen episode 3: Beachside Breakfast! Tune in June 15th at 10!

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Tonight frequent food TV guest Carrie Morey of Calllie's Hot Little Biscuits will make an appearance on Cooking Channel's Beach Bites with Katie Lee tonight.

According to the Cooking Channel's website, Beach Bites is a program all about island hopping in search of good eats with, apparently, geographical exceptions for peninsulas.

This week's episode takes host Lee on a hunt for a quality beachgoer's breakfast and a stop in Charleston. As a synopsis for the show states online: 
"Katie Lee finds the best coffee and papaya bowl Oahu's North Shore has to offer. While in Honolulu, Katie teams up with friend and acclaimed chef, Lee Anne Wong for her Koco Moco, a modern version of the classic Hawaiian breakfast, Loco Moco. Did someone say hash? Katie introduces viewers to Gulfport, Florida and to the best-selling Corn Beef Hash. On the menu in Charleston is a Country Ham Biscuit. Leave it to San Diego to liven things up with a batch of Dirty Chai Pancakes. And of course, no breakfast hunt is complete without a plate of Shrimp & Grits. It's no wonder breakfast is the most important meal of the day!"
The show airs on the Cooking Channel tonight at 10 p.m. to catch Charleston's beloved biscuits on the small screen.

Also, keep an eye out on Sat. at 4:30 p.m. for a possible cameo from Smoke BBQ on Beach Bites with Katie Lee. While Grilled & Que'd episode doesn't explicitly name the restaurant, it does say "Katie goes to Charleston for Burnt Ends" and we know she filmed at the King Street restaurant back in February.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Park Cafe ending dinner service, shifting to just breakfast and lunch

Make a reservation for June 24

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 4:02 PM

Park Cafe's final dinner service will be June 24. - PROVIDED
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  • Park Cafe's final dinner service will be June 24.
If there was ever a local restaurant with loyal regulars, Park Cafe (730 Rutledge Ave.) is it. Stop by before 9 a.m. and you'll see the bar stools seated with the same people who join each other every morning, shooting the breeze and catching up on the day's news over cappuccinos and the Cafe's beloved avocado toast. Roll in around lunch a few days a week, and you'll likely catch familiar faces munching on smoked chicken salad and honey poached turkey. Not surprisingly, happy hour is the exact same. Regulars have designated seats they grab at the bar for pre-dinner drinks that many enjoy there multiple nights a week. So if you're one of those regulars, you might want to sit down to read this next part: Park Cafe is no longer going to offer dinner.

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  • Mushroom Banh Mi
"After three years, we've just realized that our business is really breakfast and lunch," says Xan McLaughlin, Park Cafe's operating partner. While the Wagener Terrace and North Central neighborhoods make up the bulk of Park Cafe's patrons, McLauglin thinks that many still associate a big dinner out with King Street, which may have hurt the cafe's dinner numbers over the years. McLaughlin adds that he knows the news will make some people sad, but he reassures Park Cafe's loyal followers that their favorite local hangout isn't going anywhere. There will, however, be some additional changes.

For one, McLaughlin is going back into the kitchen where he'll join new Executive Chef Pat Gottschall, who has been with the Park Cafe’s kitchen staff since it opened. After years of working the business end of things, McLaughlin is excited to return to his cooking roots.

Another change — without dinner service, wine director Michael Morris is also leaving the property. On the flipside, McLaughlin says the new hours (Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-3 p.m.;
Sat. and Sun., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.) open up opportunities for Park Cafe. "We're going to be available for a lot more events now," he says. Without dinner service he adds that the restaurant can now do more wedding rehearsal dinners and parties with the addition of a tent in the cafe's parking lot.

Park Cafe will also continue its monthly Neighborhood Dinners with the next one slated for August.

"Those are served family style and will happen once a month," says McLaughlin. "They'll be three-courses and people will be able to start making reservations about a month in advance." To begin, the Neighborhood Dinners will largely feature old favorites from Park Cafe's past menus, then ease into a variety of meals — for example a Lowcountry boil in the fall. "We'll mix it up," McLauglin adds.

Park Cafe's final dinner will be served on June 24. 
Location Details The Park Cafe
The Park Cafe
730 Rutledge Ave.
Charleston, SC
(843) 410-1070
Breakfast, Lunch, Weekend Brunch
Cafés and Breakfast

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