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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

HōM will not reopen after closing for pandemic, ending 9-year run on Upper King Street

Farewell old friend

Posted by Parker Milner on Tue, Jun 2, 2020 at 11:46 AM

HōM co-owners Pete Rivas and Pete Smith are closing their burger and pingpong bar after nine years on Upper King Street. Known for unique burgers, happy hour specials and rousing games of table tennis in the back of the restaurant, HōM closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, but will not be reopened.

Upper King Street wasn't filled with bars and restaurants in 2011 like it is now, and places like The Grocery and The Ordinary opened nearby HōM shortly after they jumped onto the scene. Patrons were particularly fond of the "HōM Wrecker," a burger topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon, fig jam and a sunny side up egg.

The restaurant thanked their customers on Instagram.

"Dear HōMies, we want to start by expressing our gratitude to you for always being there for us. We have loved every second of serving up great food & watching you all get crazy on the ping pong tables. We are thankful for the time we have been a part of the wonderful Charleston community."

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Friday, May 29, 2020

The cast of 'Righteous Gemstones' love EO fried chicken, Leon's bathrooms, local soda and more

Spreadin' love on the 'gram

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, May 29, 2020 at 4:21 PM

If you follow members of the cast of HBO hit show Righteous Gemstones — filmed here in Charleston — then you know that actors like Edi Patterson and Anthony Cavalero can often be spotted around town, strolling the beach at Sullivan's Island or visiting popular local restaurants.

The actors have taken to the 'gram lately to voice their support for local businesses and restaurants. Earlier this month, Patterson sang the praises of Leon's Oyster Shop's bathroom. This week Cavalero's Instagram stories feature both a drawer full of Cannonborough Beverage Sodas and a plug for Edmund's Oast's fried chicken.

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Cavalero deemed EO's chicken his "new favorite thang in the whole world."

Last year, actor Scott MacArthur posted a photo from inside Jack's Cosmic Dogs. And we can't forget Danny McBride's day with Kanye West (which included a visit to Tu) or John Goodman wearing a RiverDogs hat at a Yankees game.

McBride lives in Charleston now, running Rough House Pictures with David Gordon Green and Jody Hill. And while the rest of the cast may just visit, they sure make the most of their time in our city.

Filming of season two of Righteous Gemstones is currently on pause because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Sunday: Watch Charleston chef Vinson Petrillo on 'Beat Bobby Flay'

Two-time Chopped champion returns to Food Network

Posted by Parker Milner on Thu, May 28, 2020 at 6:05 PM

Watch Vinson Petrillo on the Food Network this Sunday at 10 p.m. - JONATHAN BONCEK FILE PHOTO
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  • Watch Vinson Petrillo on the Food Network this Sunday at 10 p.m.
This Sunday at 10 p.m., Food Network competition show Beat Bobby Flay will feature Vinson Petrillo, Zero Restaurant + Bar's executive chef.

For those who have not seen the show, there are two rounds, starting with a showdown between the two chefs hoping to face Flay. The chefs are asked to use a secret ingredient of Flay's choosing to be the star of a dish in 20 minutes. The winner then earns 45 minutes to cook their signature dish against the Food Network celebrity chef.

The episode, titled "Summer Lovin'," is the first of the show's 25th season. Although Petrillo could not reveal how he fared against first round opponent and Boston-based chef Kathy Sidell, he did say cooking with the secret ingredient was challenging.

"When I was thinking about a summer ingredient, that's not what I was expecting," Petrillo said.

Petrillo has experience competing on the Food Network after winning Chopped, a three-round culinary battle where chefs must cook using a basket of mystery ingredients. Petrillo also won Chopped Champions, which pitted 16 former champions against one another in a round-robin-style tournament.

Petrillo, who showed up to the New York studio kitchen wearing a flamingo shirt fitting the episode's summer theme, said that competing on this show was different than his previous experience on Chopped

"Compared to Chopped which is tense and serious, we actually had fun." 

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

SC officials expect healthy shrimp season for commercial trawlers in local waters

On your mark, get set, go

Posted by Parker Milner on Wed, May 27, 2020 at 3:49 PM

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As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 27, the commercial shrimp trawling season is open in all legal South Carolina waters, according to a press release from the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

In the release, the SCDNR reported that this start date is in line with the average year and they expect there to be a healthy supply of roe white shrimp, which are typically plentiful in the spring shrimping season.

“Based on field sampling completed by SCDNR biologists earlier in the year, as well as reported landings of shrimp from federal waters and our provisional areas beginning in mid-April, our white shrimp abundance this year should be about average or slightly better in comparison to previous similar years,” said SCDNR Office of Fisheries Management director Mel Bell.

"Provisional areas" were open to local boats on April 15 when the provisional trawling season began. This period allows local shrimpers to take advantage of the offshore harvest while still protecting the larger population that have yet to spawn.

While the coronavirus pandemic disrupted local shrimpers' ability to sell to restaurants, it also gave them the opportunity to add more retail grocery stores as customers. This coupled with the reopening of many Charleston-area restaurants should lead to a high demand for local shrimp during the spring season. 

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Pink Cactus hosting Mansueta's for Filipino pop-up

Get your Filipino fix

Posted by Parker Milner on Wed, May 27, 2020 at 11:20 AM

Mansueta's Filipino pop-up takes place on Monday June 8 - PROVIDED
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Looking for Monday night dinner plans? Head to Pink Cactus on June 8 for a Filipino pop-up featuring Mansueta’s chef and owner Nikko Cagalanan. 100 percent of proceeds will be donated to Mama Kims, which was damaged during last weekend's protests.

Cagalanan, who’s occupied a stall at Workshop since November 2019, said that he and Pink Cactus owner Brooke Warden had never actually met in person before they decided to do the kitchen takeover.
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"She sent me a video of the kitchen and I am basing my menu on the kitchen settings she has," said Cagalanan. After viewing the video, the chef came up with a menu featuring nine dishes. Lumpia, pancit, adobo, dumplings and an ube ice cream sandwich are some of the savory and sweet items guests can expect on Monday when Warden will also be on hand to serve drinks that pair with the chef's menu.

Cagalanan has experience with kitchen takeovers. A week-long stint at Kwei Fei in August 2019 helped the chef gain name recognition prior to his Workshop debut.

The service will start at 4 p.m. and will go until food runs out. The June 1 Pink Cactus pop-up will serve as a precursor to a two-night takeover of 132 Spring on June 10-11. 
Location Details Pink Cactus
Pink Cactus
100A Spring St.
Downtown
Charleston, SC
Tues.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m.- 11 p.m.Sun. 11a.m.- 10 p.m.
Mexican

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