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The Darling Oyster Bar Opens Today!

February 25, 2016

It’s official: King Street has a new oyster bar! The Darling, the long-anticipated oyster bar that took over the spot where Union Provisions used to be, will officially open their doors at4pm today (Thursday 2/25).

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Guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis, and kitchen hours are Sunday through Thursday, 4:00 p.m. – 10 p.m; Friday through Saturday, 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. (kitchen will serve until 11:00 pm).the-darling-menu-shot

The Darling aims to be more of a neighborhood spot (which means you won’t have to sell your firstborn to get some oysters, unlike another King St. raw bar I can think of *coughtheordinarycough*). Here’s a preview of the menu:


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We’ll see if they can live up to my (and everyone else’s) expectations!

 

Charleston Restaurant News Restaurant Openings

5Church Opens Friday November 20th

November 19, 2015

5Church Charleston is scheduled to open on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 in an historic old church (Church of the Redeemer and Harriott Pinckney House) in downtown’s bustling Market Street district.  Offering New-American cuisine, creative craft cocktails and visually-stunning décor, 5Church Charleston will be open for dinner, lunch and brunch. The restaurant’s elaborate, modern décor features awe-inspiring stained glass windows, a white concrete bar, black leather banquettes, eye-catching chandeliers, large-scale pop-art and hand-painted written verbiage of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” on the church ceiling.

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5Church Charleston’s executive chef, Jamie Lynch, will be at the helm, dishing out 5Church menu favorites such as the famed “60 Second” NY Strip Steak and5Church Lamb Burger with red onion marmalade and gorgonzola fondue, along with new, locally sourced dishes unique to the Charleston restaurant. A 150-bottle wine list curated by an in-house certified sommelier and a selection of specialty cocktails and craft beers will complement Lynch’s menu.


Charleston Grand Opening Weekend Fri Nov 20 2015

5Church Charleston will seat 170 guests with an outdoor patio and bar area, as well as a private dining room available for events. 5Church Charleston is located at 32B North Market St., near the corner of East Bay Street. Complimentary valet parking will be offered for all 5Church Charleston guests.

I’ll be going for dinner tonight, so I’ll let you know what I think! 

Charleston Restaurant News Restaurant Openings

Darling Oyster Bar

November 18, 2015

The Darling Oyster Bar, set to open at 513 King Street this winter (aka the old Union Provisions location), has named Joe DiMaio as Chef for the casual neighborhood restaurant.

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DiMaio honed his culinary skills at numerous renowned Charleston-area restaurants, including the Old Village Post House and the Ocean Room at the Sanctuary Hotel. That career path has exposed him to classic styles of cooking, which will be showcased on The Darlings yet-to-be-released menu. 


DiMaio counts among his mentors Chef Frank Lee (Post House), and The Darling Oyster Bar’s consultant, Nate Thurston, with whom he worked at the Ocean Room. Most recently DiMaio was Executive Chef at Stars, where he enjoyed participating in a restaurant from concept to opening and beyond. DiMaio earned his culinary degree from the Art Institute of Charleston. 

In helping to craft The Darlings culinary story, DiMaio emphasizes that a chefs ability to adapt is critical; creating meals that delight guests consistently and with creativity “will help The Darling live up to its moniker as something near and dear to the heart,” he said.

Follow The Darling‘s progress on Facebook and Instagram.

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5Church Opening in Charleston

October 19, 2015

5Church Charleston is scheduled to open Fall 2015 in a historic old church (Church of the Redeemer and Harriet Pickney House) in downtown’s bustling Market Street district.  Offering New-American cuisine, creative craft cocktails and visually-stunning décor, 5Church Charleston will be open for dinner, lunch and brunch. The restaurant’s award-winning food, top-rate service and nationally-acclaimed design will mimic its sister property in Charlotte, N.C., which opened in 2012.

What happened to 1-2-3-and-4Church?

What happened to 1-2-3-and-4Church?

“Our team’s desire to do business in Charleston pre-dates 5Church’s existence in Charlotte,” says Owner Patrick Whalen. “We chose Charleston because we want 5Church to be counted amongst the culinary elite and for anyone living in the Southeast, Charleston is the stronghold for great restaurants.”

5Church Charleston’s elaborate, modern décor features awe-inspiring stained glass windows, a white concrete bar, black leather banquettes, eye-catching chandeliers and large-scale pop-art. The crown jewel of the restaurant’s interior is the hand-painted written verbiage of Sun Tzu’s “The Art of War” in its entirety on the church’s ceiling. 5Church Charleston will seat 200 guests with an outdoor patio and bar area, as well as a private dining room available for events.


Jamie Lynch, who is both a partner and the restaurant’s executive chef, boasts an impressive culinary background including Le Cirque, Aureole and Café Boulud, as well as Blue and Barrington’s in Charlotte. Since opening 5Church in Charlotte, he has been recognized as Charlotte Magazine’s Best Chef for the past three consecutive years. The 5Church Charleston menu will feature many 5Church favorites such as the famed “60 Second” NY Strip Steak and 5Church Lamb Burger with red onion marmalade and gorgonzola fondue, along with new, locally sourced dishes unique to the Charleston restaurant. A 150-bottle wine list curated by an in-house certified sommelier and a selection of specialty cocktails and craft beers will complement Lynch’s menu.

“Our success at 5Church has been built on addressing the three critical components of dining out: ambiance, service and food,” says Owner and Marketing Director Alejandro Torio, who along with Whalen and Lynch, recently moved to Charleston to operate the restaurant locally. “5Church offers a very high level of all three of these factors, blending unique and creative interiors, top-notch cuisine and exceptional service to create an elevated culinary experience for diners.”

5Church Charleston is located at 32 N. Market Street, near the corner of East Bay Street. For more information, please visit www.5churchcharleston.com, call 843.937.8666, or follow the restaurant onFacebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Restaurant Openings

Belgian Gelato Opens in Mount Pleasant

September 28, 2015

One of Charleston’s famous treats can now be found in Mount Pleasant. Belgian Gelato opened its doors last week to its third location in the Lowcountry, with a café style twist at 776 South Shelmore Boulevard.

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I love me a good crepe!

Belgian Gelato Café, a family owned and run business, was created around a passion for gelato, and inspired by Belgian Chocolates. The cafe has elements of an old fashioned ice cream/soda fountain shop from the‘50s while incorporating an entirely new concept- Gelato on Draft. This Gelato Draft technique is the absolute freshest most flavorful way to serve gelato. Guests have described the atmosphere as reminiscent of “the good old days.”

Mmm...dessert waffles

Mmm…dessert waffles

The owner Hugo Heule has put his heart and soul into Belgian Gelato Cafe. He
has stated, “the style and amenities of this location, will be exclusively offered in
Mount Pleasant.” Hugo’s goal is that Mount Pleasant residents will enjoy this
unique neighborhood spot. Hugo spent considerable time in the gourmet food
service industry throughout Europe and studying the art of gelato making in Italy.
Hugo and his family relocated from Belgium to Charleston for the sole purpose of
opening Belgian Gelato.

Like a 50's diner! But with waffles!

Like a 50’s diner! But with waffles!


Starting bright and early each morning, the café opens with a breakfast menu that
features Brussels Waffles, Breakfast Crepes, Craft Coffee, and Freshly Squeezed
Orange Juice. Family Happy Hour is 5pm – 7pm with specials for both kids and
adults. Snacks such as Belgian Toasti Sandwiches, Sweet and Savory Crepes,
and Kids Size Gelato are on special. Adults can enjoy beer, wine, and alcoholic
beverages combined with fresh gelato for extraordinary desserts. Belgian Gelato
Café is both easy take-out and full-service with lots of seating inside and a large
shady (dog friendly) patio outside. This new exciting spot is open:

Monday – Thursday 7:30am – 9:00pm
Friday – Saturday 7:30am – 11:00pm
Sunday 9:00am – 9:00pm.

Since opening Belgian Gelato Café has received a warm welcome from locals,
with rave reviews from customers. Belgian Gelato Café is an expanded concept
from the two Belgian Gelato Shops downtown, which have been popular spots for
tourists and locals since opening in 2011. The Heule Family welcomes the people
of Mount Pleasant and all visitors to enjoy this new Cafe concept by Belgian
Gelato.

Restaurant Openings

Cove Oyster Bar & Grille Opening in North Charleston

September 27, 2015
Barbeque Shrimp & Chargrilled Oysters from Cove Oyster Bar & Grille

Barbeque Shrimp & Chargrilled Oysters from Cove Oyster Bar & Grille

Charleston Hospitality Group has announced plans to open Cove Oyster Bar & Grille Sept. 29, 2015. Offering a casual, family-friendly dining experience, the restaurant will take up residence in North Charleston, featuring live entertainment and Lowcountry cuisine served with a New Orleans flair for dinner, weekend lunches and Sunday brunch.

Chef Keith Haynes, who moved to Charleston and gained experience in a number of prominent New Orleans restaurants, has created a Cajun-inspired menu of fresh-caught seafood, hand-cut steaks and signature nightly specials. In addition to a bounty of oysters prepared over a half a dozen different ways including Rockefeller, Bienville and Hot Shucks, Cove Oyster Bar & Grille will offer menu favorites like Dynamite Shrimp, Charleston She Crab Soup, Cajun Catfish, Crab Cakes, Alligator Tail, Filet Mignon, Ribeye and classic Beignets for dessert.

Chef Haynes will also feature special nightly promotions such as All You Can Eat Crab Legs and bar snacks for Monday Night football, a Lowcountry Boil on Thursdays and Sea Bass and Red Fish on the weekends. Sunday Brunch diners can satisfy morning cravings with hearty offerings like Seafood Crepes, Eggs Benedict, Steak & Eggs and Country Ham and Biscuits with house-made gravy. Cove Oyster Bar & Grille will also be the premier spot for friends and families to relax on the weekends for game day, with six large-screen TVs and a bar menu complete with frozen drinks, martinis, mimosa pitchers and Bloody Mary’s.


Cove Oyster Bar & Grille will be open Monday – Friday from 4 – 10 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m.10 p.m.

Restaurant Openings

Vintage Coffee Opens in Mt. Pleasant

September 11, 2015

Today is the grand opening of Vintage Coffee Cafe in Mt. Pleasant! Grand opening festivities start at 7:00 a.m. with FREE cups of drip coffee (yum!) and they’ll be open till 10:00 p.m., offering half-price bottles of wine. Bring the whole family, as there is a newly refurbished playground truck on premises, plenty of parking, and kids eat free today (9/11)!

By "drip coffee" do they mean an IV of caffeine I shoot directly into my veins? Because some days, that feels like what I need.

By “drip coffee” do they mean an IV of caffeine I shoot directly into my veins? Because some days, that feels like what I need.

Vintage Coffee will serve a variety of espresso, coffee, chai and tea beverages and breakfast all day (from 7:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.); lunch will be offered from 11:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.  Signature menu items like the Vintage Breakfast Sandwich, Cinnamon Bun French Toast, Roasted Vegetable Hash, Curried Chickpea Sandwich, Grown-up Grilled Cheese, all of which are sure to become local favorites! The coffee shop will serve beer and wine and will feature upscale tapas style menu on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Open for (caffeine) business.

Open for (caffeine) business.

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