Charleston Restaurant News Restaurant Openings

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.

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“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, call 843.937.8666, or follow the restaurant onFacebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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