WISE COLUMN: New restaurant to open in former antiques shop in downtown Charleston
A former antiques shop on King Street will soon become a new dining establishment in downtown Charleston.
Charming Inns, which operates several boutique lodgings and the Wentworth Street restaurant Circa 1886, plans to open Kitchen 208 in May in the former Carlton Daily Twentieth Century Antiques shop at 208 King St.
The restaurant will serve breakfast and lunch and have an outdoor patio seating area. The menu is being developed by Marc Collins, executive chef at Circa 1886, and his sous chef, Matt Pleasants. Pleasants will take over as chef and manager of Kitchen 208.
Charming Inns also operates Wentworth Mansion, John Rutledge House Inn, Fulton Lane Inn and Kings Courtyard Inn.
Women's clothing and jewelry store Rich Girl Rags is now open at 1890 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley. Stephanie Davis is the owner.
Drift, a new surf-and-travel-inspired clothing, swimwear and jewelry boutique for men and women, opens at 10 a.m. Saturday at 1440 Ben Sawyer Blvd., Suite 1104, in the Bi-Lo-anchored Mount Pleasant Square Shopping Center. Grand opening is 4-8 p.m. It's the product of Russell Robinson and Caroline Hay, who makes jewelry. Both recently ran stores in Hawaii before returning to their home base in the Charleston area.
David's Tuxedos is now open at 7225 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston, according to Phil Rose with Twin Rivers Capital. The 1,300-square-foot formalwear shop across from Target is the fourth in the area. The owner is David Rister.
Mount Pleasant Towne Centre's annual “Spring Clearance Sidewalk Sale” is set for Friday through Sunday. Several stores will participate, including Caché, Claire's, Francesca's Collections, Hairy Winston Pet Boutique, Gymboree, Palmetto Moon and others.
Also, Towne Centre is a park-and-shuttle site for Cooper River Bridge Run participants. Starting at 5 a.m. Saturday, participants can park in select lots to ride a shuttle to the race corrals on Coleman Boulevard. Shuttles will pick up from the sidewalk in front of Gap until 8 a.m. The shuttles will bring participants back to the shopping center from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., dropping off in front of Belk. Select stores will offer specials for participants wearing their race bibs.
This Whole House, a downtown Summerville restaurant at 106 E. Doty Ave., will collect monetary donations for the Wounded Warrior Project during the town's annual Flowertown Festival Friday through Sunday.
It will offer “Rockin' on the Railroad” with live music and local vendors throughout the weekend. Ten percent of the restaurant's weekend proceeds will be donated to the charity.
Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.