First of several beer gardens planned springs up on East Bay
Bay Street Biergarten, one of a few beer gardens making its way to the Holy City, opened Monday at 549 East Bay St.
The Biergarten has brought life back to a building that was once The Boat House restaurant and later The Rice Market, which closed in 2011.
Biergarten co-owners Laura Patrick, Greg Pierdon and Ryan Workman have converted the space into a rustic Bavarian-style bar complete with communal tables, iron chandelier and self-serve taps. There’s also a bocci ball court on the outdoor patio.
“Charleston is a big beer town, but we noticed that in spite of that, the area was missing a place with that communal feel you see in a traditional biergarten,” Patrick said.
The menu focuses on regionally crafted beer and Bavarian staples like beer-infused soft pretzels. Executive chef Jason Walker said he tried 63 recipes before finding the right one.
Bay Street Biergarten is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday and from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Households aren’t the only ones accommodating extra guests this holiday season. Citadel Mall is making room for Toys ‘R’ Us Express, a pop-up shop in town until the new year.
The temporary store opened Oct. 22 in a 6,000-square-foot space next to Foot Locker.
“We want consumers to be able to find everything on their shopping list at Citadel Mall, and Toys ‘R’ Us Express is a great addition to our array of popular stores,” said Phil Alldredge, general manager of Citadel Mall.
As the West Ashley property faces foreclosure due to a diminishing tenant base, the pop-up may be one of a few attempts to draw more shoppers to the center this holiday season. Hickory Farms soon will open a temporary store, and several holiday kiosks will be added throughout the mall.
Kimbrell’s Furniture is opening its 50th store next month in Goose Creek, the first Lowcountry store for the Charlotte-based furniture retailer.
The company is in the process of redeveloping a 38,000-square-foot space at 202 St. James Ave. Chairman Rigdon Boykin said the plan is to have a soft opening in about three weeks.
Kimbrell’s was established in Columbia in 1915. Nearly a century later, it has grown to 48 stores in the Carolinas and one in Georgia.
“We’re really excited about this location,” Boykin said. “Charleston has younger, more upwardly mobile people that want more color and excitement in their houses, and we’re taking a hard look at that.”
The Goose Creek store will be the prototype for Kimbrell’s future stores, Boykin said.
Separately, Mount Pleasant gained a home-furnishings store as well. Bespoke, which opened earlier this month at 917 Houston Northcutt Blvd., offers artisan decor from local designers. Owner Lisa Davey said she wanted to create a space for artistic pieces that don’t fit the mold of traditional furniture stores.
“In Charleston, there is a great art market, but the galleries carry mostly fine arts, not the functional art that our store carries,” she said. “We recognized the need for a store that sells exclusively one-of-a-kind furnishings and accessories.”
Merchandise includes tables, glassware, handmade linens and more. Many pieces at the store are handmade with recycled materials.
Local artisans will attend a “Meet the Makers” event from 4-7 p.m. Nov. 14 as part of the grand opening festivities.
Firewater Grille in Summerville is reopening Monday after changing ownership and remodeling its storefront at 109 Holiday Drive.
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