Just two months ago chef Robert Carter of Carter's Kitchen in Mount Pleasant said he planned to open a new restaurant called Rutledge Grill and D's Liquor Bar at 1300 Rutledge Ave. in Wagener Terrace on Charleston's upper peninsula.

He also said actor Bill Murray was not a partner in the project.

Earlier this week, he said Murray still is not a partner though other published reports say otherwise. He also said the restaurant's name has changed. It's now Rutledge Cab Company and it should open later this month.

Murray's managing partner is Brad Creger. It also has been reported by others that RiverDogs president Mike Veeck is in on the project, but Carter said Veeck is not a partner either, though both Murray and Veeck have had input in the concept, he added.

Now, Carter is ready to open, hoping to start offering charcoal-grilled steaks and seafood, grilled pizzas and wings, signature desserts, throwback cocktails and craft beer later this month in the retro restaurant that once served as a gas station and D's Grocery at the corner of Rutledge Avenue and Mount Pleasant Street.

The 3,200-square-foot space seats 70 indoors and 80 on the patio. It includes 45 parking spaces and a bike rack. It will be open daily 10:30 a.m.-1 a.m. The restaurant also will be open at 8 a.m. for breakfast and brunch on weekends in January. The website is www.rutledgecabco.com.

Banking on it

The Ordinary, a full-service restaurant with a focus on seafood, plans to open the week of Dec. 17 at 544 King St. in a former bank. A more specific opening date will be announced after some final city inspections.

With the massive vault door still in place, the oyster bar is the latest venture of chef Mike Lata and Adam Nemirow in the rapidly redeveloping upper King Street corridor.

Short shelf life

Revolutionary Eating Ventures' latest restaurant concept didn't go over so well.

Less than five weeks after opening Izakaya Ramen, REV announced this week that the noodle bar at 298 King St. has permanently closed. It opened Oct. 29 after undergoing a face-lift and new menu. It was formerly Izakaya Hiro, a sushi bar.

REV's other restaurants, which have done very well, include Taco Boy, Monza, Closed for Business, Poe's Tavern and The Royal American.

The skinny

A new tattoo studio could soon be on its way to Mount Pleasant over the town's objections.

Charleston County's Board of Zoning Appeals signed off on the new Blu Gorilla Tattooshop earlier this week, paving the way for it to open on an unincorporated lot at 1465 Stuart Engals Blvd. It will be behind Skin Therapy Center. Applicants were Tim Dennis and Alyx Baranow, who have another shop in Charleston.

Because the site is not inside city limits, the town could not control its use. Mount Pleasant allows tattoo parlors only in light industrial zoning districts that are not within 1,000 feet of a church, school, playground or residential property. The town objected because it is too close to residential uses.

Page turner

“That Holiday Book Sale” is set for Friday and Saturday at Mount Pleasant Regional Library at 1133 Mathis Ferry Road.

Books, CDs, DVDs and rare collectibles will be on sale during the event sponsored by Charleston Friends of the Library. It runs 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

Children's books start at 50 cents. Other paperback books, CDs and DVDs will start at $1. Hardback books will start at $3. Money raised supports library services, equipment, training, materials and public programming. Admission is free.

For more information, go to www.CharlestonLibraryFriends.org.


Harbor Specialties embroidery, engraving and gift shop has moved. It's now open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 893 Houston Northcutt Blvd. in Patriots Plaza shopping center in Mount Pleasant. The shop at 190 E. Bay St. will remain open until Monday.

Whopper of a deal

To honor the 55th Anniversary of the iconic Whopper, Burger King is offering a deal. Go to any participating Burger King restaurant nationwide today through Sunday and get an Original Whopper for 55 cents, when you purchase any other Whopper.

Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.