The Ordinary, the latest restaurant venture of award-winning chef Mike Lata and business partner Adam Nemirow, opened Wednesday at 544 King St. in downtown Charleston.

The fancy seafood oyster hall in a former Bank of America building built in 1927 is one of the many new projects transforming Upper King Street from boarded-up storefronts and vacant lots to a bustling business district of new hotels, restaurants and retail space.

The meticulouly restored building with a 22-foot ceiling kept the massive bank vault door between the raw bar and the kitchen as a centerpiece.

It is open from 3 to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and closed on Mondays. It seats 103 downstairs and upstairs, including 18 at the full-service bar and six at the raw bar.

The Ordinary brings 40 to 50 new jobs. Lata, a James Beard Foundation-winning chef, and Nemirow also operate F.I.G. at Meeting and Hasell streets in Charleston.

Local flavor

Acme Cantina at 31 J.C. Long Blvd. on Isle of Palms has changed its name to reflect a more local focus. The restaurant is now called Acme Lowcountry Kitchen after executive chef Frank Kline focused on more locally farmed contemporary cuisine instead of Tex-Mex over the past two years, according to co-owner Rodger Tully.

The restaurant, with fresh, local ingredients and a strong presence toward seafood, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily.

New management

Island Overstocks, a discount-goods shop in Mount Pleasant, temporarily closed this week after changing hands, but reopened Wednesday.

Previous owner Tapp Palmer planned to close the warehouse at 1558 Ben Sawyer Blvd. and move to another venture, but frequent customers Kelley and Fred Murray of Daniel Island decided the area needed the store, and bought it to keep the business going.

Existing management will not change. It is open seven days a week, with abbreviated hours on weekends.

Not new, but improved

The McDonald's at 3710 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston has reopened after an extensive remodel and face-lift.

The restaurant overhaul included a new exterior and landscaping, new lighting, contemporary color schemes and new furniture with natural finishes. Ada Washington is the manager.

Through the fire

Bojangles' at 431 St. James Ave. in Goose Creek has reopened after closing in August when a fire from a heat lamp in the packing area torched the building.

The rebuilt location boasts an upgraded interior, including a 3,000-square-foot newly designed dining room that seats nearly 60. It's owned by Charleston residents Kevin and Leslie Archer, through their K-Bo LLC franchise. It's open seven days a week.

Home cooking

Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q now offers a retail line of some of its offerings. Products can be purchased online at and in any of the 29 brick-and-mortar locations around the country, including downtown Charleston on King Street and at Centre Pointe in North Charleston. They include seasonings, sauces, cheese biscuit mix and a gift box.

Blocks of love

If you want to send a small token of sympathy or support to the victims of the school massacre in Connecticut, drop by Wonder Works toy stores in Mount Pleasant and West Ashley from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, purchase a wooden block for $1 and write a personal message on the block to the Newtown community.

The Art Bus Project's mobile studio will be at the St. Andrews Shopping Center toy store in West Ashley with arts and crafts to decorate blocks. Blocks also can be dropped off anytime this week at both toy store locations and at Robert Lange Studios at 2 Queen St. in Charleston. For more information, go to

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