It’s been almost three years since Mark and Nancy Oswald bought the franchise rights to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in the Charleston market. By the end of February, they hope to make an announcement.

Nancy Oswald said they’re looking at “a working restaurant” in the city. She declined to say which establishment has caught their eyes, but she noted the ideal location would need be 10,000 square feet and have access to parking.

The Oswalds also own the franchise to existing Ruth’s Chris restaurants in Myrtle Beach, Columbia and Greenville and others out of state.

Branching out

Tasty Thai & Sushi at 350 King St. soon will add a second location. The new restaurant will be at 320 Coleman Blvd., Suite L, near Houston Northcutt Boulevard in Mount Pleasant.

Changing hands

Royal American restaurant at 970 Morrison Drive in Charleston is no longer part of Revolutionary Eating Ventures, according to Karalee Nielsen of REV. A controlling interest has been sold to existing operating partners. The only change patrons may notice is that REV’s loyalty card can no longer be used there.

REV operates Taco Boy, Monza, Closed for Business and Poe’s Tavern.

Lights out

Cesca Ristorante & Trattoria closed over the weekend at 5 Faber St. after less than a year in operation. The 7,100-square-foot restaurant in Charleston is up for sale.

Also Abe’s Oyster House at 713 Coleman Blvd. in Mount Pleasant closed after a nearly five-year run. Its website says to watch for “Scratch” to open in that space.

Nit picking

The first lice treatment center in the Lowcountry using all-natural lice removal services and products will hold its grand opening Tuesday. Lice Beware LLC at 573 Belle Station Blvd. in Mount Pleasant is owned by Emily Linville and Shelly Klimas.


Mount Pleasant Paintball is open at 2637 Clements Ferry Road in Cainhoy. It’s the product of Mount Pleasant Councilman Ken Glasson.

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