Jestine’s Kitchen is closed for unanticipated renovations, according to the restaurant’s outgoing voicemail message.
“We are closed right now for renovations, thank you very much,” the speaker says. “I’m very sorry. It was out of my control.”
It’s unclear exactly when and why the restaurant suspended service, but tipster @KeeneDawg reports hearing Jestine’s “closed yesterday in the middle of the day.” (Lunch service apparently began as usual: I swung by the restaurant around noon yesterday to shoot a picture of the line for a Seattle food writer planning a Charleston trip and wondering if Jestine’s was worth a stop.)
According to a staffer at the fire department across the street, there were no obvious signs of trouble at the restaurant prior to the closure.
Restaurants sometimes close their doors abruptly in response to a code violation or equipment malfunction. While city and county records covering citations issued yesterday weren’t immediately available, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s website shows the restaurant received an “A” on its June 19, 2013 inspection, scoring 96 points out of a possible 100.
Stay tuned to Raskin Around for further updates.