After eight years serving its French fare in downtown Charleston, La Fourchette is closing its doors on 432 King St. this week. The space has been sold to Hall Hospitality Group, which owns Halls Chophouse and Rita’s Seaside Grille and hasn’t announced its plans for the new acquisition.

Perig Goulet, chef and owner of La Fourchette, said he’s taking a hiatus from the restaurant scene, but Charleston hasn’t seen the last of him.

“This is a nice opportunity for me to explore my ideas about Charleston dining, especially for the locals who have been so kind to me,” he said. “I will be back. Bonsoir y’all.”

In La Fourchette’s absence, diners can get a taste of the French bistro’s style when Egan & Sons opens in a few weeks in the building that formerly housed Moes Downtown Tavern at 5 Cumberland St.

Owner Christopher Egan hired former La Fourchette chef Kyle Yarborough as executive chef of the Irish restaurant and pub.

“I thought the rustic bistro cooking Kyle has done would go very well with our idea of straight-from-the farmhouse, country Irish food,” Egan said. “I’ve let him run with his creative side, and I think it’s a good fit.”

Egan and his family own two other Egan & Sons restaurants around his home town of Montclair, N.J. He said he remodeled the former Moe’s to highlight its rustic character.

“It’s definitely going to be a fun place to meet, eat and drink,” he said.

A specific opening date hasn’t been nailed down, but Egan said he hopes to open in about two weeks.


A discount furniture store is opening in North Charleston this week, another sign of the local housing rebound. American Freight Furniture and Mattress will make its South Carolina debut today at 4750 Goer Drive, near Montague Ave. and Interstate 26.

The Ohio-based chain has 85 other locations across the country. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Also on the discount front, Dollar General will hold a grand opening Saturday to celebrate its newest North Charleston store at 4741 Rivers Ave. The first 50 shoppers to show up at the 8 a.m. opening will win $10 gift cards. The next 200 shoppers will win tote bags and other prizes.

My Gym Charleston Children’s Fitness Center opens Thursday in Mount Pleasant’s Towne Centre Shoppes. The kids fitness club at 1113 Market Center Blvd. offers programs backed by developmental research for children ages 6 months to 13 years old.

Special rates will be offered throughout the grand opening weekend to those who pre-register online at

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No more excuses to put off date night. Mount Pleasant Towne Centre is making couples’ outings more affordable with dinner-and-a-movie packages.

On Mondays, the price of dinner at Burtons Grill, P.F. Chang’s or Grimaldi’s Pizzeria includes movie tickets to nearby Palmetto Grande Cinema, which can be used any night of the week.

“We are continually trying to get people to recognize Towne Centre as a family-friendly destination, and we thought this would be a great way to get families out on Mondays,” said Erin Engebritson, marketing manager with Towne Centre.

The three restaurants offer varying deals. At Burtons, couples can choose two entrees, a bottle of wine and two movie tickets for $50. P.F. Chang’s offers a three-course meal and a ticket for $25 per person.At Grimaldi’s, $35 buys a large pizza, dessert and two movie tickets.

“It really is a good deal. It’s hard to beat,” Engebritson said.

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