The official finale of "Southern Charm" aired last week, but viewers who miss the show can get their virtual Shep Rose fix at The Palace Hotel, a self-consciously divey bar that Rose this month opened with two friends.
("Dive" may be a relative term: Although Rose has lovingly used the phrase in interviews, one of the bar's first Yelp reviews came from local restaurant explorer Pinaki Santra, who deemed it "not a dive at all.")
The nook at 35 Hanover St. still hasn't celebrated its grand opening - problems with the computerized point-of-sale system are responsible for the delay - but The Palace Hotel is already serving cocktails, beer, wine and a selection of glammed-up hot dogs from kitchen consultant Eva Keilty, who made a national splash as Warehouse's opening chef.
Keilty will handle chef duties until new hire Blake Joyal, an alum of New York City restaurants who's now the butcher at FIG, steps into the executive chef role. Joyal will significantly expand the menu: Although Keilty hesitates to use the word "gastropub," she admits that's a fairly good descriptor of what's to come. "He definitely wants to keep the direction we're going in," she says. "We're keeping our price point. We're not going to be the next $19 burger."
Currently available creations include the "Angry Tom," a char siu-glazed sausage topped with kimchi, pickled carrots, curry mayonnaise and nori, and the "Perro Caliente," sporting chipotle queso and guacamole.
The Palace Hotel is open daily from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. It doesn't yet have a web presence, but potential patrons can call 501-4779 for more information.
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