"Don't call it a raw bar," executive chef and owner Michael Petrillo says of Lokal, opening on Johns Island next month.
Lokal will indeed house a raw bar, as well as a full bar with a craft cocktail program. But the 110-seat venue, which had a previous life as Rosebank Farms Café before it was taken over by the Crave Catering team, isn't merely a half-shell destination: Petrillo says the restaurant will offer complete lunch and dinner menus.
"It's a big place," Petrillo says. "It's going to be nice."
Reflecting its location on the Bohicket Marina, Lokal will emphasize seafood. According to Petrillo, planned menu items include seafood towers and ceviches, as well as cooked entrees (remember, it's not a raw bar.)
Al Simmons, who served as a regional manager for the Tbonz Restaurant Group, is Lokal's general manager.
While Petrillo had initially aimed to have the restaurant open by May, he says the scope of renovations slowed down the process. "We've been trying for several months now to get it open," he says. Now, final inspections are just days away.
"We're excited," Petrillo says. "It's absolutely beautiful."
The website for Lokal is thus far just a landing page, but lokalseabar.com will presumably feature more information once the restaurant is up and running. Lokal is located at 1886 Andell Bluff Blvd.