The owner of Mosaic Restaurant + Catering is reviving plans to open a restaurant on the site of the former C.W. Westendorff & Son hardware store at the corner of Warren and St. Phillip streets.
The Westendorff, which will anchor a complex including apartments and banquet space, is likely to serve "a healthier take on breakfast all day, lunch and supper" in a diner-style setting. The project shares an architect with Harold's Cabin, another once-beloved downtown retail institution that's in the process of being transformed into a restaurant.
Although a placeholder website references sandwiches and salads, publicist Annie Byrd Hamnett says owner Steven Niketas is just now hiring a chef and conceptualizing the menu.
Niketas four years ago attempted to open a restaurant in the 1916 building, but the ownership group disbanded for personal reasons. This time around, he's partnering with friend Jamie Westendorff, who purchased the property from his parents in 1985. According to the deal worked out last year, Westendorff - who was under pressure from the neighborhood association, City of Charleston and Historic Charleston Foundation to fix up the three-story building -contributed the real estate, while Niketas contributed financing and development. He also agreed to stay on as the restaurant tenant.
Currently, the building is being stabilized: A walk-through proposed to The Post & Courier was postponed for safety reasons. But Hamnett expects The Westendorff to open by early next year.