Now open A peek at the newest food or drink venue Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl

Michael Wiser/StaffMusic is part of the mix at Eclectic, which serves beer, operates a newsstand and sells records.

In keeping with its name, the newest food-and-beverage venue on Spring Street features contributions from a pair of professionals associated with two very different projects.

Timothy Jackson, who served as chef for the short-lived Georgean’s Caribbean Soul, a cramped tropical take-out kitchen on Line Street, is in charge of Eclectic Cafe’s kitchen. His menu starts with a sour orange-pulled pork breakfast sandwich in the morning, and ends with pigeon-fried quail at night.

The wine list was compiled by Barbie Jean H. Messa, who moved to Charleston for a sommelier gig at Eleve, a Grand Bohemian Charleston restaurant. According to Eclectic Cafe owner Garrett Garnos, she’s since left South Carolina.

In addition to food and wine, Eclectic serves beer, operates as a newsstand and sells records. “Old albums can be found next to new albums, classics next to cutting-edge releases,” a pre-opening press release promised. “All albums are carefully graded.” There’s also a listening station.

Prior to launching Eclectic, Garnos ran a pheasant lodge and farmed in his native South Dakota.

Eclectic Cafe, 132 Spring St., is closed Tuesdays, but open every other weekday from 7 a.m.-9 p.m., staying open until 11 p.m. Fridays. It’s open 9 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays. To learn more, visit

Hanna Raskin