Genevieve Mashburn at The Getaway

Managing partner Genevieve Mashburn takes a seat at the bar at The Getaway, which is now open in the former home of King Dusko arts space at 541 King Street. Wade Spees/Staff Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

The Getaway’s founding partner Genevieve Mashburn has split with the upper King Street bar after just two months in business.

Mashburn cited “irreconcilable creative differences” as the reason for her departure.

When Mashburn first announced The Getaway, she told Charleston City Paper that she envisioned an “elevated cabana bar” for the former King Dusko space.

She and partner Kirk Heidenreich hired Emily Hahn as chef; although the one-time Top Chef contestant was last stationed at Warehouse, her background as proprietor of an empanada operation is what endeared her to The Getaway’s owners, who hoped to cultivate a South American vibe.

“We're just two chicks doing rad stuff and giving it our all,” City Paper quoted Hahn as saying.

Hahn replied to a text message from The Post and Courier, saying "We are going to embrace the heart of what Genevieve wanted this place to have, and continue to cook with heart and make delicious drinks for our guests." Heidenreich later e-mailed a statement reiterating Hahn's message.

“I really have so much love and hope for the place,” says Mashburn, who worked for Brooks Reitz and Tim Mink’s Neighbourhood group before striking out on her own. “After pouring every ounce of myself into the launch, I hope for future success for the business.”

Although Mashburn declined to elaborate on the aesthetic disagreements that turned her dream into “a negative situation,” she concluded by wishing “chef Emily and all of the staff the best of luck.”

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