It started out as a food truck, serving up fresh fried fish and shrimp and building a reputation one basket at a time. Now Roadside Seafood is poised to open its second brick-and-mortar location.
Managing partner Richard Perrine says they've been looking for a spot for a while now and were happy to find the former Chez Fish building on Betsy Kerrison Parkway, just outside the gates to Kiawah and Seabrook islands. "It fits our downhome style," says Perrine.
The menu is classic fish camp with lots of fried offerings, including gator tail and frog legs. They also have a banging she-crab soup, as Hanna Raskin described a few years back: "The soup bears little resemblance to the flavorless, overworked bowls of thick cream that have caused plenty of Charleston eaters to dismiss the dish as tourist pap. It's almost more of a chowder than a bisque, crammed with picked crab and flecked with onion and celery."
Perrine says they will keep the same menu with plans to add more house specialties at the new location.
Roadside started out with Sean Mendes as the public face, but Perrine says his stepson and business partner has stepped out of the operations of Roadside in order to focus on his other restaurants Gillie's Soul Food and Blue's Cajun Kitchen.
In the meantime, Perrine says they're working 24 hours a day to get the new Roadside up and running and is hoping that will be in about four weeks. "Of course, you have to wait on DHEC and the fire marshall and these things are not in your control," he says.
They are currently hiring all positions.