The first details of the restaurant planned for the old Cypress restaurant at 167 East Bay St. downtown Charleston have started to emerge.
Tradd Newton of Rockit Hospitality and Fleet Landing says the building is undergoing a complete renovation, erasing evidence of the 90s-style Cypress, which boasted the city’s first million-dollar kitchen.
“There will no longer be the show kitchen protruding into the dining room,” says Newton, who along with his wife and partner Weesie Newton, is collaborating with Workstead, a design group based in Brooklyn and Charleston.
The glass wine wall will disappear behind wood, and the funky lit-up floor and bar on the second floor will be replaced with an open event space that can be configured for a variety of parties and gatherings. The second kitchen upstairs allows for a flexibility that the Newtons don’t have over at Fleet Landing, a restaurant that does a tremendous amount of business despite having a tiny kitchen.
Downstairs, the dining room will be “casually elegant” and feature a champagne bar to go along with a menu of old-school favorites.
Chef Drew Hedlund will move from Fleet over to Tradd’s, where the menu will hew toward American classics. “This is recognizable food that people love to eat,” says Newton. Sous Chef DelJuan Murphy will take over as executive chef at Fleet Landing.
After searching for a second location for years, the Newtons are excited to be on the restaurant row of East Bay Street. “It’s seeing a rebirth,” says Newton. “Upper King Street has gotten so crazy. We scrambled hard to be on Upper King but couldn’t find the right space, and now I’m OK with that. It’s a wonderful area, but I can’t think of anything it needs up there.”
Tradd’s is shooting for a 2018 summer opening. Follow along @Tradds on Instagram and Facebook to watch the progress.