Almost three years after shutting down the hugely popular El Bohio to make way for The Lot, The Pour House’s co-owner Vanessa Harris is bringing back the Cuban restaurant in the form of a food truck.
The new El Bohio, which just received its permit to open tonight, will stay put alongside The Pour House’s deck. Harris says the menu will change frequently, but the opening specials include chorizo empanadas; vegetarian tamales; beans-and-rice and a Cuban sandwich.
“When I closed the restaurant, people were always inquiring, so we decided to do everything,” Harris says, explaining that The Lot will continue to operate as usual. The Lot’s Alex Lira will supply the chorizo and other housemade meats for El Bohio.
“There will be some crossover,” Harris says. “And everything on the truck will be locally sourced, except for what we can’t get, like the avocados and plantains.”
In its first incarnation, El Bohio was helmed by Harris, a Cuban-American with culinary training. This time around, Harris has hired Rebecca Barnett, a cook who lived in Puerto Rico, to run the El Bohio kitchen. Barnett moved to Charleston about six months ago, and took a job at The Lot: Harris says they’ve been talking about the possibility of reopening El Bohio since she arrived.
In 2012, City Paper described El Bohio as the source of “the best Cuban fare Charleston has to offer,” praising its abodo lime shrimp, black bean hummus and mojo sauce.
Currently, El Bohio is scheduled to serve food daily from 4 p.m.-9 p.m. It will also open for the Sunday Brunch Farmers Market on Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, call 571-4343.