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Breeanna Balascio serves bar patrons. The cocktail menu, created by Rob DeLeo, features Virgil Kaine products.

The Watch

You may not yet have noticed The Watch, but its customers may have noticed you.

As the name suggests, the dining room on the seventh floor of the newly renovated Restoration on King (now known as The Restoration) is among the highest restaurants and bars in downtown Charleston. Its website promises a “panorama of Charleston’s architectural history, from iconic church steeples to the buildings that inspired Edgar Allan Poe.”

The hotel’s representatives in November told The Post and Courier that Poe in turn inspired the restaurant.

Judging from chef Chad Anderson’s menu, the star-crossed author’s ability to subsist for weeks at a time on bread and molasses wasn’t a major influence. The Watch is serving hamchi crudo, pork shoulder agnolotti, roasted chicken and ratatouille, among other boutique dishes. Prices range from $6 for “pickles of the moment” to $27 for steak frites with local blue cheese fondue.

Rob DeLeo created the cocktail menu, which features Virgil Kaine products.

Located at 75 Wentworth St., The Watch is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. daily. For more information, call 843-518-5115 or visit

Hanna Raskin