R Kitchen West opens next week

The second location of R Kitchen, scheduled to open on Monday in the former Livelihood Café, will differ from the original on Rutledge Avenue in just one significant way:

“Instead of an 11-foot bar, it’s 23 feet straight down, staring at the kitchen,” chef owner Ross Webb says. “That’s the coolest thing about it.”

Webb is also looking forward to taking advantage of the larger kitchen on Ashley River Road; he’s toying with the idea of developing a box lunch program, but is currently focused on daily meal service. With the opening of R Kitchen West, he’s planning to scale back dinner at the first R Kitchen from three to two seatings.

Raul Sanchez, who served weekday lunches at R Kitchen for a few months this spring, will cook part-time at R Kitchen West. Webb says Sanchez is scouting for a place of his own, but enjoys dabbling in the different cuisines that are part of the R Kitchen prix fixe model. “He’s great at Italian,” Webb says.

In order to keep R Kitchen’s constant experimentation from getting too costly, Webb says both R Kitchens will serve similar five-course menus. At $30, dinner at R Kitchen is regularly praised online as the best restaurant deal in Charleston.

“There will be individual creativity, but I want to keep the price point down,” Webb says.

For more opening details, visit R Kitchen’s Facebook page.

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