Tattooed Moose moving earth to get Johns Island location open

The Thanksgiving Sammy at the Tattooed Moose. Grace Beahm/Staff

Almost one year after announcing plans to open a location on Johns Island, Tattooed Moose is still breaking ground.

“We are in the process of laying some pretty massive pipes underground, and in order to do it perfectly, we had to dig a pretty deep hole,” restaurant spokeswoman Julia Heckman says of the upheaval surrounding the new building at 3328 Maybank Highway.

Heckman declined to elaborate on the current scope of work, instead providing a quote from owner Jen Kulick: “Everybody that needs to know, knows, and everybody that needs to be working on it is.”

While construction is proceeding “as quickly as possible,” Heckman says there is no scheduled opening date at this point. The restaurant was initially projected to open by this summer; a company webpage dedicated to the Johns Island location still reads “See you Spring 2015!”

Unlike the downtown location of the popular sandwich shop, the Johns Island restaurant will feature an on-site smokehouse and outdoor bar, according to preliminary press materials. The menu, including the Moose’s celebrated duck fat fries, will carry over from Charleston.