Chew on This: Restaurant News

Chef Jeremiah Bacon and his restaurant The Macintosh are up for multiple James Beard awards.

Grace Beahm

Good neighbors

Ben Berryhill and Charlie Chance of Red Drum Restaurant and Next Door restaurant were awarded the Kris Basala Person of the Year Award in recognition of their $100,000 fundraising efforts to benefit Operation Home, a local organization that helps low-income residents stay in their homes in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

Award season

The James Beard Foundation Awards have announced the semifinalists for this year's competition. Best New Restaurant: The Macintosh; Outstanding Chef: Sean Brock. Best Chef Southeast: Jeremiah Bacon, Craig Deihl, Ken Vedrinski. The finalists will be announced May 7 in New York.

3 hats for McKee

Chef Brett McKee has joined Charleston Hospitality Group as chef, consultant and catering adviser. The group owns Eli's Table, Tabbuli Grill, Toast and a catering division.

A new moniker

Giuseppe's Pizza and Pasta is changing its name to Steel City Pizza because the "new moniker is easier to say and spell," according to its Facebook page. The owners grew up in the Pittsburgh area. They also expect to open a second location at 8600 Dorchester Road this month.

New lease, venue

Brothers Henry and Chai Eang closed Chai's Lounge and Tapas Bar last week and will lease the space to a new group that plans an expansion of the restaurant space and conversion of a one-story warehouse behind it into a bar and music venue.

Gracious goodness

Rick Burton, chief concierge at Charleston Place hotel, has been honored as the 2012 Statewide Hospitality Employee of the Year.

TedFest a fiesta

Ted's Butcherblock is heading South of the Border for its annual TedFest celebration, featuring a full day of fiesta-themed food, beer and live music. TedFest eats include carnitas, a gourmet taco bar, house-made tamales and sides, available for $12. There also will be $4 craft beer on tap. And to round off the fun, there will be a pinata filled with giveaways and goodies. This event runs noon-5 p.m. Saturday. Ted's is at 334 East Bay St. Entry to TedFest is free. www.tedsbutcherblock.com or 577-0094.

Pastry power

Pastry chef Vinzenz Aschbacher (formerly at Charleston Grill) has opened Whisk Bakery at 209 Meeting St. On the menu: handmade pastries, bagels, flat breads and sandwiches. They open daily at 7:30 a.m. 628-5954. whiskcharleston.com.

New at Belle Hall

Pawleys Front Porch has opened at 608A Long Point Road at Belle Hall. It is open at 11:30 a.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. 216-5889.

Making his mark

Bob Waggoner has returned to Nashville to work at Watermark Restaurant. Waggoner had previously worked at the Wild Boar in Nashville and left that property for the Holy City to open Charleston Grill. Waggoner's TV show "UTravel! With Chef Bob" is scheduled to air on PBS this spring.

The call of Pawleys

Chef Louis Osteen has returned to Pawleys Island, where he has opened Louis's at Sanford's Southern Fried Smokehouse. The restaurant is at 25 Willbrook Blvd. 237-5400.

New board for CRA

The Charleston Restaurant Association has elected its new board. Steve Carroll of Red's Icehouse has been elected president, David Hayes of Longhorn Steakhouse Restaurants is vice president and Mike Johnson of Lee Distributors is treasurer.

New at the marina

Rosebank Farms Cafe at Bohicket Marina reopens this week with a new menu, new chef and new look in the kitchen after a few months of renovations. Chef Chris Tyler will man the stove for owner Julie Limehouse. Rosebank Farms Cafe is at 1886 Andell Bluff Blvd.

Renovations

Iacofano's restaurant plans a Friday reopening after a brief renovation. Look for changes in the interior as well as on the menu. It is at 626 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant.

Closing, reopening

Biggie's Southern Gastropub has closed. It will reopen as Granville's Grocery on Tuesday. Monday meatloaf is no more, but its Facebook page for Granville's Catering promises it will appear in the Grocery.

Get it while you can

The Old Firehouse Restaurant now has seasonal shad roe on the menu. Have it classic style, fried with bacon or poached in cream. The restaurant is at 6350 Highway 162, Hollywood, 889-9512. They are open for dinner only Tuesday-Saturday.