Chew on This: Restaurant News
By Deidre Schipani Special to The Post and Courier | Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Cask night at Ted’s
Ted’s Butcherblock hosts Edward and Morgan Westbrook of Charleston’s Westbrook Brewing for Cask Night tonight at 6. They will be pouring Westbrook’s Pacific Jade Rye Pale, dry-hopped with Calypso.
Beer will be sold by the pint for $5. No reservations are required and beer will be sold until the cask runs out. Call 577-0094. For more about Ted’s Butcherblock, 334 East Bay St., go to www.tedsbutcherblock.com.
‘Save the Cooper’
SweetWater Brewing Company is expanding its efforts to protect waterways threatened by pollution and waste. After Atlanta-based campaigns, it’s bringing the fight to the Carolinas, Alabama and Florida.
Locally, the “Save the Cooper” effort is a joint venture between SweetWater and Charleston Waterkeeper.
Running through the Fourth of July, purchase T-shirts, SweetWater’s seasonal Waterkeeper ale or paper fish displays at participating retailers, which include The Griffon, 18 Vendue Range, and Moe’s Downtown Tavern, 5 Cumberland St. The two locations will have kick-off parties: The Griffon at 6 p.m. Friday and Moe’s Downtown Tavern at 6 p.m. Saturday.
Go to charlestonwater keeper.org or www.sweet waterbrew.com for details.
Chefs on the road
The Indigo Road restaurant group travels to Columbia with a late-summer opening of the Oak Table restaurant. Oak Table will serve modern American cuisine inspired by sister restaurant Oak Steakhouse in Charleston.
Joseph Jacobson, current chef de cuisine at Oak, will relocate to Columbia to lead the Oak Table’s kitchen as executive chef. Oak Steakhouse’s sous chef, Brendan Levin, will be promoted to chef de cuisine. Levin has been a member of the Oak family for more than a year after gaining experience at Charleston’s High Cotton.
The Oak Table will be at 1221 Main St., Columbia.
Pop’s Smokin’ BBQ is open at 310 N. Live Oak Drive in Moncks Corner.
New oyster venue
Chef Mike Lata and Adam Nemirow have given their latest venture a name: The Ordinary Oyster Hall. A fall opening is planned for 544 King St. On the menu: oysters and East Coast seafood.
Coming to King
Republic Garden and Lounge will occupy the former Chai’s Lounge site at 462 King St. This 7,000-square-foot special events and music venue plans a July opening with Evan Powell, formerly of Fish restaurant, as general manager. On the menu: internationally inspired bar food.
Barsa’s new lunch
Barsa Tapas, Lounge & Bar at 630 King St. is now serving lunch. Hours are 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. On the menu: a $10 lunch express menu that includes the meal, side and a drink. Call 577-5393 or go to barsacharleston.com.
Summer’s on menu
Graze restaurant in Mount Pleasant has launched its new summer menu that includes a New England lobster roll, oven-roasted bone marrow and house-made gnudi. It is at 863 Houston Northcutt Blvd. Lunch service begins at 11 a.m., dinner at 5 p.m. Call 606-2493 or go to grazecharleston.com.
Dublin Down Irish Pub, 245 Seven Farms Drive, on Daniel Island has closed.
TJ’s Beef & Brew will open in June in Dublin Down’s former location on Daniel Island. TJ’s Beef & Brew is also at 214 St. James Avenue in Goose Creek. On the menu: burgers and hot dogs.
Mark your calendar
Sunrise Bistro launches a new menu in June. Beer and wine will be available. It is at 1797 Main Road, Johns Island. Call 718-1858 or go to sunrisebistro.net.
Mercato restaurant announces the opening of Mercato Jazz Lounge, where late-night jazz is on the menu 11 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It will feature a late-night menu, jazz-inspired cocktails, and local and new musicians. Mercato is at 102 North Market St. Go to mercatocharleston.com or call 722-6393.
Jazzed up for brunch
Tristan restaurant has added jazz to its brunch menu, along with new items for summer. It is at 10 Linguard St. Brunch is served 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sunday. Call 534-2155 or go to tristandining.com.
Mount Pleasant plans
Ellis Grossman’s popular Black Bean Co. is crossing the big bridge and will open location No. 3 in the neighborhood of MUSC’s new Health-Specialty Care East Center on Hungryneck Boulevard.
An opening date has not been set.
A fresh Breeze
Harbor Breeze restaurant has opened at 176 Patriots Point Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Call 606-2110.
Big Chef Little Chef
Tickets are on sale for the fourth annual Piggly Wiggly Big Chef Little Chef Challenge.
This event, which takes place 6:30-9 p.m. June 14 at the Lighthouse on the Creek in Mount Pleasant, is an evening of food, fun and festivities to benefit Louie’s Kids.
Tickets can be purchased at www.louieskids.org/big cheflittlechef, or in person at the Square Onion in I’On or Royall Hardware on Coleman Boulevard, both are in Mount Pleasant.
Tickets are $50 in advance, $65 the day of the event. Tickets include the creations from the chef duos, beer from Pearlstine Distributors and Piggly Wiggly, wine from Republic National Distributing Co., Cypress restaurant and the Charleston Grill, plus hors d’oeuvres from the Square Onion.
Featured chefs this year are Mike Lata of FIG, Nico Romo of Fish, Marc Collins of Circa 1886, Cary Zapatka of Square Onion, Craig Deihl of Cypress, John Zucker of Cru Cafe, Ben Berryhill of Red Drum, John Ondo of Lana Restaurant, Michelle Weaver of Charleston Grill, Kevin Johnson of The Grocery, Jeremiah Bacon of Oak and Ken Vedrinski of Trattoria Lucca.