May Skirt Table News

Find out about the latest openings and closings and other food and beverage news as compiled by contributor Helen Mitternight. If you’d like your food and beverage news to be included email and put “Food News” in the subject line.

Say it ain’t so!! Hominy Grill, frequent winner of the best shrimp-and-grits contests and iconic peninsula restaurant, closed April 28. Robert Stehling, owner of the 2008 James Beard Award-winning restaurant, said in a statement that he was ready for a break after 24 years in the business.

Not enough food and bev staff in Charleston. That’s the reason cited for the shuttering of Kitchen 208 on King Street.

Ristorante Juliet on upper King Street closed after introducing the peninsula to fabulous thin-crusted pizza.

The Noisy Oyster deep in the heart of the tourist district on the peninsula quietly closed its doors. Watch for a new concept restaurant soon.

The team that brought you Saltwater Cowboys on Shem Creek has opened Hooked Seafood at 24 N. Market Street in Charleston. Hooked has local seafood and a big open bay door to capture peninsula breezes.

Bluerose Café in West Ashley closed, but Spanglish is taking over the space and will open soon.

Parson Jack’s Café in West Ashley has closed after more than 12 years.

The Baker & The Farmer on Johns Island closed it doors.

Popbar, a national chain of gelato and sorbetto concept stores, is coming soon to Charleston. The store will offer unique flavors and an array of chocolates and toppings to top your pop. Look for the hot chocolate on a stick.

McCrady’s executive chef Jim Stein is out. No word on his replacement.

Cinco de Mayo is actually on May 4 at Mex 1 Coastal Cantina. The West Ashley restaurant (817 St. Andrews Blvd) will be holding its annual block party with live music, drink specials and even performances from flamethrowers, axe throwers, martial artists and samba dancers. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

The Taste of Hutson Alley is back May 9 from 6 – 9 p.m. The six restaurants in the alley between John and Hutson Streets join to feature chef stations and dessert samplings. Participating are Victor’s Social Club; 39 Rue de Jean; Coast Bar and Grill; Michael’s on the Alley; Vincent Chicco’s; Virginia’s on King; and Good Food Catering. Tickets are $65, and all attendees must be 21 or older. For additional information and to purchase tickets, visit

Tradd’s is hosting a James Beard Foundation Celebrity Chef Tour dinner on May 15. Chefs include Brandon Buck (Tradd’s), Kevin Johnson (The Grocery), Kelly Franz (Magnolia’s), Bob Cook (Edmunds Oast), Travis Grimes (Husk), Ken Vendrinksi (Trattoria Lucca), Michael Toscano (Le Farfalle), Michael Sichel (Gabrielle) and visiting chef, Michael Ginor (Hudson Valley Foie Gras). Beverage pairings will be by Munkle Brewing, Advintage, Winebow and Curated Selections. Tickets are $200 and available on

Ms. Rose’s Fine Food and Cocktails of West Ashley is now serving breakfast. Menu items include chicken and waffles, a smoked brisket breakfast sandwich and avocado toast.

The James Beard Foundation Awards have announced their finalists, and Charleston still has some contenders! Finalists include FIG for Outstanding Restaurant; and Scott Blackwell and Ann Marshall of High Wire Distilling Company for Outstanding Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional. The winners will be announced at a gala in Chicago on May 6.

Charleston’s own Lee Brothers are known for their cookbooks and cooking prowess, but now they’ve published a different kind of a book that they say is a “page-turner:” “Hotbox: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business.”  The brothers are doing a book launch tour and will be in at the Charleston Library Society on May 7. You may not score tickets to that, but you can still find the book at the usual bookstores – support these local authors at a local bookstore!