Skirt Table – News September 2019

By: Helen Mitternight

Up in…smoke? The King Street Smoke BBQ sent out notice that the location would be closed for renovations and then, just a day later, the popular barbecue place was closed indefinitely, although the owners said fans would be notified about upcoming pop-up events on social media.

After an opening delayed by Hurricane Dorian, the Delaney Oyster House is now open for business at 115 Calhoun Street. Executive Chef Shamil Velazquez promises fresh, sustainable seafood.

Swig & Swine has left its Market Street location, but still has three others around town. The space is now the home of Florence’s Lowcountry Kitchen, owned by Queen Street Hospitality Group, also owners of Swig & Swine. Florence’s offers “nostalgic, coastal casual home-cooked Southern fare.”

Mount Pleasant’s former Southerly Restaurant at 730 Coleman Blvd. now houses Butcher & The Boar, an eatery featuring steaks and about 270 bourbons, as well as what the owners call “the biggest kitchen in Charleston.”

Jack’s Café sold breakfast for years to College of Charleston students and people old enough to recognize the many virtues of a solid morning meal. Now, the café has apparently closed its doors after a brief interlude with new owners.

Tasty Thai and Sushi on King Street has closed, the demise of another non-chain business on the busy thoroughfare.

Citadel Mall has some sweet news: Candi Love’s Bakery has opened, bringing cupcakes, ice cream, cake pops and other baked goodies.


Chef and partner Daniel Doyle has left Poogan’s Hospitality Group, owner of Poogan’s Porch on Queen Street, a place known for heavenly biscuits and Southern staples. Reports say that Doyle had a “philosophical disagreement” over the future of the company.


Hardscoop has jumped onto the pumpkin spice bandwagon with its own version of the flavor in a limited edition, now available now in stores just in time for autumn gatherings. Hardscoop is adult – very adult – ice cream with booze (16 proof in this case), and you can find it in supermarkets stocked near the alcohol.



Tickets are still available for the week-long events hosted by the Charleston chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, the female-focused philanthropic group of women in food, beverage and hospitality. The debut fundraiser, called “Nothing Like Des Dames Week,” features events ranging from drink tastings to dinners. It runs October 16-20 and benefits scholarships for young women entering culinary fields.



Why merely have brunch when you can enjoy your coffee with birds of prey soaring majestically over your head? Birds & Brunch at the Bennett benefits the Avian Conservation Center. The brunch is October 27,12 p.m., at the Hotel Bennett. Tickets are $150 and are all-inclusive.

5Church Charleston hosts its second annual Hospital and Hospitality Dinner on October 1, with all proceeds going to the MUSC Children’s Hospital. Children help out with the service and also help auction off a special gift to those dining at 5Church that evening. Call for details.




Bay Street Biergarten is throwing its annual Oktoberfest event October 5 with menu specials, traditional German games and plenty of beer. Tickets are free, and, if you can’t park in the parking lot, the restaurant recommends you park at the adjacent post office, rather than in the neighborhood.


It’s time for the next round of Saturday Somm Schools at Edmund’s Oast Exchange, in which certified sommelier Sarah O’Kelley leads you through blind tastings — and not-blind tastings — in search of a better palate. You can go for the series or just one class. Tickets are available on the website




Have kids? You might want to treat them to some fresh seafood and water views. Fleet Landing has been praised by Open Table as one of the best kid-friendly restaurants in the country.


Another seafood spot, Chubby Fish, has been nominated by foodie mag Bon Appetit as one of America’s top new restaurants. Congratulations!