Skirt Table News Update

While Americans chow down at happy hours, the French have apéro. Find out
what it’s all about when apéro bar and café Babas on Cannon opens sometime in

Fans of food truck Semilla can rejoice. Rice bowls and tacos along with agua
frescas are being served out of the old Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen at 218 President
Street as Semilla trades wheels for bricks and mortar.

Bar Normandy, the rollicking evening persona of Normandy Bakery on Broad
Street was forced to close down, but the more staid bakery lives on in the space.

Pancito & Lefty, the casual and cool upper King Street home of tequila and fresh-
pounded guac, has shut down.

Whether your roll is California or spring, Fuji has you covered. The sushi
restaurant already has locations in Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston and Kiawah,
and they’re rolling onto upper King Street at 585 King St.

If you like the Zach Brown Band, you might want to check out what their chef is
bringing our way. Rusty Hamlin brings tacos and beach fare to Papi’s Taqueria,
1012 Ocean Blvd, Isle of Palms.

Chef Brannon Florie has opened Pier 22 on Sullivan’s Island to bring casual
seafood to the isle. 2213 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island.

Why would anyone want to duck donuts? Seems you’d want to catch every one
from the Duck, NC-based franchise that makes its circular goodness to order.
They serve coffee, too, if you can pause long enough in your donut eating. 1812
Sam Rittenberg Blvd, West Ashley.

The King Street restaurant with the cool metal gate, 492, has closed.

Tickets have gone on sale for the Charleston Wine + Food festival and, believe
it or not, it’s not too soon to get on board for the March event!

Tickets are still available for the Family Farm Fest on Oct. 7. The event is
hosted by the Charleston chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international
group of women in the food, beverage and hospitality industries. The fest will be
at the Johns Island farm of Joseph Fields, and the event will benefit Earth Heart
Growers. It will feature music, children’s entertainment
including a jump castle, face painting, and Earth Heart Growers activities, a silent
auction and, of course, food. Filled picnic baskets are available for purchase, as
is festival food such as hot dogs and hamburgers. There will be adult beverages
for the adults. You can get tickets at at

Want to see what a single vineyard can do? Edmund’s Oast is hosting a wine
dinner Oct. 4 featuring northern California wines from Ceritas. You’ll get an education
as well as wines selected to perfectly complement the four-course dinner. The
dinner will be held in The Library, the new private dining room at Edmund’s
Oast. Tickets are $99, all inclusive. Seating is extremely limited.  Visit for tickets.

Chef Nate Whiting, whose crispy pizzas and delicate pastas have broken more
than one diet, has announced that he’s leaving Juliet on upper King.

Blair Machado has left Poogan’s Porch as executive chef.

The Wild Dunes Resort has unveiled fall menus at its three restaurants, Coastal
Provisions, Salty Goat Bar and Huey’s Southern Eats. The restaurants range
from upscale to link-side on the golf course, and the new menus take advantage
of local, seasonal ingredients. Highlights include a salad of warm wild
mushrooms with truffle aioli on the high end, to the more casual pork rind nachos.

Proof cocktail bar on upper King Street is adding a permanent residency to its
menu. Pop-up ramen masters 2 Nixons will be at Proof on Friday and Saturday

Chef Blair Machado will be doing popups at The Daily on King Street on Mondays
and Thursdays. Machado says the menu will consist of a heavy raw seafood side
and lots of meats from locals Thaddeus Farms and Keegan-Filion Farm. All the
vegetables will be local as well, from Ambrose Farms, Rooting Down Farms and
Spade & Clover Gardens.

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