Ernie’s Restaurant is preparing to renovate, necessitating the longest closure the owner’s nephew can recall.
Antoine Kinloch says he’s not sure how the many customers who dine at the soul food joint on a daily basis will handle the Oct. 7-Oct. 31 stretch.
“I can’t really say,” he says. “I wish we could do something for them.”
Ernie’s, a peerless source of turkey necks and lima beans, opened in 1982. According to a 2007 City Paper review, the restaurant’s never advertised. Two years later, Roadfood’s Michael Stern noted its lack of signage, writing, “Nothing about its exterior other than the smell of pork chops and stewed chicken suggests that it is a place to eat.” Stern described Ernie’s as purveyor of “one of the most satisfying low-cost dinners in all of Charleston,” praising its okra soup, white rice and bread pudding.
Ernie Kinloch wasn’t immediately available to discuss his plans, some of which he apparently hasn’t yet shared with his family.
“I could not tell you,” Antoine Kinloch says when asked what patrons should expect. “All I know is, when it’s fixed up, it’s going to look nice.”
If you’re looking for a final Ernie’s fix before the sabbatical, the restaurant at 64 Spring St. is open 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays.