The first-time restaurateurs behind the project at the corner of Morris and King yesterday revealed the concept they’ve thus far been reluctant to discuss.
“What we’re looking to do is take really great stuff and our chef’s reputation and serve it in a small-plates atmosphere,” Robert Young, a 32-year old former server (Charleston Grill, 39 Rue De Jean) said after receiving permission from his partner, Ben Russell-Schlesinger, to “let the cat out of the bag.”
“It’s shareable and social,” Young continued, adding he anticipates customers hopping from the restaurant (the name is still a secret) to other restaurants on Upper King.
So will the restaurant-to-be-named-later function like Republic, which opened with a menu of high-aiming party snacks?
“No, we’ll have a dining space,” Ben Russell-Schlesinger, 28, said.
Maybe the restaurant will have more in common with Indaco, another neighbor?
“No, we’re not doing Italian,” Young said.
Young and Russell-Schlesinger, who worked a few kitchen internships in his native San Francisco, have hired a chef, but the chef’s name is a secret too. They promise his food will be “approachable,” and describe the cuisine as fitting in between The Ordinary and A.C.’s.
“This is one heck of a historic renovation,” said Young, who’s looking forward to the view of the Ravenel Bridge from the King Street-side bay windows.
The restaurateurs declined to reveal the source of their funding, saying only that the money is coming from an LLC the pair registered in 2012.
Although there’s no opening date yet set, Young and Russell-Schlesinger are confident the small-plates restaurant will be open by summertime.