Four months after reopening its location damaged by an electrical fire, Crave International Foods and Catering is on the cusp of opening a second Johns Island restaurant.
“We’re hoping to do it by May,” owner Michael Petrillo says, speaking from the former Rosebank Farms Café space he’s planning to renovate.
Rosebank Farms Café closed earlier this month. Although owner Julie Limehouse didn’t return messages, Sidi Limehouse speculated she was exhausted by more than two decades in the restaurant business.
“She was just tired,” he says. “She just wanted to do something else. You know, restaurants are a tough business. Business has fallen off; there’s a lot of competition here now.”
The elder Limehouse called Crave “a good fit” for the venue overlooking Bohicket Creek.
Petrillo, who previously cooked in the Netherlands and Key West, three years ago opened Crave. Last July, a fire attributed to an outlet in a storage room near the kitchen caused extensive smoke and water damage. The restaurant reopened in December.
Catering, which constitutes a significant portion of Crave’s business, will continue to be conducted out of the existing kitchen at 4430 Betsy Kerrison Parkway.