Halls Chophouse Plans to Open The Other Halls This Summer

hallsOne of the perpetual complaints about downtown Charleston dining is the dearth of upscale lunch options: The problem’s particularly pronounced on Upper King Street, where burgers reign at midday. But a forthcoming lunchroom from Halls Chophouse may mitigate the problem.

According to an application filed with the Board of Architectural Review, the steakhouse wants to transform the former La Fourchette space at 432 King Street into “The Other Halls.” Although general manager Tommy Hall was reluctant to release any details, he revealed that plans include fine dining lunch service: The menu is still being developed. Continue reading

Butcher & Bee Requests BAR Approval for New Venture

A new project associated with Butcher & Bee is on this afternoon’s Board of Architectural Review agenda.

David Thompson Architects, the firm responsible for the design of Butcher & Bee, is slated to ask the board to grant conceptual approval for renovation of 652 King St., a 1940s building roughly in front of the popular restaurant. According to the agenda, the renovations will include “new windows, paint and tile.”

It’s impossible to tell from the submitted sketches exactly what’s in store for the venue, and owner Michael Shemtov is staying mum on the subject. But there are a few illustrated hints: Whatever is within the building will be known as The Daily: By Butcher & Bee. In the drawings, baguettes and beer growlers are visible through the frosted windows. So perhaps it’s a provisions shop? Have a look for yourself here.

Magnolias Plans Monthlong Closure for Renovations

magnoliasIf the design firm charged with “refreshing” Magnolias is successful, patrons won’t be taken aback by any of the changes they notice when the restaurant reopens in February after a monthlong renovation hiatus – unless they use the bathroom.

“The restrooms are going to be completely changed,” promises Bill Johnson, the Charleston native who heads up The Johnson Studio. “The restrooms were very, very plain.”

Beyond the restrooms, the tweaks will be less dramatic. The dining room will gain “softer seating to make it more comfortable,” and its acoustics will be upgraded to reflect contemporary technology. An antique mirrored wall with sconces and a banquette will be set against the back wall. Still, Johnson predicts guests will be struck mostly by the “crisp and clean” look of the spruced-up space. Continue reading