Jestine’s Kitchen was not facing any citations for building code violations prior to its sudden closure, a city spokeswoman today confirmed.
According to Charleston spokeswoman Barbara Vaughn, none of the city’s departments charged with code enforcement were involved with the downtown restaurant when it abruptly shut down last Thursday afternoon. The timing of the closure and reference to “renovations” on the restaurant’s outgoing voice mail message had led some patrons to speculate that the 1949 building had failed inspection.
Although Strange still hasn’t contacted the Post & Courier, she yesterday told WCSC’s Raphael James that she’d decided to close the restaurant so she could redo the kitchen floor and plumbing. Asked whether the decision was sudden, she said, “I’m a woman.” Whether the comment was made in earnest or jest wasn’t clear from the report.