Egan & Sons Listed for Sale UPDATED

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Egan & Sons appears to have is preparing to poured its last pint: The downtown restaurant is up for sale.

City Paper first broke the news of the seven-month old restaurant’s sudden closing, quoting general manager Kirsten Leahey as saying, “We’re going to shut down for a few weeks and make some changes. But we’re not going anywhere.”

According to a posting by National Restaurant Properties, the 2900-square foot restaurant and bar at 5 Cumberland St. is now available for $1.69 million. The space is described as “well-maintained and appointed with high quality finishes.” Continue reading

New Downtown Ramen Shop Likely to Appeal to Fun-Loving Crowd

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This is not Menoki’s ramen.

The last dedicated ramen shop to open in Charleston closed within weeks, but the forthcoming Menkoi Ramen House has a weapon that’s likely to conquer any local skepticism about its noodle bowls.

“Spicy ramen is their most popular dish,” Jonathan Sharpe, an avid eater and food photographer in Columbia, says of the restaurant’s original location. “The secret of its hangover-curing properties is out here.”

Menkoi recently posted a sign in the window of the former Manny’s Neighborhood Grill, first spotted by Eater Charleston. According to a staffer at the Columbia store, the Charleston restaurant is scheduled to open later this month. Continue reading

Chicken Salad Chick Claims Andolini’s Old Address

Chicken Salad Chick, the Alabama chain which “offer(s) customers a ‘custom-fit’ chicken salad experience”, today announced it’s taking over the Andolini’s Pizza space at 82 Wentworth Street.

The chain already operates a store in Greenville, and plans in the coming year to add another seven stores across the Southeast, including the Charleston location.

The menu at Chicken Salad Chick features 15 chicken salads sold by the sandwich and the pound. Among the varieties are a chicken salad with pineapple and macadamia nuts; a chicken salad with ranch dressing and bacon and a chicken salad with extra onions.

According to a press release, Chicken Salad Chick will open in Charleston in early 2014.

Three New Options for Brunch

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Three downtown restaurants are adding Sunday brunch to their schedules, bringing more biscuits and Bloodys to an already busy morning.

Of the newcomers, The Vendue Inn was first out of the gate with its “brunch basket” program, which premiered this past weekend. As the name implies, Vendue’s Rooftop Bar brunch is a picnicky affair, in which guests can purchase a bottle of bubbly and a basket of snacks for $40. The baskets are sized for two, and designed around a culinary theme, such as The Pacific, Paris or Tuscany: Menu items include cured salmon, Boursin cheese and dried figs. Baskets are available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

On Sept. 1, Republic Garden & Lounge will join the brunch crowd with its “light, healthy approach,” writes spokesperson Grace Newland. Executive chef Benjamin Harris’ definition of “light” isn’t exactly egg whites and grapefruit segments, though: The menu features honey biscuits with salt butter; housemade pork belly rillettes; duck prosciutto and crème fraîche scrambled eggs. But there’s coconut water in the ReHydrator cocktail, made with cucumber vodka, St. Germain and lemon. Other quaffable options include frozen Mimosas with various floaters and a smoothie of Bols Yogurt liqueur, orange juice and gin. Brunch is served from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Finally, Warehouse is readying to roll out its brunch service on the same Sunday. Although the menu hasn’t yet been released, it’s likely the eggs and cheeses on the bar menu will be reconfigured in morning-appropriate ways. But the specials aren’t exclusively for early risers: Brunch starts at 11 a.m. and runs through 11 p.m., so night owls can have hash with their highballs.