Carter’s Kitchen, Still Closed, Delays Restaurant Week Menu

Carter’s Kitchen missed its self-imposed deadline of reopening in time for Charleston Restaurant Week, but customers of the Mt. Pleasant restaurant won’t miss out on Restaurant Week deals.

According to Greater Charleston Restaurant Association spokeswoman Kaili Howard, Carter’s Kitchen plans to start running its Restaurant Week menu when it reopens.

The restaurant’s air conditioning units, hot water heaters, walk-in cooler and a storage unit were destroyed in a Dec. 28 fire. Chef-owner Robert Carter, who didn’t return a message seeking additional details about the repair process, initially forecast he’d be back in business by Jan. 8.

After reading this post, Carter e-mailed, “We are diligently working with the insurance company to get the scope of work finalized and the cleanup and minor repairs completed in a timely manner. The holiday schedule made for a slow start, but we are in full swing and hope to announce an opening date soon.”

Carter dismissed reports that the restaurant could be open as early as Jan. 21.

Smoked duck pastrami, pork osso bucco and coconut cake are among the items listed on Carter’s Kitchen $40 Restaurant Week menu.

Fire Closes Carter’s Kitchen for New Year’s Eve

Less than a week after a fire put Anson’s out of commission for Christmas, an outdoor fire has closed Carter’s Kitchen for New Year’s Eve.

Chef-owner Bob Carter anticipates reopening for Restaurant Week next month.

“Fortunately the fire was contained to our outside deck area,” Carter says of last night’s blaze. “No one was hurt.”

According to Carter, “several air conditioning units, several hot water heaters, the walk-in and a storage unit were all destroyed.”

Restaurant staffers are now attempting to contact diners with New Year’s Eve reservations. The restaurant is scheduled to reopen on Jan. 8.

S&S Cafeteria Reopens Two Months After Damaging Fire

sscafeteriaS&S Cafeteria is wearing its holiday best for its reopening tomorrow, a restaurant spokeswoman says.

“After two months of intense renovation due to a fire, we are excited to be able to invite all of our friends and customers to come in and enjoy our delicious Southern meals,” Rita Kiser writes.

Kiser is urging patrons to “dine in and relax in our renovated facilities, complete with Christmas decorations.” (Although she adds that the take-out shop is reopening too.)

The area’s last surviving cafeteria, S&S Cafeteria on Oct. 2 was badly damaged by an early morning laundry room fire. General manager Mike DeLaney initially forecast the restaurant would require a few weeks to rebuild, but it took months before loyal customers were given another crack at deviled eggs; broiled chicken livers; ambrosia and turnip greens. Continue reading

South Carolinians Try To Avoid Burning Down Their Homes This Thanksgiving

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No matter what you decide to serve for the holidays this year, make sure you prepare it very, very carefully: According to State Farm data, South Carolina from 2005-2012 had a greater incidence of Thanksgiving Day cooking mishaps than any other state in the continental U.S.

Although five states produced more cooking-related claims than South Carolina, those numbers can be attributed to much larger populations. In New York, for example, over the seven years covered by the survey, one out of every 889,545 residents reported an injury or fire caused by cooking. By contrast, one out of every 295,250 South Carolinians had a bad run-in with a turkey fryer or kitchen grease.

Only Alaskans were more likely to have their holiday end with an insurance claim: With five claims filed over the survey’s span, one out of every 146,289 Alaskans saw a holiday meal go dangerously awry. Continue reading