Nick Arbuckle, the 30-year old owner of the newly-opened FED in Mt. Pleasant, has moved away from the Charleston area just once. And now that he’s back, he’s vowing not to leave again.
After spending eight years at Langdon’s, Arbuckle helped open Latitude 32 outside of Atlanta. The short-lived restaurant featured global food from the 32nd parallel (don’t bother consulting an atlas: it stretches from Georgia to Sichuan to Iran), which may help explain why Arbuckle chose a more basic concept for his first independent venture.
“American eclectic is the best way to describe it,” he says. “It’s not fine dining, but a step above average.” Continue reading
Maverick Southern Kitchens has nixed plans to open a fourth Charleston area restaurant.
The company today announced its project at The Boulevard, a mixed-use development on Coleman Boulevard, was undone by a series of construction delays. Construction of the restaurant was set to begin last September, but “major building changes were needed to accommodate it.” The renovations were completed and approved in mid- January.
Around that time, the property was taken over by a new owner, who forecast the building wouldn’t be ready to host the restaurant until summertime.
“When we learned the process was delayed an additional four to five months, we decided the restaurant could not wait that much longer,” the announcement quotes Maverick’s founder and president Dick Elliott as saying. Continue reading
The Snowmaggedon of 2010 set in motion a series of restaurant moves which culminated with Annie’s Bistro opening in Mt. Pleasant – in the midst of last month’s ice storm.
Mark Manly and Carole Robert in 2007 opened their French café in Middleburg, Va., but were forced to relocate three years later when a few feet of snowfall weakened the restaurant’s roof. After three years in Bethseda, Md., “we were at that point where rents were about to go into the realm of not possible,” Manly says. Last fall, he and wife paid a scouting visit to the area where his grandparents retired in the 1970s.
“(Carole) said ‘I can live anywhere’,” Manly says of the decision to re-open Annie’s Bistro in Towne Centre. Continue reading
Gertrude Sassard, who for more than half a century presided over the production of Mrs. Sassard’s jellies, pickles, relishes and preserves, died Monday. She was 87.
Sassard in 1962 inherited the Mt. Pleasant condiment company – and the closely-guarded recipes which were critical to its success — from her mother-in-law, Edna. Although Sassard was faithful to the popular Jerusalem artichoke preparation which in 1917 inspired the commercialization of Edna Sassard’s canning hobby, she added a number of products to the line, including iced tomato pickles, iced cucumber pickles and sweet onion relish.
Under Sassard’s leadership, Mrs. Sassard’s artichoke relish maintained its status as a revered Charleston symbol, eventually showing up in television host Stephen Colbert’s standard gift basket for guests. “We have memories of eating it on hot dogs at Pitt Street Pharmacy,” food writer Matt Lee told a Sandlapper Magazine writer; Lee and his brother, Ted, sell nine Mrs. Sassard’s products through their online food catalog. Continue reading