Carter’s Kitchen Not Returning to Inn at I’On

rcarterCarter’s Kitchen, which suffered a small outdoor fire in late December, will not reopen in its previous location.

According to chef-owner Robert Carter, the Inn at I’On venue will no longer be used as restaurant. “The owners are going to run it as a banquet facility to complement their other two banquet facilities,” he writes.

Representatives of the boutique hotel did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

“I am seeking other locations to move Carter’s Kitchen,” Carter adds.

The former executive chef of Peninsula Grill, Carter opened his namesake restaurant in February 2012. It was named to Esquire’s list of Best New Restaurants in America; the magazine reported Carter “understands the slow, steady progression of Southern cooking and never bucks the sacrosanct.”

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.