The Food Truck Court Arrives at The Pour House This Weekend

burkeA few years after a downtown property owner reclaimed his parking lot, displacing the city’s first regularly-scheduled food truck pod, the concept is resurfacing on James Island.

The Food Truck Court will debut at The Pour House this Saturday from 12 noon-5:30 p.m. Organizer Cory Burke of Roti Rolls says the weekly gathering will feature no fewer than two trucks. “There will be a maximum of 15 as it grows,” he adds. “We will try to keep it around 5-6 to start and see where it takes us.”

In addition to a rotating array of trucks parked in the same place, the Saturday afternoon Court will feature live music, drinks on the bar’s new deck and “family-fun activities” provided by Charleston Fun Factory, such as a jump castle and a mechanical bull. Continue reading

The Green Door’s Owner Says He’s Nearly Secured New Location

gdoor-240x300The 150 fans of The Green Door who last night attended a final farewell party for the restaurant “partied pretty hard,” even though they didn’t have a new location to celebrate, owner Cory Burke reports.

Burke had hoped to reveal information about his future plans at the customer appreciation party, rescheduled after Big John’s Tavern booted the project from its premises. Burke earlier this year took over Big John’s kitchen, but the partnership didn’t survive a change in tavern management: Although owner Ryan Condon initially agreed to let The Green Door operate through the end of October, Burke’s announcement of a blow-out Halloween party caused Condon to shut down the bar on Oct. 21.

“Having a going away party on Halloween night and going crazy in here, and they’re not going to do that,” Condon told The Post and Courier.

Last night’s party, held at Grow Food Carolina, featured a roti bar with beef cheeks, braised seaweed, pig’s head and strong punch. Continue reading

The Green Door to Close on Oct. 31

gdoorThe minds behind Charleston’s most reliably inventive restaurant will now have to think creatively about location, since Big John’s Tavern is booting out The Green Door at month’s end.

The Roti Rolls spinoff late last year took up residence in the downtown dive bar, which was then run by brothers Chris and Jim Condon. But unbeknownst to Green Door owner Cory Burke, the building belonged to their uncle, Ryan, co-owner of The Crab Shack, a local seafood chain. When Ryan Condon took over Big John’s operations, doing away with braised pig heads and kimchi grilled cheese sandwiches was high on his priority list, Burke says.

“He apparently never liked Green Door,” Burke says. “He doesn’t like our food. He hates everything we’ve done.”

Ryan Condon did not immediately return a call seeking comment. Continue reading