Local Restaurants Playing Documentaries on Their TVs

sunriseTime was, the only things a drinker could hope to learn while perched on a barstool were the details of a fellow patron’s latest heartbreak and the bartender’s preferred method of mixing martinis. But educational opportunities have lately picked up at a handful of Charleston establishments where the TVs are tuned to documentaries.

At Kanpai, chef Sean Park likes to play Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the acclaimed film about an exacting 85-year old sushi master. But other venues are using their Netflix accounts – which save them the trouble of purchasing cable or satellite service — to stray further from their menu themes. Continue reading

Sunrise Bistro Express Open on Spring Street

sunrisebistroSunrise Bistro’s downtown Charleston location may be significantly smaller than its Johns Island digs, but the menu is far from puny.

The café, which opened this week, offers 19 breakfast entrees (not counting bagels and egg sandwiches); 15 sandwiches; 10 salads; three quesadillas and a half-dozen different desserts. There’s also an espresso program.

Open every day but Sunday from 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunrise Bistro Express is the second restaurant to try making a go of it at 116 Spring St since The Black Bean Company moved out last year. Continue reading