[Photo: Praneedra Kuver]
Here's a big reveal of the once-mysterious King Street bar and restaurant The Rarebit, which could open as soon as Friday. Owner John Adamson said the menu is diner-inspired, which means "you'll see anything from tomato soup and grilled cheese to chicken and waffles, steak and a pork chop" and breakfast all day. Adamson wanted to keep plates in that "mid-range," so the thin burgers are $4 (a double stack is $6) and entrees are between $10 and $15. At the helm in the kitchen is Mike Gaia, who was the sous chef over at Mount Pleasant's 17 North before signing on to The Rarebit.
The overall vibe was modeled off a 1960s dog track (check out the art above). Keeping with the racetrack theme, expect an entire menu of mint juleps and, in a somewhat retro move, cocktails that clock in under $10. Bartender Brent Sweatman, formerly of shuttered Wagener Terrace restaurant Granville's, is making his own bitters, tonic, root beer, ginger beer and a seasonal soda. In addition to the juleps, expect drinks like The Greyhound (vodka and grapefruit) and a Moscow Mule served in copper mugs.
The bar was still a work in progress when Eater stopped by to take pictures, but Adamson, who is in a hurry to get the place open, says he expects The Rarebit to be more of a cocktail bar than a restaurant. If they start serving on Friday, that's what Charleston can expect: booze and breakfast, until next week.
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