The Spring Street boom continues, this time with bar and restaurant Warehouse. Co-owner James Groetzinger said the concept is an "elevated neighborhood bar," which he and his business partner and childhood friend Joey Rinaldi are aiming to open early this summer. They'll have beer on tap, cocktails, a small wine list, a food menu that changes seasonally and happy hour all day on Sunday.
Chef Eva Keilty will be in charge in the kitchen, and they've constructed a menu of small plates, bar snacks, charcuterie and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Keilty is the chef behind Wren Culinaire, an upscale catering company and was previously the head chef at fancy downtown deli Ted's Butcherblock. Ted's owner Ted Dombrowski told City Paper back in 2011, "She's been the best hire I ever made."
Groetzinger said they're also planning to have coffee and desserts available, for those looking something sweet and a place to hang out after dinner. They're also planning on having live music at some point, and table games, like pool, shuffleboard and foosball.
Groetzinger came to Charleston four years ago, and helped open King Street tapas place Barsa and was behind the bar at downtown's Fish for two years. Before that, he and Rinaldi ran a restaurant on Lake Norman in North Carolina, and the two met when they were growing up in Hilton Head. But he's had something like Warehouse in mind since arriving in the Holy City.
"This is exactly what I've wanted to do," he said, adding that the feel he's going for with his new venture is what he thinks Charleston needs. "I didn't have to change my business plan at all."
· Warehouse [Facebook]
· Wren Culinaire [Official Site]
· Ted's Butcherblock Chef Eva Keilty Plays with Beer and Bold Flavors [CP]