Now that the structure at 513 King St. is looking a bit more inhabitable, it's time to crank up the rumor mill. The address was outed as a restaurant back in 2012 by Post and Courier, but details have been slim since. As recently as last month, the owners of the building—listed as CPA Barry Gumb and JFRONE (registered to Motley Rice LLC)—were still going before the Board of Architectural Review for changes to the facade.
Here's a look at some of the whispered speculations and hints swirling on the street. Nothing is confirmed, but those with insight should speak up.
1. The space will be an American bistro, maybe. The first word was the corner structure was to be a charcuterie outfit, and then, it was tapas, and now, it's bordering on bistro. All quaint concepts for the prominent location.
2. The home of the Golden Gate Bridge keeps coming up. Eater was told the restaurant is a San Francisco concept making its way to Charleston. Unless the eatery is strictly serving Rice-a-Roni or Ghiradelli chocolate, it's not really clear what that means. The other connection to the West Coast city is one of the investors. Again and again, people are saying an heir to the Levi Strauss fortune is a major player in the project. The world headquarters for the company is in San Fran.
There it is and it ain't much, but with the rumored opening in April, someone out there must know more. If anything is released, Eater will post updates. Until then, keep tipping, and anyone with new details should send them here.
· Three new restaurants planned for Upper King Street [P&C]
· Board of Architectural Review [Official]