During the process of approvals and construction, owner of upcoming The Westendorff (at 114 St. Philip St.) has had some time to think about his establishment's concept. What started out as a diner-type eatery, will now be a brunch every day place and switch into dinner service in the evenings. Proprietor Steven Niketas told Eater Charleston that he wanted to be respectful of the Radcliffeborough neighborhood and not keep the long hours associated with an all-day diner. Niketas figured enough people vacation or play in Charleston, that there should be a brunch option for them seven days a week. "Every day is their Saturday," he told us of his potential new guests.
The Westendorff will offer an "elevated breakfast" menu full of comfort foods, classics, and local ingredients. "You'll recognize everything on the menu," Niketas said. The chef, Christopher "Ted" Jackson, hails from Brooklyn, but is a Southerner at heart, who got his start in Virginia. Most recently, Jackson was the chef and co-owner of Ted and Honey in New York. A glance at their brunch menu might give a hint of what to expect from The Westendorff.
The one remaining diner-like element, in the restaurant, will be the Woolworths style counter with 28 seats. There will also be an upstairs dining area. Niketas predicted a January opening. Check back for more updates and photos as The Westendorff moves forward.