The air at 212 Rutledge Ave. is still heavy with the smell of Parmesan from its previous tenant, Mia Pomodori, but sawdust competes for top note as new restaurateur Ross Webb builds out the space for his own eatery. Construction is underway at R. Kitchen, and Webb still predicts a May opening.
The upcoming restaurant, previously described by Webb as "fun and communal," might be one of the smallest in Charleston. There will be five seats at the kitchen, 10 spaces against the wall, and 15 additional spots in the new structure behind the building. To allow guests to feel comfortable with the pacing of the evening and to allow for parking, R. Kitchen will have three seatings per night (6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m., and 9:00 p.m.). They also plan to serve lunch.
The interior looks a bit rough now, but it's the early stages, so keep here for updates.