Over the weekend, epic rains and flooding hit Charleston, which created a cascade of restaurant closings. Concerns of safety and employee mobility caused many of the downtown establishments to take a day off, but a few hung in there to feed neighbors. French dining room Chez Nous kept the doors open on Saturday and co-owner Patrick Panella says they did a brisk business — who knew people craved osso buco during torrential storms?
Eater heard reports of servers wading through waist-deep waters to get to work and other tales of bartenders wearing rain boots during their shift. Many bars, like Recovery Room, AC's, Proof, The Belmont, Upper Deck Tavern, Moe's Crosstown Tavern, Bin 152, and the Royal American kept the booze flowing on Saturday night for anyone that could walk (or kayak) to the establishments.
The specials board at Moe's said it best: "Pray For 86 Rain"
As the roadways clear, many restaurants report that they will reopen today with normal hours. Some roads are still impassable however, so exercise caution.