Jonathan Ory of Chicago's Bad Wolf Coffee fame recently relocated to Charleston to build a concept the area hasn't seen. The team is still unsure as how to categorize the upcoming Pacific Box & Crate, but they're leaning more toward fancy food court than food hall. What will make this concept unique from the regular Sbarro and Panda Express combo found at malls will be the focus on tenants with exciting menus and a regular rotation of new and different concepts. Ory is currently in research mode, looking at restaurants and food trucks around the country that could be a good fit. "Right now would be a good time to reach out to us," he tells Eater. Leases on the spaces can be as short as one month if someone is interested in testing the waters in South Carolina.
Pacific Box & Crate partner Michael Shemtov (of Butcher & Bee/The Daily) recently named chef Mike Lata as an ideal candidate for the space. Ory reveals that he'd love to see chef David Chang bring fast casual Fuku+ to one of the stalls (Ory previously worked for Chang in New York). He also says that if Xi'an Famous Foods wants to bring its cold skin noodles and lamb burgers to the Charleston, he would eat there every day.
Ory is excited about about the possibilities for the food court and the state-of-the-art kitchen that will be built in the space. He urges potential tenants to reach out to him directly at Jory@butcherandbee.com.