Art-focused boutique hotel Grand Bohemian Charleston plans to fete its opening on August 27. In addition to the boon of extra rooms for visitors, the Grand Bohemian thinks it can offer something to locals as well. On the first level, the hotel will feature a casual cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in addition to cult-favorite Intelligentsia coffee. The space will offer grab-and-go items for a quick meal or patio if you wish to linger.
The Grand Bohemian will also boast a wine tasting room and a wine blending room on the hotel premise. The blending room will be utilized for wine making classes, but instead of all that messy fermentation business, attendees will create their own style of wine from percentages of Merlot, Malbec, Petite Sirah, and Cabernet. Three sommeliers will oversee the classes and 32-tap tasting room.
Chef Riley McGillis, previously of Jasmine Porch at The Sanctuary, will run the upstairs restaurant named Élevé. The food will be a "progressive, American menu" with "something for everyone." While McGillis takes cues from French cuisine, he plans to borrow a few side items from the Lowcountry classic cookbook Charleston Receipts. This will be reflected on the menu with the name of the original contributor before the dish, for example, if McGillis is inspired to put a corn soufflé on the menu, it could be "Mrs. Edward Manigault's Corn Soufflé." While Élevé is not a seafood restaurant, there will be many plates featuring the bounty of the sea. The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu is almost complete and ready for public viewing.
The adjoining bars (there are two) will serve craft cocktails, wine, and draft beers. There will be an indoor lounge and outdoor roof seating with views of the Holy City.
Look for the grand opening of the Grand Bohemian Charleston on August 27 at 55 Wentworth St.