Since 2007, executive chef Nico Romo has ran the kitchen at Upper King pioneer Fish Restaurant. Today, the establishment’s parent company Patrick Properties Hospitality Group announced that Romo will leave at the end of summer to "pursue a new endeavor." PPHG does not say if Romo will stay in Charleston, but with a new restaurant opening every week, there could be opportunities here. The group did not disclose a successor for Romo.
Fish opened at 442 King St. in 2000 — a time before any buzz surrounded the area. There were a smattering of open doors up there, but Fish stood with now-long-gone bars like The Trusted Palate, Chai’s, and Raval.
The restaurant went through a revamp in 2008 and became known for Romo’s Asian-meets-French menu and killer happy hour deals, like $4 glasses of wine all week. It should be interesting to see if Romo’s influence will remain on the menu after his departure.