James Beard Award-winning chef Hugh Acheson runs four restaurants in Georgia: 5&10 and The National in Athens, Empire State South in Atlanta, and The Florence in Savannah. His last project to open was coffee shop Spiller Park in Ponce City Market in Atlanta.
Today, however, Post & Courier revealed that Acheson would make his first foray into Charleston with a cafe in the upcoming clothing store Club Monaco. This will be the first South Carolina outlet for the chef and the shop.
Acheson will team up with Charleston-based artisanal bread makers Root Baking Co. for the Club Monaco concept named Root + Spiller. Post & Courier describes the menu as "coffee and light bread-themed dishes," which sounds similar to the Spiller Park menu in Atlanta.
Root+Spiller will have a separate entrance from the store with garden seating. This isn't the first time retail brand Club Monaco has installed a coffee shop in the midst of the clothing. Shoppers in the Manhattan store can purchase books and coffee from Toby's Estate Flatiron, while browsers in the Montreal location can sip on Cafe Myriade drinks while looking through the racks.
Club Monaco hasn't revealed a date for opening yet, but crews are still working on the interiors at the space located at 258 King St., which was completely renovated after Carolina on King evacuated the address.