When Black Bean Co. shut down at 869 Folly Rd., it left an opportunity for something new on James Island. Restaurateur/chef Thomas Smith saw a chance to bring a casual breakfast and lunch spot to the area. “James Island needs good craft sandwiches,” says Smith. He helped open Mozzo Deli in 2009, so he has experience with meat between bread.
The new restaurant is named Hen and the Goat. As Smith describes it, the restaurant will be a mix of elements found at places like Caviar & Bananas, Butcher & Bee, and Artisan Meat Share. They will sell items like a pork belly grilled cheese and a salad with roasted shrimp, feta, and poblano. Smith says it’s Northern meets Southern ingredients. Smith recently hired Kyle Schmidt to work as sous chef.
Smith and Schmidt are currently putting the finishing touches on the interiors at Hen and the Goat. Smith describes the restaurant as “industrial farm house.” The address will have an outdoor patio and will be dog-friendly.
Hen and the Goat should be ready to open by the end of the month.