Restaurateurs Charlotte and Frank Jenkins opened Gullah Cuisine in Mount Pleasant in 1997 and later went on to write Gullah Cuisine: By Land and By Sea. The restaurant sadly shuttered in 2014, a few years after Frank passed, with Jenkins citing the costs associated with the space were too high.
Jenkins continued as a caterer and private chef, all the while continuing to be a leading expert in Gullah cuisine. Now Jenkins will be associated with forthcoming Gentry Bar & Room. She will join the restaurant as a chef consultant and Gullah specialist. Gentry announced last month that chef Marvin Woods would be the executive chef of the Upper King eatery.
Additionally, Olin Cramer will join Gentry as the beverage director. Cramer last worked with Cannon Green and Striped Pig Distillery, developing cocktails.
Gentry should be ready to open this spring at 276 King St.
To learn more about Jenkins, watch this video interview from Southern Foodways Alliance.