Way, way back in the summer of 2014, Eater tracked the progress of a barely standing building, at 237 Fishburne St., soon that was slated to become a deli. A year later, longtime Charleston chef John Zucker (Cru Cafe and Catering) took over the project. Finally, in 2017, there’s word that the Fishburne project will finally come to fruition this spring, but as a neighborhood bistro named Purlieu or P237 for short. The name comes from the definition “a piece of land on the edge of a forest” but also nods to the Lowcountry dish pilau or purloo.
Executive chef Jeff Williams will be in the kitchen and beverage director Jacob Fuhr will curate the beer and wine selections. The menu will include “European-inspired flavors and dishes such as Ouefs en Cocotte, Chicken Liver Mousse with Crème Sherry and Braised Lamb Neck with Herb Dumplings.” Williams and Zucker want to blend traditional European cooking with Lowcountry classics.
Look for Purlieu to open this spring.