On Sunday, June 18, chef de cuisines Philip Powers (Lewis Barbecue) and Ray England (Juan Luis) unleashed their Jewish deli pop-up, Pigeonhole, on the diners at fancy cafeteria Workshop. With the Juan Luis stall regularly closed on Sundays, Powers and England took the opportunity to test their menu.
Many Charlestonians have long-lamented the lack of a decent bagel and lox option in downtown. Huger Street store North Central Delicatessen set up as a New York-style deli last year, offering smoked salmon on New Jersey bagels (among other breakfast and lunch options), but apparently residents want more, as the lines at Pigeonhole stayed steady yesterday.
For those not in attendance, Pigeonhole returns next Sunday, June 25, for another takeover at Workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Though, proof of every menu item, from every angle, lives on Instagram right now. Over the weekend, feeds were packed with photos of everything bagels with lox, pastrami on rye, chopped chicken liver, and sufganiyot (an Israeli jelly doughnut) from McCrady’s pastry chef Katy Keefe. Here are a few of the top posts.