Charleston industry vet Brooke Warden wants to bring classic regional Mexican cuisine to Cannonborough/Elliotborough with forthcoming restaurant Pink Cactus. Located in the former Nacha Mama’s space at 101A Spring St., the restaurant will be a convivial and affordable addition to the neighborhood. Warden says there will be plenty of handmade tortillas, mezcal, and tequila.
Warden, who currently works at fine dining staple Charleston Grill, tells Eater that it has always been a dream of hers to open a restaurant. However, she says that she put that idea on hold because of the volume of other establishments opening in the area. When the Spring Street property became available though, she couldn’t pass it up.
She’s currently finalizing ideas and hiring kitchen staff. Warden heads to Oaxaca, Mexico, soon for research.
The name Pink Catcus comes from Warden’s research in creating a visual motif for the restaurant. She says the atypical cactus color is a rarity, a truly unique species — which is how she thinks of her concept, “It’s something that Charleston hasn’t seen yet,” she says.