Despite a mandatory evacuation order from South Carolina governor Henry McMaster, many Charleston restaurant and bar owners have chosen to stay put while waiting for Hurricane Florence to hit the coast.
Last night, locals gathered at bars along Upper King, like Proof, the Belmont, the Rarebit, AC’s Bar and Grill, Prohibition, and the Rec Room for cold drinks with friends. Most of these bars have a reputation for staying open during natural disasters, but even newcomers like Uptown Social, Bootleg Tavern, the Brick, and King Street Dispensary were pouring into the night.
This morning, Daps Breakfast & Imbibe is pouring $3.50 Flo-mosas. The Harbinger has coffee. Shi Ki will have sushi for lunch. Edmund’s Oast has offered deep discounts on beer and wine this week.
Normandy Farm Bakery owners Mike Ray and Ben Johnson are set up at their new-ish project One Broad with hot dog tacos, burgers, and a $500 trivia prize tonight. Other Broad Street mainstays — Blind Tiger and Fast & French — have also vowed to stay open. On the other side of town, Renzo and Faculty Lounge will serve a limited menu tonight. Semilla will stay open as well.
Off the peninsula, more restaurants have informed Eater they will remain open today, like Congress, the Obstinate Daughter, Wild Olive, the Shellmore, and BeardCat’s.
Sichuan pop-up Kwei Fei plans to open tomorrow.
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