King Street staple the Macintosh closed its doors back in March, but the Indigo Road restaurant group hinted that something new was already planned for the space. Later this summer, 479 King Street will reopen as Maya, a Mexican restaurant with coastal influences.
Indigo Road tapped chef Brett Riley, formerly of Casa Publica in the North Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, to head the kitchen. Riley previously worked at other New York-based Mexican restaurants like Dos Caminos, Empellón, and Claro. He was the executive chef at Casa Publica and says that the menu for the forthcoming Charleston restaurant Maya will look similar.
Riley says that the in-house tortillas will be the backbone of Maya. The kitchen will source corn from Mexico to make the masa for the tortillas. The menu will be heavy on tacos, with each taco having its own identity — for example, Riley says the carnitas version will take on a Veracruz style with escabeche, chicharrons, and salsa verde.
Once open, Maya will serve dinner and late night food seven days a week, with brunch on the weekends.
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