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Charleston Staple Nana’s Seafood & Soul to Close November 20

Owner Kenyatta McNeil says they will keep the food trailer going

Exterior of a restaurant.
Nana’s Seafood & Soul announced the closure on Friday.
Nana’s Seafood & Soul
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

Mother and son team Carolyn and Kenyatta McNeil have served Gullah Geechee classics at Nana’s Seafood & Soul (5117 Dorchester Road, North Charleston) since July 2011, but now it’s time for a break. “Twelve years is a long time,” says Kenyatta, “I think we are going to just live a regular life for a little bit.”

Nana’s announced the closure on Friday, November 4, thanking fans and confirming that the last day for the restaurant will be November 20.

Kenyatta says that he and Carolyn will keep the Nana’s food trailer going though, and fans of the garlic crabs and fried whiting should keep an eye on social media and Street Food Finder for times and locations. He also says that they will be concentrating on bottling the Nana’s sauce and pineapple tea.

The original Nana’s Seafood opened at 176 Line Street in 2011 and quickly became a Westside staple. The McNeils expanded to the North Charleston location in 2019 and closed the downtown address in 2020.