Charleston-based Beemok Hospitality Collection (owners of the Charleston Place hotel) and chef Michael Mina’s Mina Group opened Italian restaurant and market Sorelle (88 Broad Street, Charleston) on Wednesday, February 15. The establishment stretches over three historic townhouses, which have gone through extensive renovations to create a jaw-dropping background for the restaurant.
The first floor contains the market, or Mercato, which is open during the day and serves Lamill coffee drinks and breakfast items like a fingerling potato frittata or mascarpone and Nutella toast. For lunch, the shop offers sandwiches ranging from meatballs and ricotta to chicken and broccoli rabe, as well as salads and Sicilian-style pizza by the slice. Gelato, wines, craft beers, and dry goods are also available. Most items are made to grab and go, but there is a communal table and window seating in the bustling space.
To the right of the market is the handsome marble U-shaped bar, focusing on amaros and Italian wines. The bar opens at 4 p.m. and serves the full dinner menu at 5 p.m. The menu focuses on southern Italian cooking, which means arancini stuffed with bolognese, pasta-baked branzino, ricotta tortelloni with prosciutto, and much more.
Above the bar room is a pizza counter, chef’s counter, and the main dining. The groups worked with Meyer Davis Studio to create an elegant space that is sure to house the most coveted tables in Charleston (reservations appear to be booked through April already).
The market opens Tuesday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; the bar opens Tuesday through Saturday, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and the restaurant opens Tuesday through Saturday, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.