A&E’s number one show, Flip That House, filmed at the Charleston Crab House last week. Show creator and Charlestonian Richard Davis and his team invaded the James Island restaurant to give the aging interior a face-lift. “I told them we weren’t ready for it and they said ‘well, we’re gonna do it anyway,'” said Crab House owner John Keener. Since they’ve been friends for over 20 years, Keener gave into Davis after little convincing. “I totally trust the work Richard’s doing,” said Keener, who sounded anxious about the changes. The 15-year makeover, as Keener is calling it, coincides nicely with the restaurant’s 15-year anniversary. According to Keener, A&E will air the episode in 4 to 6 weeks; in the meantime, Crab House patrons are invited to come in and enjoy the restaurant’s new flipped image and menu staples at 145 Wappoo Creek Dr. —Kinsey Labberton


Local raw bar patrons will be glad to hear that the TBonz restaurant group has finally opened the much-anticipated Pearlz, a place for reasonably priced fresh seafood located at 157 East Bay Street. “We’ll have hot and cold appetizers and seasonally updated raw bar,” says Emmy Teague, Pearlz marketing director. The casual atmosphere is family and tourist friendly. To find out more go to or call 577-5255. —KL


Controversy’s bubbling like a bottle of Kristal over at neighborhood café Bull Street Gourmet, located at 60 Bull St. Following the discovery of overlooked zoning laws, owner Michele Ghastin has come under fire. According to Ghastin, the store’s original business license is in direct violation of a 1994 zoning of the property. Current hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and subsequent wine and beer sales license allegedly conflict with the ’94 zoning agreement allowing hours of only 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and no on-premise alcohol intake. With the cancellation of multiple zoning board hearings, Ghastin has been required to meet with the neighborhood to plead her case and face opponents (read: noise complaints). In a recent e-mail, the small business owner told neighbors, “I am simply asking to keep doing business as I have for the last two plus years … it is not changing zoning, just a variance.” As for the sound issues, what with the cafe’s diminutive size, early closing hours, and exceedingly (dare we say alarmingly) chill atmosphere, clearly it’s not Bull Street Gourmet but the 15,000 perpetually inebriated 18-25-year-olds within a two-block radius who are to blame for the late night rabble-rousing. Fight the Power. Contact Ghastin at 697-0804. —KL

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