Cooking School News
Last Friday, Mayor Joe Riley announced the exciting news that The Art Institute, one of the nation’s largest art colleges, will be opening a location in Charleston next summer. The school has acquired a long-term lease in the Carol building located at East Bay and Market streets. The location is perfect for the institute’s culinary program, which will be the main focus of the Charleston campus. The Art Institutes are usually found in much larger cities, but Charleston’s culinary prominence convinced the Institute it would be the perfect location for a “destination campus.” Hank Holliday, owner of Hank’s Seafood Restaurant and Peninsula Grill, could not be more excited, “Everyone in the hospitality industry is ecstatic.” According to Riley, negotiations with the Art Institute started when Johnson & Wales announced it was closing its campus three years ago. Riley said that the new college is “a great achievement for Charleston … having The Art Institute here, Charleston will have the best offering of culinary training in the country.” —Elle Lien
Stuck on Sticky
Chad Walldorf, Sticky Fingers co-owner, confirmed reports that they had made a deal with an equity partner in an effort to grow the chain. Quad-C-Management will take care of growth so that the original Sticky Fingers owners can stay close to home while still satisfying a demanding public. “Jeff, Todd, and I are still co-owners of the company and will be very involved in its future. In fact, we’ll be way more involved here in town — we’ve been in over our heads since we started in 1992, and now we’re psyched to be getting some help so we can deliver on some promises we’ve made to our employees. There has been a lot of interest from Sticky fans for us to open in their towns and lots of fired up Sticky employees that want the chance to be an operating partner of their own restaurant,” says Walldorf. “We think there is plenty of opportunity out there, but we’d probably screw it all up if we tried to keep growing all by ourselves.” —EL
A new restaurant from Raval and Poe’s Tavern owner Leboutillier Associates is making its way to Folly Beach. Taco Boy, which will be located in the old Shag Club location, will offer a delicious array of Mexican street foods. Na’ cho’ typical taco, Taco Boy’s food is real deal Mexican. Fresh guacamole and seasoned meats as well as quality margaritas — frozen, fresh, or on the rocks — will be served up in the stylish new digs. Taco Boy manager Kevin Grant describes the restaurant as, “the perfect place to come after a morning on the beach. Have a couple of tacos a la carte and a nice cold drink, then head back out to the beach.” Taco Boy plans to be open for business by the middle of June. —EL
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