Please be aware that the new chef at Fish is named Nico Romo (not Rico Nomo). He’s French (not Italian). Also, Tyler Florence’s Palmetto Bluff Lowcountry Celebration takes place Nov. 16-18 in Bluffton. See for more details.

Restaurant News & Notes

The press releases have stacked up in recent weeks, so instead of crafting pithy blurbs about each and every newsworthy happening in town, we’ll fast forward to the need-to-know info.

Chef Doings: Boathouse Chef Ryan Herrmann appeared on CBS’ Early Show on Sept. 11, the morning after he cooked Southern coastal seafood at the James Beard House in New York with his fellow Crew Carolina chefs (Charles Arena from Boathouse at Breach Inlet, Jeremiah Bacon from Carolina’s, Craig Ashman of Carolina Catering, and Jeff Lanzarro from Boathouse on Lake Julian).

Mike Lata of FIG and Ken Vedrinksi of Sienna will also make appearances at the James Beard House on Oct. 12, cooking as part of the “Small Towns. Big Flavors” night. Chefs from across the Southeast will pair up to highlight their area’s specialities. Speaking of Lata, he’ll head to Longboat Key, Fla., for the 18th Annual Stone Crab, Seafood, and Wine Festival Oct. 25-28.

Tristan Chef Ciáran Duffy and his novelty chef cam (i.e. a camera mounted on his head that’s broadcast on the web every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night) were featured in the October issue of Gourmet. He’ll head to Vallarta, Mexico, to be featured as a guest chef at Le Kliff during the Festival Gourmet International, Nov. 8-18.

Winnings: Poogan’s Porch received the 2007 Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator.

Summerville Pitmaster Russ Cornette of Smokin’ Coles took home top honors for his ribs at the Berkeley BBQ Cook-Off held Sept. 28 in Moncks Corner. You can buy his barbecue dry rub and sauce at

Kiawah’s Sanctuary was named the number one U.S. resort hotel by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Resort, a travel newsletter that has 25,000 affluent subscribers.

Closings, Openings, and Expansions: Live Oak Cafe closed at some point over the summer. We forgot to let you know. The Maybank Highway space is up for sale if you’re looking for a new opportunity. The Fat Hen sure is killing it out there on Johns Island, but there’s plenty of room for competition.

Cereality across from Marion Square closed its doors. Apparently, there weren’t enough people out there interested in eating $4 bowls of sugary corn pops in the afternoon. A few doors down, the new Starbucks looks to be ready to rock that corner in a few weeks.

The McCrady’s folks have secured the recently vacated City Bar space on Faber Street (right behind Charleston Cooks!). They’re being tight-lipped on their plans, but let’s hope they keep pushing the envelope on our local cuisine scene.

Andolini’s in North Charleston on Rivers Avenue has finally opened. Stop by for a slice (11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily).

The new Moe’s Tavern has opened in the old Jimmy Dengate’s on Cumberland Street. Word has it that it’s a fantastic space with the same cozy feel as the Hampton Park location.

Manny’s Neighborhood Grille in West Ashley has opened a new franchised location in Statesboro, Ga. First Georgia, then the world. Hey, why doesn’t somebody put a Manny’s out there on Johns Island in the old Live Oak spot? Call Michael Stavrinakis for franchise information at (843) 769-5848.

Savory Market has reopened to the public out on Maybank Highway. Crediting the revitalization of the little Terrace Shopping Center as their inspiration, sisters Traci and Angie Colyer have stocked the shelves with locally grown and produced products — from Celeste Albers’ eggs to Legare Farms items — but the big draw is the sisters’ own specialties: tomato pies and homemade chips. They also have to-go dinners available each weeknight.

A new soup joint, Ladles, will open its doors this October on Bees Ferry Road in the Bi-Lo shopping center.

Wheeling and Dealing: Daily Dose on James Island has taken up some new hours. Duffy Ingle says they’ll be serving lunch Mon.-Sat from 11 am.-4 p.m. with free area delivery until 2 p.m. They serve dinner on Thursday and Friday nights with live music and lots of high gravity beers to enjoy.

Downtown, Muse on Society Street will be open on Sundays during the fall and will feature half-price bottles of wine.

Whew. Now don’t say we didn’t tell you.

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