OAK EXPANSION UNDERWAY
At a luncheon two weeks ago, chef/owner Brett McKee announced his plans to expand Oak Steakhouse and his hopes of attracting the CEOs and the secretaries by having more economical prices. Stumphouse Architecture + Design has already gutted the space next door at 15 Broad St. They plan to knock out the arched doorways downstairs to connect the two spaces, enlarging the bar and the kitchen, and highlighting the bank vault room by turning it into a chef’s table. McKee returns to his Italian roots for the 15-item menu, featuring items like lasagna, manicotti, fragula stew, meatloaf, and roasted chicken, all of which will be priced at $15 and will no doubt help make the friendly bar scene at Oak become even more happening. They’re shooting for a Jan. 15 opening. —Stephanie Barna
DO THE DOG CATCHER
There’s no need to sulk when you’re sent to the doghouse anymore. The Dog House, North Chuck’s new hotdog-slinging, ice cream and beer-serving restaurant, opened Labor Day weekend next to Park Circle Coffee & More. Park Circle Coffee knocked down its walls a while ago to make way for the Dog House, and the two restaurants share the same kitchen. Dog House manager Dwayne Proctor says they have yet to find the perfect weenie, but they’re having a taste test with a panel of judges to find it. Until then, customers can still chow down on turkey, veggie, kielbasa, and all-beef dogs with toppings like chili, bacon, and guacamole. The Dog House also has live music and a full bar, and they’re open until 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Look out for their grand opening coming soon. —Alison Sher
THE ROLL ALSO RISES
The Rising Roll across from Marion Square has closed. The Atlanta-based sandwich franchise opened downtown in 2005. For personal reasons, owner Alan Head has decided to shut down the Charleston location. Head still has a Rising Roll in ATL. What’s going to take over the space is still unknown. —Alison Sher
OUT WITH THE FU,
IN WITH THE NEW
Charleston is about to be hit by a big wave. Tsunami, the Japanese sushi/steak house is adding two new locations, one in West Ashley and one in Columbia. The Tsunami in West Ashley is replacing the Mama Fu’s on Sam Rittenberg Boulevard. If you want to choose from Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, and Korean cuisine on the same menu, the Mama Fu’s in Mt. P is still ready to wok ‘n’ roll. —Alison Sher
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON
Papa Zuzu’s King Street location is long gone, but it has left a bit of its legacy behind. Papa Grill is officially open for business. The menu is strangely reminiscent of Zuzu’s. Papa Grill serves up gyros, hummus, and chicken caesar pitas. They’ve got burgers and wraps too. The only things missing are ripe tomatoes in the windowsill and those delicious pita pizzas that were loved so well. —Alison Sher
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