It’s been nine months since Robert Carter left Peninsula Grill, and he says it’s been good for him. He’s been able to relax, spend time with his wife and young sons, and really think about what he wants to do next. To that end, he’s found a place to exercise his talents. He is taking over the former Jacob’s Kitchen in I’On and transforming it into Carter’s Kitchen.

The restaurant will offer refined, good food at casual prices. “The idea is to come into my kitchen, and let’s have a snack,” says Carter.

A casual, tavern menu will include snacks like crispy okra chips with tomato aioli or crispy chicken gizzards with brandy ketchup. For dinner, there will be choices like wild mushroom farro with grilled leeks, braised kale, and caramelized onion broth. Carter’s Kitchen will also be open for brunch, with items like bruleed grapefruit with vanilla sugar and bacon-blue cheese Benedicts.

Carter is launching this venture on his own. He says the inn maintains ownership of the restaurant, but he will have complete control over staff, food, pricing, and management of Carter’s Kitchen. “I’m really excited,” he says. This Saturday, he’ll be hosting a fundraiser for the I’On Trust at 148 Civitas St. and the restaurant is scheduled to open to the public on Feb. 23. For more information, call (843) 284-0840.

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