Damon Wise, the former chef de cuisine of Andrew Carmellini’s New York City French brasserie Lafayette (who we’ve been tracking here, here, and here), has announced his 23 Ann St. project. Wise and business partner Jonathan Buckley will open new restaurant group, Scarecrow & Co., which will operate three separate concepts: Scarecrow, Feathertop, and Wise-Buck Smoked Meats.

The projects, which will all be opening in the old train depot, will have three distinct focuses, we’re told.

Scarecrow will have a “vegetable-driven” menu and an open area to watch Wise work on a wood-fired grill. In a move that’s seemingly tailored to please exhausted parents leaving the Lowcountry Children’s Museum across the alley, we’re also told Scarecrow will include an outdoor wine garden. 

Feathertop, a press release explains, is “named after a playful tale of a scarecrow come to life, written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1852.” A lighter fare menu will include local fish, pastas, and seasonal vegetables with wines all priced under $65. Feathertop will also have a pick-up window for coffee and wine. 

The pair’s final concept is Wise-Buck Smoked Meats. This will feature “slow-cooked meat dishes, market-driven sides and a canned wine and beer program in a lively atmosphere.” Again Buckley and Wise promise an expansive patio area here too. 

Wise-Buck Smoked Meats is expected to open in May with the other two restaurants opening shortly thereafter. 

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