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Four months after opening Wise Buck restaurant, the first in his 23 Ann St. Scarecrow & Co. restaurant trifecta with business partner Jonathan Buckley, Chef Damon Wise says he’s out.

On Friday, Sept. 23, the Post & Courier reported that Buckley had confirmed Wise’s departure adding that Ray England will now take over as executive chef.

As you can imagine other changes are in the works. According to P&C, Buckley was pushing for a tiki bar to takeover the smoked meats theme at Wise Buck but has pumped the brakes on that idea thanks to input from friends.

Instead, Feathertop (which City Paper reviewed last month) will evolve into a more casual restaurant, while Wise Buck will offer take-out from Scarecrow which is slated to open on Oct. 8.

So what of Wise? The chef — whose reputation as chef de cuisine of Andrew Carmellini’s NYC French brasserie Lafayette and executive chef position at Tom Colicchio’s Craft preceded him — now finds himself without a job. 

City Paper reached Wise for comment and he shared the following:

“I am very appreciate of the Charleston community for their support and deeply proud of my team, the food we put out, and the hard work of everyone at Feathertop and Wise Buck Smoked Meats. I wish Jonathan the best with the project moving forward.”

Wise says he’ll stay in Charleston but has no definitive plans to announce right now. 


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