Longtime Doar Bros. bar manager Megan Deschaine has moved 200 feet north on Meeting Street to lead the beverage program at Little Palm, a restaurant/bar located in the brand new Ryder Hotel.
Located at 237 Meeting St. in the space previously occupied by the King Charles Inn, the Ryder Hotel was designed by local firm Cortney Bishop and is described by Forbes as “a playful bohemian offering for visitors seeking a convivial atmosphere in this historic South Carolina city.” The hotel features a cafe and restaurant/bar called Little Palm, an open air oasis that has a long indoor/outdoor bar overlooking a small pool.
Little Palm is under the Gin & Luck hospitality group umbrella — the group is known for cocktail bar Death & Co., which has locations in New York City, Denver and Los Angeles. “Gin & Luck executes and oversees all of the F&B for the entire property in addition to Little Palm,” a spokesperson said.
Look for South Beach vibes at Little Palm, which serves more than 10 craft cocktails like the “Places & Spaces,” a combination of pineau des charentes, mezcal, guava, lemon juice and cinnamon. For food, patrons can expect a medium sized menu of snacks and larger plates such as chickpea panisse, local oysters, Atlantic shrimp and more.
Deschaine joins the Little Palm team after over a decade in the beverage industry at 492, The Macintosh and Doar Bros., among others. She’s the president of the United States Bartender’s Guild, a member of the Charleston Chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier and has competed in multiple national cocktail competitions over the years, winning the “Make It Exotico” grand prize in New Orleans in 2017.
“It’s bittersweet to share, but my time with the Doar Brothers family is coming to an end,” Deschaine wrote on Instagram. “Working at this bar has been so enriching, and professionally and personally gratifying. The friends I have made while working there, I will cherish for the rest of my life. But for all chapters that close, another one is started, and I am very excited for what is to come.”
Little Palm Bar is open daily from 5-11 p.m., but it will eventually expand its hours to open at 11 a.m.. For more information, visit littlepalmbar.com.
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