Sometimes it takes a group effort to replace a star behind the bar. 

Edmund’s Oast bar director Jayce McConnell is dialing back his responsibilities, so the downtown restaurant and brewpub has announced it will introduce a new quarterly cocktail menus starting Oct. 1, when William Elliott and Steven Rhea of award-winning Brooklyn raw and cocktail bar Maison Premiere will visit Charleston to help curate the new selections. 

According to Edmund’s Oast owner Scott Shor, replacing McConnell would be nearly impossible, so the restaurant decided to tap a cast of renowned out-of-towners to create a “guest section on the list, featuring originals or revamped takes on the classics.” New bar manager Vince Cellini will oversee the series Shor dubbed “Born to Die,” a reference to the fact that the drinks will be gone once the next menu cycles in.


“Maison is truly my favorite cocktail bar in New York City — they’re some of the best of the best,” Shor said. “They have full creative control to do whatever they want.” 

Guest cocktail menus aren’t new to Charleston, but Edmund’s Oast will set itself apart by actually bringing its cocktail-creators to Charleston for a few days each quarter. In January 2022, look for drinks from Kimball House (Georgia) partner Miles Macquarrie, and acclaimed Danish bartender Selma Slabiak will take over in spring 2022. 

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