[image-1]The day Charleston’s rum aficionados have long awaited is finally here — Cane Rhum Bar & Caribbean Kitchen is officially set to opens its doors Aug. 2 at 4 p.m. at 251 E. Bay St., the space formerly occupied by Big John’s Tavern.

Chef Paul Yellin, the man behind the East Bay eatery, hasn’t been shy about his plans to return Charleston to its rum roots and offer locals a taste of authentic Caribbean fare. When last we spoke with Yellin, he talked about sharing the flavors and feel of Barbados, while providing an alternative to the “bourbon and bacon” that holds such prominence in the local food scene.

“How many barbecue places can there be? How much pork belly can you eat? The fact that Cane is here and people are excited is because they want something new. They want something different,” he said. “As a chef being in the hospitality industry for so many years, it’s very confusing for me and very aggravating when I go out and see the same menu everywhere, literally everywhere. It’s a copy of a copy of a copy. The owners are trying to make everyone happy. Someone asked me if I was going to do wings. No, go to Hooters. Why would I do a burger? Husk does a burger, and that’s great for Husk, but that’s not what we eat in the Caribbean. Everybody has a taco. Everybody has nachos. Nobody is doing this.”

Those hoping to peruse Cane’s lengthy rum list can check that out below, as well as get a look at Yellin’s take on authentic Caribbean street food.

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