Uni Bar Closed

They started out doing noodles — but no one came. They switched to sushi — and still no one came. Mere days after The Post & Courier awarded them a 3 1/2 starred review, Uni Bar in West Ashley closed their doors for good.

Proprietor Jen Kulick, who ran the sake/sushi bar with her husband Michael, said they just weren’t able to make it work. They’ll go back to solely running Voodoo, their cool tiki bar a couple doors down in the Avondale shopping center, which has never had trouble attracting a crowd with its gourmet tacos and exotic cocktail menu.

The space is still under lease by the folks over at Andolini’s, so let’s hope they’ll put it to good use in the near future. —Stephanie Barna

Vegas Baby

He’s done it now. Chef and restaurateur Louis Osteen has gone and staked a claim for Southern coastal food in the Disney World of cuisine. Louis’s Las Vegas and Louis’s Fish Camp Las Vegas will officially open on Wed. Nov. 14. The two restaurants were designed by local architect Reggie Gibson, who used indigenous materials and local elements to give the place a distinctively Southern feel.

Now fat tourists can stop by South Carolina after a jaunt to the mini Eiffel Tower and the fake New York City and find such dishes as shrimp and grits, she crab soup, pan-fried whole baby flounder, and an oyster BLT. But Osteen says his restaurants are geared toward locals — not tourists — because the restaurants are not in a casino. Instead, they’re in Town Square, a new development with a “main street theme.”

Hopefully the locals will like Southern food, ’cause the Fish Camp seats 350 and has two bars, including Zelda’s Bourbon Bar, which will have mint juleps and flavored teas. The whole concept of Louis in Las Vegas is very intriguing. Might be time for a research trip. —Stephanie Barna