A Transformed Cintra

Cintra has closed, but in its place a whole new concept has sprung up. Owner Jeff Cobb and Chef Thomas Clayton have reinvented the Market Street restaurant, creating a cozy dining room that serves contemporary American fare and a swanky lounge that has its own menu. Cobb purchased Cintra about six months ago with the intention of shutting it down and redoing it, but the New Jersey transplant decided to let the restaurant roll along for a while as he got acclimated to his new town. Last month, he decided the time was right and closed the doors, remodeled the interior, revamped both menus, lowered prices, and renamed the place 16 Market. The offerings range from fried calamari and seared scallops to duck breast and pork loin. Cobb says he wants his restaurant to be a place that people come back to often and expects a younger crowd to make their way to the lounge, which still has a big martini menu. —Stephanie Barna

Country on King

Chicken livers, fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese — from the looks of the mouthwatering menu at their new restaurant Virginia’s on King, Holy City Hospitality is giving the crowds what they want — good old-fashioned Southern food. Virginia’s takes over the old Uptown Diner spot (née Bookstore Café) located at the plum corner of Hutson Alley and King Street, next door to the decrepit old library, which will soon be turned into a hotel by Bennett Hofford, the same group that owns Holy City Hospitality (Rue de Jean, Coast, Good Food Catering). The restaurant did a soft open a couple weeks back and is serving lunch, supper, and Sunday brunch. We’ll be stopping by soon and probably ordering the chicken and dumplings (it’s been a long time!). —Stephanie Barna

New Joints West Of

West Ashley is seeing a proliferation of new venues. The Kickin’ Chicken is finishing up details on its new Sam Rittenberg location. Chicken fans will soon be able to find their favorite buffalo chicken sandwiches in all areas of town. Just down the street on Sam Ritt, an equally aggressive chicken chain — Zaxby’s — has opened its fifth Charleston area location. And in the new Publix shopping center near the turn off to Johns Island, another Five Guys burger joint has opened. If you haven’t tried their burgers and fries, you owe it to yourself to stop by and eat up. These babies are good — a definite contender for this year’s Best of Charleston. (By the way, the balloting has begun. See the ballot in this week’s issue on p. 57.) —Stephanie Barna