The Hall family has been renovating the old Artist and Craftsman’s Supply location on Upper King Street for many months, and they’ve set a tentative opening date of their Halls Chophouse[image-1] for Feb. 5. Last week, the Halls announced the hiring of Executive Chef Scott Blackerby, who is coming to our steamy corner of the world from the cool climes of the Pacific Northwest. He was raised in Florida and says Charleston is a great town that should inspire his culinary creativity, which he says is Nouveau American with an Italian influence.

Blackerby has done stints at Nana Grill in Dallas, Atlanta’s Peachtree Café and Veni Vidi Vici, Tulipe in Los Angeles, Seattle’s Edgewater Hotel, Bambara in Salt Lake City, and most recently at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Oregon. Because it’s a chophouse, the menu at Hall’s will center around Prime steaks.

Halls is located at 434 King St. For inquiries and reservations, call (843) 727-0090.