[image-1]For 17 years Charlotte Jenkins cooked up traditional Gullah food from 1717 Hwy. 17 N. in Mt. Pleasant. Now those days are over. The chef’s Gullah Cuisine restaurant has been shuttered, closing on Oct. 15.

We did a drive by this morning and all signs of the once busy restaurant and buffet have vanished with the exception of one lone two-top table.  

Jenkins confirms she was not able to meet the financial cost of the space. But, fried chicken and okra gumbo fans, take heart. The chef — who’s won Charleston City Paper’s Best Soul Food and Best Dirty Rice awards — says her catering company CJ’s Catering Service is still in operation from an industrial kitchen. “I’ll be doing catering and private chef stuff,” Jenkins says.