Lowcountry residents seriously suffer from #historiccityproblems. Yesterday when news spread of a Civil War artillery shell being found at a College of Charleston construction site, the typical Twitter response we saw was, “Another one? Meh.” Apparently interest in America’s bloodiest conflict tends to wane when remnants of the war coat this city like spilled she-crab soup.

But what did get our attention was the shell’s location: The Sylvia Vlosky Yaschik Jewish Studies Center’s (96 Wentworth St.) new kosher/vegan dining hall. Well, we checked in this morning with the leader of the $1 million project, ethical eating proponent and CofC Jewish Studies director Martin Perlmutter, and he says Air Force officials safely removed the shell and construction has continued.

“We’re still on schedule to open Nov. 1, 2015,” Perlmutter says.

Now that the project is getting closer to completion, Perlmutter also reports that details of the cafeteria are coming together. “My hope is that it’ll be a regular retail facility on the meal plan and that it will integrate town and gown, so people of the city can eat here too,” he adds.

In our original March 2013 story on the cafeteria, Perlmutter shared that the dining hall would “try to be sensitive to the way food is produced — locally, environmentally sensitive, and humanely.” And while CofC’s kosher population is relatively small, Perlmutter hopes this new option will encourage prospective students who keep kosher to consider the College, as well as offer choices for the growing vegan/vegetarian student contingent. 

Given the openings of health conscious places like vegan-motorcyle restaurant Motobar and gluten-free bakery Sweet Radish Bakeshop, the addition of this dining hall seems right on (Charleston’s typically late to the party) trend.