Taco Boy — Numero Dos

Tim Mink and Karalee Nielsen, the real brains behind such cool concepts as Poe’s Tavern, Raval, Taco Boy, and Monza, are expanding their restaurant empire with a new Taco Boy slated for the northern reaches of the peninsula. You’ll be able to see the Huger Street location from the big bridge when you’re coming to and from Mt. Pleasant. Tim Mink says the old Beam warehouse (for those who remember the space when it used to be the site of punk rock shows) will be rehabbed using sustainable concepts and green materials, like a 50-foot chimney with a power-generating windmill and a water collection system. They’re working with architect Kevan Hoertdoerfer to make their new Taco Boy a reality. Mink says it will be pretty similar to the Folly Beach location, but will have a more urban vibe. For those of us stranded in the wilds of the upper peninsula, this pioneering stake is good news indeed. They hope to be open around May 2008. —Stephanie Barna

Guerrilla Cuisine

The first round of Guerrilla Cuisine dinners last month was held at Irvin~House Vineyards on Wadmalaw and featured local produce prepared (and farmed) by McCrady’s stable of chefs, including exec. Sean Brock. The organizers were pretty excited with the reception they got and are plowing ahead with their next dinner. On their website (guerrillacuisine.com) they’ve posted some sketchy details about the Sunday, Dec. 16 event: “the guerrilla is back, somewhere west of the ashley … $50 per person + BYOB & this time, bring seat cushions to sit on. the art is bad ass. live prints ($5) … the music will have you shaking!!!” If you missed out last time around, don’t make the same mistake again. This is a one-of-a-kind event and sure beats starting a supper club with your friends who don’t know how to make much more than a box of mac and cheese. —Stephanie Barna

Random Food News

Turtles Raw Bar has closed on Long Point Road. Social has a new chef — Mark Kaufman — who moved over from Magnolias banquet operations. The Charleston BB&T Food and Wine festival is looking for vendors, volunteers, and recommends giving tickets for Christmas presents. They’ve announced their lineup of chefs and authors. (Ruth Reichl from Gourmet caught our eye) and have released their new poster, designed by Jason Fletcher. Charleston Grill was named as a top restaurant (and the only one in S.C.) in The Robb Report, a magazine for rich people that we’ve never read. But hey, that’s good news for them. And finally, Firefly Vodka has followed Chef Louis Osteen out to Vegas, where the S.C. hooch will hopefully find an eager audience. —Stephanie Barna