[embed-1] Uptown Social partners Keith Benjamin, Kara Graves, Bryn Kelly and Kat Moore are bringing New York flavors to Charleston with Bodega, a new concept serving the breakfast sandwiches you might expect to find at a Manhattan shop. Starting Thursday, Bodega’s full menu will be available at Uptown Social.
[content-1] “Our inspiration behind this concept came to life right after we all moved to Charleston in the winter of 2017/2018,” Benjamin said. “We quickly realized that there were no true New York City-style bodegas and we desperately missed our favorite breakfast sandwiches which could be ordered and picked up in less than five minutes.”

[image-1] Executive chef Alec Gropman’s menu replicates that of a Manhattan-style bodega, featuring everything from the classic bacon, egg and cheese to more inventive sammies like The Smokey Swine, a combination of pulled pork, eggs and pimento cheese. There are also staple lunch sandwiches, pastries (don’t miss the Nutella cookie) and a Bodega Bloody Mary. In true New York City fashion, all of the massive sandwiches come on thick house-made kaiser rolls.

Benjamin said he wants customers to enjoy Bodega outdoors on their new patio, but he also envisions folks ordering the takeout-friendly sandwiches to-go.

“We really believe that there is no better food than some stellar sandwiches to take on the boat or to the beach. I have found myself looking for that quick grab-and-go breakfast option and couldn’t think of a better way to go than a Bodega breakfast sammy,” Benjamin said.

Bodega’s initial opening hours will be Thursday through Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. According to Benjamin, the group plans to start the concept as a residency at Uptown Social with plans of moving the operation to a brick-and-mortar location sometime in early 2021.

“There will be a time that we move Bodega to a home of its own but for now, it will have its own indefinite residency at 587 King Street,” Benjamin said.