The Post House Is Now Open!

An Old Village favorite has come back to life!  I am thrilled to learn that The Post House is officially opened for business!

The Post House is comprised of a ground floor tavern and bar and seven cozy hotel rooms on the second and third floors. Additionally, the “Rose Room” is a private events space located on the second floor, overlooking charming Pitt Street. Designed with both the local and visitor in mind, Post House is a blend of historic charm and modern amenities.The Post House team consists of owner/operators Kate and Ben Towill of Charleston-based design and hospitality firm Basic Projects (Basic Kitchen); Executive Chef Evan Gaudreau (Renzo); and Property GM Jonathan Bentley (Obstinate Daughter).

The restaurant is a casual, lively, and family-friendly spot serving simple and seasonal contemporary American food. Influenced by the region, Gaudreau’s menu features an array of seasonable snacks, raw bar options, fresh pastas, as well as local seafood, sustainably raised meats and plenty of vegetarian dishes. A James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef nominee in 2019 and Eater  Charleston Chef of the Year2019 Gaudreau was most recently chef at Renzo and has spent the past several months working the land with local farm Spade + Clover. A Boston native and Culinary Institute of America grad, Gaudreau brings an immense love of food culture, anthropology and sharing great meals to Post House.Post House’s beverage program is a celebration of both old and new, bringing together spirit-driven classics and seasonally-inspired libations, as well as a varied, approachable wine list with bottles from all over the globe.

Built in 1896, 101 Pitt Street has a long-standing history as a neighborhood hub,housing a restaurant and inn for many decades.The space underwent a top-to-bottom renovation, in which the fitst-floor layout was reimagined by moving the bar to face Pitt Street, while the main dining room moved to the back, open to the outdoor courtyard. Kate Towill served as lead designer for the project, outfitting each space uniquely in stylish and functional antiques, vintage rugs, playful fabrics, local art, archival wallpaper and handcrafted fixtures. Inspired by travels to laid-back,seaside inns around the world, Towill brings both whimsy and character to the beloved building.

The inn at Post House opened on Monday, August 24 and features seven distinctly decorated rooms, a relaxing home away from home for staycationers and travelers alike. With oversized windows, original wood floors, fully renovated bathrooms, comfy beds, bespoke robes, and locally-curated mini bars, each Post House room features plenty of charm and comfort.

Post House is opened for dinner service starting August 22, with weekend brunch following soon. To make a dinner reservation, visit Resy. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday, 5 to 10 p.m. For hotel reservations, visit theposthouseinn.com. For more information about Post House, follow along on Instagram at @theposthouseinn.

The Power Of Thor! Helping “Hammer Out” Doggy Homelessness!

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Meet Thor, winner of Red’s Ice House Pup Bowl.  Thor will be gifting his prize ($250) in appetizers and hosting an adoption event & fundraiser for LowCountry Animal Rescue.  Event will be held on Sunday, March 1 from noon-4pm at Red’s Icehouse on Shem Creek.

LowCounty Animal Rescue will have pets at the event for adoption! Everyone is welcome and we look forward to  seeing you there!

Follow the event on Facebook by clicking here! 

 

Meet Helen Hall of Blender Bomb!

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Welcome Helen Hall to the neighborhood!  Helen is the owner and creator of Blender Bomb (BlenderBomb.coman Omega-3 Rich Smoothie Boosters designed to make your smoothie the ultimate meal replacement!, and Hustle Smoothie Bar (hustlesmoothiebar.com), as well as Hushup X Hustle (www.hushupxhustle.com).  “Blend ’em” in your smoothie,”Break ’em” over your bowl, or “Bite ’em” for a snack.

A note from Helen:  “The fuse was lit in 2017 when I created Hushup X Hustle: a lifestyle brand intended to share my wellness journey. The HxH mission began after I gained an unwelcome 30 lbs (oops!) countered with fad diets, and exhausted myself with two-a-day workouts. Determined to lose weight, I found balance through replacing one meal a day with a B.B. smoothie and practicing an 80/20 plant-based lifestyle. Born out of my kitchen the Blender Bombs became my ‘go-to’ addition for every smoothie.” We opened Hustle Smoothie Bar in Mount Pleasant and Downtown, where we serve the blender bomb smoothies and other items that fall into the 80X20 plant-based lifestyle. Stay tuned for our upcoming brands that make it easier for people to be a little healthier and cleaner. Tipsy Spritzers, is a low ABV organic sparkling spritzer, that launches this year. 80X20 is a brand that provides healthier alternatives to your favorite items which include food, beauty and lifestyle products. This brand is launching within the next couple of months.

Plans Announced for the Former Old Village Post House

Basic Kitchen team reveals plans for former Old Village Post House in Mount Pleasant

Charleston area residents have grown inured to the openings of high-end hotels with signature restaurants, but Kate and Ben Towill are inverting the model by opening “a restaurant with rooms” on the site of the former Old Village Post House.

The Towills, best known locally for developing Basic Kitchen in downtown Charleston, plan to open The Post House Restaurant + Inn at 101 Pitt St. in the first half of 2020. In addition to seven rooms, the property will feature a dining room with an outdoor courtyard, private event space and street-front bar.

Ben Towill says the decision to relocate the bar from the back of the restaurant has unsettled some former Old Village Post House customers who were fond of the dimly-lit hideaway. But he’s assured them that his overarching aim is to move the historic building’s best features out of the shadows, and to better integrate the restaurant with its surrounding neighborhood.

“We’re trying to open it all up,” Towill says.

To that end, the Towills have already swapped out plain plate glass for greenhouse-style windows, and knocked out the ceiling which loomed over the one-time Captain’s Room. Currently, the building looks like a walled-in construction site.

“What started as just a refurbishing turned into a full renovation,” Towill admits.

When the project’s finished, Towill says, the restaurant and hotel components should flow together seamlessly. He compares the intended setup to old English pubs offering beds upstairs and hearty meals below. For example, he envisions hotel guests checking in at the main host stand and taking their breakfasts in the barroom, as opposed to the secluded second-floor nook where guests started their days during the Old Village Post House era.

Menus haven’t yet been worked out, but Towill imagines the restaurant will serve a fair amount of fresh seafood in a nod to nearby Shem Creek, as well as burgers and salads.

“Because of where we are, we’re super sensitive to price point,” he says.

Towill isn’t complaining. “We heard this was coming on the market, and it’s very rare that something like this comes up,” he says. Still, “I don’t know if I would have jumped on it if it had been downtown.”

Built in the 1880s, Old Village Post House in 1984 was redesigned as a restaurant and inn. Hall Management Group, which took over its ownership with the 2015 purchase of Maverick Southern Kitchens, sold it to local investors in February 2019.

Hanna Raskin
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Make Your Next Event SUPER COOL! Call Brian with Ice Age Ice Sculptures!

Thinking about how to take your event to the next level?  I found the secret!  Call Brian with Ice Age Ice Sculptures and let him help design something special.  He is super talented, professional and let’s face it… he’s cool  Here are some samples of his work, and to learn more, check out his website at IceAgeIceSculptures.com!

SAY CHEESE!!

Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse, Family-Owned and Operated by our OV/ Old Mt. P Neighbors, Pete and Heather Holmes!

Our products are hand poured, cultured, mixed, molded, salted turned and wrapped all by hand.  Our line of wholesome cheeses inspire the joy of mindfully eating and supporting local, healthy, and artisanally produced foods.  Our cheeses are all crafted and aged on location in Charleston, SC.  Our products are made exclusively using Hickory Hill Milk, a low temperature pasteurized, non homogenized pasture fed cows milk.

Collections of cheeses include, Camembert/Brie like cheeses, Cheddar Curds, Whipped cheeses, Fresh mozzarella & Burrata

Available for sale in Mount Pleasant:

  • Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
  • Whole Foods
  • Publix
  • Greenwise Publix

On the menu in Mount Pleasant:

  • Grace & Grit
  • The Grit Counter
  • Tavern & Table
  • The Obstinate Daughter
  • The Beard Cat
  • Also available at an array of local restaurants through the Low Country

Production facility and retail shop:  2457 Ashley River Rd – Suite 3 – Charleston (West Ashley)  To learn more, visit CharlestonCheeseHouse.com

And on Facebook at Charleston Artisan Cheesehouse – Twitter & Instagram: Chscheesehouse

Blessing of the Fleet- April 28th

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Looking for something fun to do on Sunday, April 28th?

The 32nd Annual Blessing of the Fleet & Seafood Festival is right around the corner, and it is so much fun! Held at Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, the festival pays tribute to Mount Pleasant’s local shrimping and fishing industry, offering a boat parade, live music, craft show and lots of free activities with the picturesque Ravenel Bridge and Charleston Harbor for a backdrop! It doesn’t get much better than this!

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Here is the Schedule of Events for the day:

11:00 am   Opening Band

12:30 pm   National Anthem, Mayor’s Welcome

12:50 pm   Blessing Procession on Pier

  1:00 pm   Boat Parade & Blessing of the Fleet

  2:00 pm  East Coast Party Band

  3:30 pm  Shrimp Eating Contest

  4:00 pm  Shag Dance Competition

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For more information, click here.  Hope to see you there!

WHERE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD?!

Lacy Bryant was the first to write in with the correct answer! These are the singing characters at the Pickled Palate located at 411 Hibben Street.  Congrats to Lacy, who won a gift card to Vintage Cafe.  Thank you to everyone who participated in the Village Connection “Where in the Neighborhood” game!

 

Old Village/Old Mt. Pleasant Trivia Night at Red Drum- Oct 1st!

It’s back!  And I a so excited for this exciting event!

Grab your friends and test your local knowledge, as I host Old Village/Old Mt. Pleasant Trivia Night at Red Drum Restaurant!

 Oct 1st from 5-6:60pm at Red Drum Restaurant!  Super fun trivia all about our neighborhood and surrounding areas.

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