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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Charleston Restaurant Week

 

Photos courtesy of Red Drum Restaurant, who will be announcing their Restaurant Week Menu soon!  

One of my favorite weeks in Charleston is right around the corner!  Restaurant Week – Wednesday, September 5 through Sunday, September 16. With 12 days of delicious deals available at over 100 of Charleston’s most renowned restaurants, this is a great time to get out and sample our local eats!

And as if that was exciting enough… for the first time, Charleston Restaurant Week is partnering with Charleston Beer Week! Select restaurants will be offering a special brews to top-off their Charleston Restaurant Week menu. How cool is that!!

For a list of restaurants participating in Charleston Restaurant Week, to view menus and to make reservations, click here.