Major Culinary Endeavour Announced in Charleston’s NoMo (North Morrison) District
Owners of Popular Beer Exchange Businesses to Open New Restaurant Concept--Egan’s Oast--in Up-and-Coming Area this Fall
CHARLESTON, SC – April 24, 2013—Some of the area's most forward thinking business leaders are joining forces to open a major culinary establishment in one of Charleston's most exciting new neighborhoods. Building on the success of their popular Beer Exchange retail stores in both Greenville and Charleston, Scott Shor and Rich Carley will create a restaurant unlike anything in the area. Egan's Oast* is positioned to be the next big culinary offering to the market as it focuses on craft beer and a progressive menu by one of the area's rising culinary talents—Chef Andy Henderson.
Henderson, a FIG and Local Mission Eatery (San Francisco) alum, will be teaming with the beer experts to create a thoughtfully sourced menu that is seasonally inspired and ever changing. Henderson's philosophy is far from pretentious and his focus will be on creating dishes that go hand-in-hand with the expansive beverage program. He brings an in-depth knowledge and experience with whole animal butchery and bar friendly items to accommodate. Vegetarians and seafood lovers need not despair, as the menu will feature some fresh locally sourced and even custom grown items just for the new restaurant.
One of the key focal points will be the onsite brewery, creating the restaurant's many artisanal, uncommonly found beers by Brewer/Beverage Director Cameron Read. One of the only brewery based restaurants in the area, it will also have a carefully curated beer program featuring guest taps from the best local, national and international brewers, all served from a state-of-the-art draft dispensing system and a specialty/reserve bottle list. The restaurant will also have a variety of thoughtfully chosen wines and cocktails developed with local and house made ingredients.
Estimated to accommodate approximately 130 guests inside, the interior will feature an open kitchen with chef's counter seating for an up close view of the action and house cured meats hanging over head. There will be an expansive bar, communal tables and front patio seating all being designed by Charleston architect Dan Sweeney of Stumphouse Architect + Design.
The outside will be as exciting as the interiors with the focal point being the city's first German style beer garden filled with trees and abundant seating, perfect for the beautiful outdoor weather of the Lowcountry. Parking onsite will be plentiful.
"We wanted to create a place that we would want to go to," stated Shor. "A place that provides a relaxed, easy going environment but one that was serious about good beer and beverages and hadamazing, quality food." Carley added, "Egan's Oast combines all of our passions into one place and we hope to provide an experience like no other found in Charleston."
*Why Egan's Oast? The name is as good as the concept. Edmund Egan was an English-born brewer who came to Charleston in the 1760s and started producing beer soon after. He had great success and donated large amounts of money to the American Revolution, earning him the name "The Rebel Brewer". Oast is an old European term for a kiln used in the drying of hops. Together the two make the name Egan's Oast.
To learn more in the coming months, visit www.egansoast.com or follow on twitter at @egansoast.
1081 Morrison Drive
Charleston, SC 29403
Expected Opening: Fall 2013
Owners/Managers: Scott Shor, Rich Carley
Brewer/Beverage Director: Cameron Read
Chef: Andy Henderson
Developer: RavenCliff Company, LLC
Architect: Dan Sweeney, Stumphouse Architecture + Design
Builder: Lennon Construction Company
Seating: Approximately 130 inside, 24 at bar, 28 on front patio, capability for 200+ in German Beer Garden
Hours: Monday to Friday, 4pm-2am. Saturday/Sunday 11am-2am.
Parking: 170+ parking spaces in nearby lots
More about Charleston Beer Exchange and Owners Scott Shor and Rich Carley
The Charleston Beer Exchange opened in 2008 and was the first exclusively craft beer retailer in South Carolina and paved the way for the explosive popularity of selling growlers of beer to go in the state. Scott Shor and Rich Carley have spent the last six years growing the Charleston beer scene. They have organized various high profile beer events, and co-created Brewvival, the premier beer festival event in the region.
In 2010, they expanded with a second location in downtown Greenville, SC. Both The Charleston Beer Exchange and The Greenville Beer Exchange consistently rank amongst the top two beer retail stores in the world by internationally renowned industry website RateBeer.com.
Long time devotees of the retail stores can rest assured they will stay as strong as ever, being left in the capable hands of long time managers Brandon Plyler and Zachary Shollenberger.