According to TheWeddingReport.com, in 2013 Charleston held 4,233 weddings at an average cost of $24,920. Is it any wonder then that developers Dean and Lynn Andrews (owners of Zero George and Pippin Hill Farm in Charlottesville, Va.) saw an opportunity at 103 Spring St., the former home of Eye Level Art
The Andrews, in addition collaborators Anne and David Dabney, have transformed the former gallery into Cannon Green, a posh restaurant and event space and last week we got a first look.
From the three-door Spring Street entrance, guests will walk directly into Cannon Green Cafe where chef Amalia Scatena will head up the kitchen (as well as on-site events). The light-filled restaurant looks out onto Cannon Green's courtyard. A side wall however, reflects the past with the facade of the former building, front door and all. Dinner guests will be able to use the old door to find the restrooms. Restored wood tables (are there any other?) will also fill the space for a casual/upscale look.
Outside on the courtyard there are dueling reflecting ponds complete with fountains spraying small arcs of water. A vertical garden hangs on the wall. At the very back of the courtyard, is a large event space built in the on-site 1800s warehouse — the support beams and majority of brick columns are original — and it can hold 150 for a seated dinner with space for a dance floor.
Now you might be thinking, "Great, but what about parking?" Cannon Green has secured a lot on Rutledge with 40 spaces, but that's it at the moment. Plans for possible valet service are in the works.
As for the opening of the restaurant, we're told the first weekend of December is on the books. Chef Scatena is developing a menu that will reflect her Italian culinary studies with Mediterranean influences.