Chef and restaurant adviser Nathan Thurston has worked magic before. He lured rising star chef Bryan Cates to Básico and when The Americano was floundering after its opening chef left, it was Thurston who stepped in, reworked the menu, hired new staff, and got the Mt. Pleasant spot cooking once again.
But his latest task could be his greatest feat yet. Thurston was hired to revamp the panned Union Provisions (513 King St.)
and today he's revealed his plan — relaunch the space as The Darling Oyster Bar
If you're thinking "What the shuck, don't we already have lots of oyster bars?" you're right. The Darling will join a handful of raw bar spots on the peninsula including 167 Raw, Pearlz, Hank's, Amen Street, Leon's, and, of course, The Ordinary. But Thurston says The Darling's full menu will offer something for everyone, both bivalve curious and not.
“Our vision is to become this neighborhood’s go-to spot for locals and visitors alike,” says Thurston. “While there are many great seafood options in the Charleston area, we see a real opportunity for an expansive raw bar and relaxed dining option on Upper King.”
The renovated space will feature a 14-seat bar, new menu, and new cocktail program. The restaurant plans to open late fall.