For over a year now we've been trying to track down details on Chef Damon Wise'
s next project.
A year ago Wise, the former chef de cuisine of Andrew Carmellini's New York City French brasserie Lafayette, moved to Charleston. At the time we heard that he might be opening a restaurant near the Charleston Children's Museum. After all, the Charleston Regional Business Journal
reported that back in August 2014 a company by the name of W-Buck LLC had leased 7,283 square feet of restaurant at 36 John St. — and Wise's business partner is Jonathan Buckley of Brand Innovation Partners
, a firm specializing in branding and property development.
Today Buckley confirmed that the restaurant will go into 23 Ann St., Suite A
, the former South Carolina Rail Road freight depot, across from the museum, and just behind The Best Friend of Charleston train exhibit.
Last month Wise posted a logo of something called Wise Buck on his Instagram page. We found the following Wise Buck restaurant description on Brand Innovation's website:
"This restaurant revives the romanticism of what food is through its rustic and refined cooking. Lead by esteemed chef Damon Wise who has contributed to the success of some of the most highly respected restaurants in New York City and has worked alongside some of the world’s greatest chefs, bringing outstanding service and quality to the city of Charleston, and serving as a new standard for cuisine to the entire South East."
However, Buckley says, contrary to that copy and the instagram post (below), Wise Buck is not the name of the restaurant. Instead, it's his and Wise's holding company for a number of projects. As for the official name of this first restaurant, that has yet to be announced.