Miss Kitty's Fine Foods was a mainstay meat-and-three joint up on Morrison Drive, serving port workers blue plate specials for decades. They went out of business last January, leaving behind a great opportunity for a pioneering restaurateur looking for lower rents, decent parking, and a lo-fi kind of setting. We heard a Cuban-themed sandwich shop would be opening last March, but it never materialized. Now we hear that Jennifer and Michael Kulick, the duo behind Voodoo and the former Marie Laveau's in West Ashley, will be moving in, and we can't think of better neighbors to have up here in the 'hood (CP offices are located at 1049 Morrison Drive, a mere block away).
Jen tells us that she and her husband will transform the old Miss Kitty's into the Tattooed Moose, a pub/deli kind of place that will feature a stuffed moosehead behind the bar and a menu full of classic deli sandwiches made with Boars Head meats on good bread. We're talking Reubens, hand-cut french fries (cooked in duck fat), good beer on tap, cheap beer options, and cheap shots too (could be dangerous for the City Paper crowd).
"It's going to be a pub and deli — like a real deli," says Jen. "All fresh ingredients, all high-quality ingredients ... We may even go as far as to add more exotic ingredients like tongue and liverwurst."
They're planning for it to be open for lunch, happy hour, dinner, and late night too with live music.
"Hopefully it will be doctors, next to longshoreman, next to tattoo artists, next to strippers, etc." she says. We're not sure about the doctors, but she can expect to have plenty of editors, writers, advertising salespeople, graphic designers, and newspaper deliverers hanging out with the bikers.
What you probably won't see much of is vegetarians, since the decor will be heavy on the carnage.
'There'll be dead animals all over the walls," says Kulick. "Behind the bar, we'll hang a big taxidermied moose, with deer heads and all the other stuff. We're going to try to keep an old, '70s-style bar look, you know. We'd like to fill in that neighborhood bar kind of niche that I think needs to be there for all the residents and business in the area. That's kind of our forté."
They're shooting for a mid-March opening. You can bet we'll be there with the welcome wagon.