The Vendue Renovating Public Areas (Drawing Room)
New Restaurant- Revival– Opening at East Bay & Vendue Range
(Charleston, SC) – The Vendue, Charleston’s Art Hotel, will undergo a minor renovation and reorganization of its public spaces beginning in January to provide a better guest experience. The renovation includes expansion of the lobby into the current Drawing Room restaurant space and relocating the hotel’s restaurant to the corner of East Bay and Vendue Range. The new restaurant will be named Revival. The Vendue will also use this time to renovate its kitchen in order to better serve the hotel. While the kitchen is under renovation, guests will still be able to have wine and cocktails at the Drawing Room bar.
Despite being voted the “#1 Hotel in Charleston and #9 in the U.S.” by Travel + Leisure in 2017, the owner and operator of The Vendue, Avocet Hospitality Group, listened to its guests concerns regarding additional space to enjoy the hotel’s artwork.
While both The Vendue and Drawing Room have been very well received, we believe we have an opportunity to create and even better guest experience by creating a lobby lounge and moving the restaurant to the corner of East Bay and Vendue Range.” said Jonathan Weitz, owner of Avocet Hospitality. “Our guests told us that we were missing an area where they can gather after a day of touring Charleston and relax with a glass of wine or cocktail. As a formal restaurant, Drawing Room did not meet that need of our guests.” said Weitz.
Avocet hired LS3P Architects and Hill Construction to develop a plan of moving the restaurant space to the corner and creating more of a lounge area adjacent to its current lobby.
Ownership heavily debated whether to move the name “Drawing Room” to the corner space or to rename the restaurant. “Ultimately, we decided to retain the Drawing Room name for the lobby lounge, given the design of the space. We therefore created a new name for our restaurant that has been evolving under the leadership of Executive Chef, Forrest Parker.
The new casual restaurant will be named Revival – a name suggested by Chef Parker due to his commitment to restoring and utilizing ingredients historically found in South Carolina. Chef Parker also provides a modern take on historically well-known recipes from South Carolina’s past. The menu will focus on ingredients and dishes that have some historical significance in Charleston and/or South Carolina.
The additional lobby space and new restaurant are slated to open in Spring 2018.
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