One of the hottest restaurants in Charleston, consistently named on “best of” lists, is coming to Greenville’s West End.
Husk Restaurant will open its third location (the second is in Nashville) at 722 S. Main St.
James Beard award-winning celebrity chef Sean Brock and David Howard, president of the Neighborhood Dining Group, which includes Husk, are bringing the ingredient-driven Southern cuisine restaurant to Greenville with plans to open this fall.
The designs and plans are still in the early stages, said Howard, but he envisions hand-painted murals on the walls, a main bar and dining room with an open kitchen on the first floor and a large dining space on the second floor. Howard said they “fell in love with the architectural details” of the 4,500-square-foot space, which has been vacant for a few years.
The location and building are perfect for Husk, Howard said. Its two other restaurants are housed in old buildings in thriving downtown locations. Plans for at least two other restaurants/bars in the building near American Grocery have fallen through in recent years. One was to be called the Whiskey Hotel, which would have featured a large neon sign, and another would have been a bar and restaurant with a small music venue.
VIEW // Photos of Husk Restaurant’s exterior
Brock and Howard said they were attracted to Greenville’s emerging culinary scene. “It’s not quite as mature as Charleston but it’s heading that way and we’d like to be part of that,” said Brock. Howard added that the foot traffic and business climate is “spectacular” and he has visited many times and finds the city “very unique.”
The menu in Greenville will be “similar but different.” Menus change daily, depending upon what’s in season. “We’ll maintain classic dishes, but it will be its own restaurant,” said Brock. “What’s cool about the concept and theory of Husk is that it’s a celebration of the diversity and uniqueness of the South, and different regions have their own voice based on the traditions, history and flavors of the region.”
Brock and Howard have already begun reaching out to local farmers and vendors in the area. “Once the secret is out, then we can really do our research and start interviewing everyone and start digging to find out the traditional foods of the region,” Brock said.
Brock will be responsible for the menu and creative, but a chef de cuisine will be hired for day-to-day operations. Husk is expected to employ approximately 60 people and be open for lunch and dinner.
For more information, visit huskrestaurant.com.
Pete Brett of Coldwell Banker Commercial Caine represented the Landlord/Owner of building, Iron horse Estates, LLC.
Husk’s menu changes daily and is driven by the market. Check out today’s offerings here.
A sampling of Husk awards
2010: Brock wins James Beard “Best Chef Southeast”
2011: “Best New Restaurant in America” – Bon Appetit magazine
2014: “One of the 12 Most Outstanding Restaurants of the year” – GQ magazine
2014: “Best New Restaurants in America” –Esquire
2015: “The 18 best burgers in America” –Timeout
2013, 2014 and 2015: Brock named a finalist for James Beard “Outstanding Chef”