Husk Greenville, likely the most anticipated restaurant in the Upstate in the last 18 months, opens today at 5 p.m. in the renovated former grocery and department store at 722 S. Main St.
Originally 4,400 square feet, the two-story addition off the back, which houses the kitchen downstairs and offices, storage, and restrooms upstairs, brings the restaurant to almost 7,000 square feet. The addition was strategic in order to keep the integrity of the historic brickwork and allow guests to enjoy the original architecture and two large murals, rather than have them engulfed by the kitchen, said David Howard, president of the Neighborhood Dining Group, which operates the four Husk locations.
Howard said people have commented to him throughout the process that they’re glad the murals running the length of the entire right wall, both upstairs and downstairs, remained intact.
“Are you kidding me? That’s why we chose this building,” Howard said.
Upon entering at the far left of the building, guests will see the 36-foot, 18-seat bar. To the right is the main dining area, including a 10-seat chef’s table immediately in front of the open kitchen and an additional five four-tops and three two-tops. Upstairs, roughly 72 seats are available between a mixture of square four-tops and round six-tops.
Husk’s widely acclaimed hyperlocal culinary approach extends beyond the food to the art displayed. On the first-floor wall opposite the mural, two paintings by New York City artist Simon Cooper represent Greenville’s success as the “Textile Center of the South” in the early 20th century. Upstairs are three Cooper paintings depicting Vardry McBee (considered by many to be the “Father of Greenville”), the Reedy River, and Nathanael Greene, Greenville’s namesake. Two large cabinets loaded with pickled vegetables also add a splash of color to the brick wall.
Husk Greenville’s hours of operation are 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 5-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Beginning Dec. 4, the bar will open at 4:30 p.m., seven days a week. Lunch and brunch service will be added in January 2018.
photos by Will Crooks