As Hurricane Ian made its way to Charleston today, many area restaurants and bars closed up shop in anticipation of heavy rain and wind. Organizations across the Lowcountry began announcing on Thursday, September 29, that they would not be opening today.
Hip Italian restaurant Renzo took to Instagram to announce it was closed on Friday, but urged fans to come out ahead of Thursday’s storm. Southern spot Husk wrote, “We will be CLOSED on Friday, September 30th, for the safety of our staff members and guests. We will re-open on Saturday, October 1st.” Harken’s Quaint cafe told fans, “Harken will be CLOSED tomorrow (9/30) to ensure our team is safe for Ian’s arrival here in Charleston. We hope to be open during our normal hours on Saturday but we will keep you updated if that changes! Be safe, friends.”
Others took a different approach however and remained defiant in the face of the hurricane. Cocktail bar Proof announced it will stay open with “power, ice, booze, beer, wine, filtered water, phone chargers” and maybe ramen from 2Nixons. Dive bar Recovery Room said it will be hosting a whirlwind party all weekend. Wood-fired restaurant Frannie & the Fox, in the Emeline hotel, said it would remain open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday. Other hotel establishments, such as Little Palm at the Ryder and Black Door Cafe at the Mills House, are also open.
From 5 am on Friday, September 30, a flash flood warning is in effect for central Charleston County and Berkeley County high tide until noon.