By Liz Segrist and Patrick Hoff
Edmund’s Oast opened its brewery-restaurant concept Saturday in the Pacific Box and Crate development at 1505 King St. Additionally, The Harbor Entrepreneur Center will move out of BoomTown’s space at the development and into its own offices on the campus next month.
The Raven Cliff Co. renovated an existing warehouse facility and built two other buildings to create the 130,000-square-foot, mixed-use project along Upper King Street.
The last remaining square footage at the development was recently leased, Michael L. Wooddy of the Raven Cliff Co. said in an email, though he declined to name the company.
A month after opening a new retail store on Morrison Drive, Edmund’s Oast has expanded again with a brewery less than a mile from the store and restaurant.
The 20,000-square-foot Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. was inspired by the popularity of beers that brewing director Cameron Read was producing at the restaurant, said Timmons Pettigrew, director of group operations.
When everything is up and running, the brewery will have over a dozen Edmund’s Oast beers on tap and will be canning several beers.
“We wanted to be able to provide those beers to a wider audience and give folks the opportunity to experience Edmund’s Oast not just on-site, but at other establishments and even at home,” Pettigrew said.
The brewery will have a full kitchen with a wood-fired brick oven and a Polish smokehouse, as well as wines and cocktails, which Pettigrew said helps set Edmund’s Oast Brewing apart from other Charleston breweries.
The brewery was originally supposed to open for a Charleston Beer Week event on Sept. 11 before opening to the public three days later, but Hurricane Irma changed those plans.
“The safety of our staff and guests, and their families, is of paramount importance, so we had to make some hard calls ... when the forecast was pretty dire,” Pettigrew said.
Instead, the brewery opened to the public on Saturday and the Beer Week event was held Monday.
“We rallied and had a killer opening weekend that was delightfully free of hurricane drama,” Pettigrew said.
With Edmund’s Oast Exchange and the brewery now open, Pettigrew said the company is focused on nurturing the new brands while still taking care of the original restaurant, “which is really the keystone of all things Edmund's Oast.”
The Harbor Entrepreneur Center, a Charleston-based nonprofit focused on growing the region’s tech and startup community, will move into a 7,000-square-foot space within the development in October.
The Harbor’s new headquarters, announced last year, will consolidate the company’s existing operations along King Street and in Mount Pleasant. The organization signed a five-year lease for its second-floor space, which includes private offices, dedicated desks, flexible workspace, meeting rooms and open areas.
John Osborne, The Harbor’s director and co-founder, commented on the move in a news release: “To have an anchor facility in a nationally recognized development for the next five years is a terrific win for entrepreneurship in our region. I know our entrepreneurial community will leverage this facility in ways I can’t predict and create amazing companies in our region.”