Chef Anthony Smith and Chef Taylor Bishop will open the doors to Chef’s Kitchen near Lake Wylie on Oct. 1. Starting at 11 a.m., the new Clover, South Carolina, restaurant and banquet facility will begin serving patrons in their indoor and outdoor spaces for brunch, lunch and dinner. The space was formerly occupied by The Cove and prior to that, River Rat.
To celebrate the grand opening, there will be a DJ playing on Oct. 2. The festivities will take place on the patio from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Reservations can be made using OpenTable.
“I never thought we’d be opening a restaurant. This is a dream come true,” Bishop said.
“I can’t wait to open,” Smith said. “I’m very anxious.” This location complements the duo’s South End Chef’s Kitchen space, which offers catering and takeout.
As for the menu, think upscale fusion with hints of American, Southern and Italian inspiration. Entrees start at $18, and seafood lovers will find lobster, crab, shrimp, salmon, crawfish and scallops featured heavily throughout the menu.
Here are five menu items that caught our eye:
Lobster and Crab Cakes — lobster citrus rice with crab cakes and asparagus — recommended by Smith
Lobster and Shrimp Scampi — linguini, lobster and shrimp tossed with spinach and tomatoes in a lemon herb white wine sauce — recommended by Taylor
Chicken Piccata — Herb roasted chicken on top of a bed of roasted potatoes and asparagus, drizzled in a white wine, lemon and caper sauce
Chef’s Ribeye Steak — 14 oz. steak perfectly seasoned and grilled with mashed potatoes and asparagus
Scallop and Shrimp Caponata — seared scallops and shrimp with sweet potato mash and roasted carrots, topped with a sweet and tangy caper sauce.
In addition to the restaurant and banquet space, which features two full bars and a 25-seat patio, Chef’s Kitchen is situated on seven acres of land. Bishop and Smith plan to use this expansive space to host events and chefs tables.
5301 Highway 557, Clover, SC; and 1422 Winnifred St., Charlotte
Hours: Open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.- 10 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.- 11 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays will feature a brunch menu (11 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. on Sundays).