Tuesday, August 5, 2014
There has been a buzz around town about Art's Bar and Grill, the long-running eatery and hangout in Mount Pleasant. Art's has a new look and chef, plenty of new menu items and a probable appearance on the Food Network.
Proprietor Kent Frits has been running Art's Bar and Grill since 2002 when he and his wife Lisha purchased the business. Over the last 12 years, they have developed a loyal clientele of local and visiting patrons who've enjoyed fresh local foods, hot wings, steamy seafood, cold beer and live music.
Over the last six months, Kent and his team have overseen extensive renovations to the restaurant. The fresh atmosphere offers a destination to those looking for a neat local spot to enjoy a hearty meal, share a small plate or sip a fresh beer and flavorful cocktail.
“It was a complete remodel, from top to bottom,” Frits said. “I'm super happy with the results. The place now fits the personality and food. It's welcoming, comfortable, fresh and never pretentious.”
Last October, they welcomed Mount Pleasant native and former executive chef of the Boathouse on the Isle of Palms, Chef Aaron Greenberg. Greenberg expanded the menu to feature a variety of new shrimp, salad and seafood items.
Frits explained, “We have always had great food, but Aaron will allow us to push our food quality up to the next level”
Frits and Greenberg added weekend brunch to the schedule from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday.
These days, Art's locally sources as many of their key products as possible, including fresh local shrimp from legendary East Cooper shrimper Wayne Magwood.
“I'm proud of the fact that we purchase over $50,000 worth of local products every year” says Kent. “That's the way businesses used to behave. ... Putting as much money back in to the local economy as possible”.
The food quality has gained national attention as well. Last month, the Food Network came to Mount Pleasant and spent a great deal of time tasting and filming the local shrimp dishes at Art's. The footage will likely be used in a pilot for a new show.
Art's is located at 413 Coleman Blvd., halfway between Shem Creek and Moultrie Middle School. It's open for lunch and dinner Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. The late-night menu is available all week from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
Call 843-849-3040 or visit www.facebook.com/ArtsBarandGrill for more information.