Gwen Fowler



Check out Hominy Grill's new expansion

Posted 8/10/2011 9:23:00 AM

About 35 more diners can sit now to enjoy the Southern specialties of Chef Robert Stehling at Hominy Grill in Charleston.

Thanks to a renovation that began last April, the restaurant has an additional seating area, two new bathrooms, a small foyer, and a new entrance on the side through the patio.

Stehling chose to use part of the old patio space for the addition.

The new dining area is a light-filled room that fits perfectly with the old dining room. It has beadboard walls, wooden floors and art that looks as if it came from a vintage food can.  The new area also has acoustical ceiling tiles that look like the pressed tin ceiling in the older section.

The new bathrooms mean that for the first time, Hominy Grill has more than one restroom.

The smaller patio will serve as a place for diners to wait during busy times or enjoy a cocktail outside. The old bathroom has been turned into a bar/service window where you can order.

The patio also has a new mural by Charleston artist David Boatwright, who also painted the very cool painting on the side of the restaurant with a 1950s-looking waitress, Rosie, and the words, “Grits are good for you.” The new one, inspired by a produce label,

The patio was closed in early April for the new section to be built. Then the restaurant was closed completely from July 11-July 21 to finish the job.

Stehling opened Hominy Grill 15 years ago, and he is the chef who began Charleston’s recent three-in-a-row streak of winning the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef-Southeast award. He won it in 2008; Mike Lata of FIG won it in 2009; and Sean Brock of McCrady’s and Husk won it in 2010.