Gwen Fowler



Chef Osteen returning to restaurant in Pawleys

Posted 2/8/2012 11:45:00 AM
Chef Louis Osteen soon will be cooking again in Pawleys Island.

He has become partners with the owners of Sanford’s Southern Fried Smokehouse, which will be renamed Louis’s at Sanford’s when it opens in mid-February.

Osteen, who spent years at restaurants in Pawleys Island and Charleston and who won the James Beard Award for best chef in the Southeast in 2004, played an important role in popularizing Lowcountry cuisine.

“I am thrilled to return to Pawleys, and to cook in the Lowcountry with its bounty of produce and seafood and game, and to my long time friends here,” Osteen said in a Jan. 26 news release. “When I think of a place called ‘home,’ it’s always been Pawleys Island for me."

Osteen and his wife, Maureen, opened the restaurant at the Pawleys Island Inn in 1980 before moving to Charleston in 1989 to open Louis’s Charleston Grill at the Charleston Place Hotel. He returned to Pawleys Island in 2002 to open Louis’s at Pawleys and the Fish Camp Bar.

In 2007, he opened two restaurants in Las Vegas. In 2008, he closed Louis’s at Pawleys, and that site is now the home of Nosh. His Las Vegas restaurants closed later in 2008.

In summer 2010, he became executive chef of Hospitality Development Group in Nashville, working with three of the company's restaurants.

Some of the foods that will be on the menu at Louis’s at Sanford’s will be familiar to those who dined at his previous South Carolina restaurants: she crab soup; preserved duck with creamy grits, lump crabcakes with grained mustard seed sauce; and short ribs braised with Wadmalaw sweets.

Two other favorites from Louis’s at Pawleys will be making a comeback. His skillet fried chicken will be served for Sunday lunch again, and his homemade pimento cheese will be complimentary at the bar during happy hour.

Osteen’s partners are the owners of Sanford’s Sourthern Fried Smokehouse: Dwayne Christen and Rodney Long of Pawleys Island and Steve Timmons of Greenville. Sanford’s opened in January 2011 and has specialized in smoked meats. According to the news release from the Osteens, the menu will still include a Smokehouse section.