Gwen Fowler



Renovated Charleston City Market opens with old, new offerings

Posted 6/27/2011 9:40:00 PM

By lunchtime on the opening day of the Charleston City Market’s Great Hall, two new restaurants there were doing a brisk business.

Food for the Southern Soul and Caviar & Bananas are among 20 businesses that opened Monday, June 27, in the newly renovated section of the popular downtown shopping area. The enclosed, air-conditioned section is part of a $5.5 million makeover of the City Market.

At the Food for the Southern Soul Cue-osk, owner Jimmy Hagood and two employees were serving customers pork barbecue or beef brisket sandwiches, and a variety of BlackJack sauces and rubs were available for sale.

Hagood has been in the barbecue and catering business for years, but this is his first barbecue restaurant. His Food for the Southern Soul includes BlackJack Barbecue, Tidewater Foods & Catering, and his own lines of Southern food products, Charleston Favorites and Rockland Plantation.

For Caviar and Bananas, the market eatery is a second location. The first, at 51 George St., opened in 2008, and offers prepared meals, sushi, sandwiches and salads, charcuterie and cheeses. The new restaurant offers gourmet sandwiches and salads, and an espresso and tea bar.

Some of the businesses in the new area have been operating at the market for years, including Gita's Gourmet, which sells snacks, jellies, and other gourmet items.

More than 100 vendors operate at Charleston's City Market, which dates back to the early 1800s.