"We think Charleston and the Kanawha Valley and fans of Blossom will be pleased with the menu we're presenting and the chef we've selected to deliver that menu," Nester said. "We think they'll be pleased with the way in which we've sought not only to preserve Blossom, but also to connect past and present fans of Blossom by reintroducing some traditional dishes that haven't been here in decades for the past generations."
Diners will recognize some familiar faces on Blossom's floor and in the open kitchen. The owners hired back staff members whose exemplary service has been a hallmark of Blossom.
Initially, Blossom will be open for lunch only, as the owners test the dinner market with private functions in the evenings. "We'll start slow and focus on making Charleston lunch," Nester said.
Grover plans to build on what he sees as the strength of the old Blossom, which was its reputation as a place to come for a consistently good lunch. Menu prices will be comparable to those listed at the time of the restaurant's closing in September.
"We want people to come in and have a good meal," Grover said. "At the end of the day, I want to put good food in front of them."
Blossom will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., although Nester said closing time will fluctuate if a customer lingers over a milkshake or a piece of pie.
Reaction to the quickly staged re-opening has been gratifying. "I've been most pleased and surprised that so many people have said 'thank you'," Nester said. "It's unexpected and I'd like to think they say that because they're thanking us for preserving Blossom."
Grover will post daily specials and soups on Twitter. Follow him at www.Twitter.com/cheferd.
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