ChuckTown Seafood Mobile opens moored cafe in North Charleston – the Charleston Chronicle
By Barney Blakeney
You may have to look closely to see ChuckTown Seafood Cafe at 5093 Dorchester Rd. In North Charleston. The small building is nestled between Cannon Auto Repair and Auto Money Title Loans across from the Oakridge Estates Subdivision. But it’s well worth the effort to take a closer look.
Kevin and Donna Greene operate the three-month-old restaurant that grew out of their mobile catering business, ChuckTown Mobile Seafood, LLC. They started the mobile business in 2011 when the couple moved to Charleston from northern California.
Greene, who grew up West of Ashley in Charleston, traded in his overalls as a Trident Technical College Facility Maintenance Man for a chef’s jacket which he began wearing full-time this week. A self-proclaimed mom boy inspired by a former neighbor to enter the restaurant business,
Greene learned his cooking skills by watching his mother and grandmother. One Forever Going All the Way, he improved these skills by earning two Culinary Certificates.
Using his skills and natural desire to succeed and accomplish, Greene’s has personalized the dishes he cooks – traditional seafood like fish, shrimp, crab cakes, oysters and rice with seafood. very popular that incorporates scallops and crab meat with shrimp.
Of course, the ChuckTown Seafood Cafe offers traditional southern fare like macaroni and cheese and red rice during its current hours of operation from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday. From the end of September, the café will serve breakfast from 6 a.m. to 7 a.m. Monday to Friday. And of course, the menu will include shrimp or crab on oatmeal as well as traditional breakfasts.
Greene says his wife Donna is the mastermind of the business, and the North Bay native of California suggests a winter menu of seafood okra and chowder. She has been integral in the development of the company which has distinguished itself at community events, festivals and special occasions in the Lowcountry, South Carolina and neighboring states.
Greene started the business with a deep fryer. There are now six – and as many employees on the mobile side. The cafe employs four people. Greene says he anticipates further growth. The cafe’s just two-month operation helped increase mobile activity by 22%, he said. The 15-seat brick-and-mortar room gives people a tangible benchmark, he believes. It has become a familiar reference to residents of neighboring communities who previously frequented the Island Cafe located in the building.
Greene invites all of his mobile customers to become new friends at the cafe. Call him at (843) 804-9985, (912) 856-5634 or contact him at chucktownseafoodcafe.com.