A longtime downtown Charleston accommodation undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation has unveiled a new all-day dining venue.
black door cafe opened last week at Mills House Hotel and is part of a larger transformation of the property which is known for its signature pink hue and prominent location at Meeting and Queen Streets.
The new addition is open to customers and the public from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and serves a variety of coffee drinks. The main menu includes pastries made by Saffron Bakery on East Bay Street, gelato, breakfast and lunch sandwiches and some take-out.
The cafe website describes it as a “neighborhood spot” that should feel like “more than an obvious coffee stop for a hotel guest.”
last fall, Davidson Hotel Group announced that he would take over management of the seven-story, 216-room hotel and that a “significant transformation and high repositioning” was planned. The renovations will include all guest rooms, common areas, food and beverage venues and the hotel’s pool deck.
Construction could be completed by early October, according to a spokesperson. Thereafter, the Mills House will join Collection of curiositiesa high-end “soft” brand of hiltonwhich means that the accommodations in the collection retain their individual identity.
The Mills House was part of Major Wyndham Hotels since 2013. Prior to that, it operated under the holiday hostel umbrella for three decades.
The iconic pink building is a reproduction of the original 1853 Mills House. It survived the Charleston fire of 1861, but a century later the five-story building had fallen into disrepair. After the original was demolished, it was replaced by a building that had two additional stories and incorporated many design elements from the original.
When Davidson announced in October that she was taking over management of Mills House, the manager Tom Geshay called it a “privilege” to expand the company’s footprint with “this historic asset”.
Locally, Atlanta-based Davidson also manages Hotel Bella Gracea 50-room boutique hotel on Calhoun Street.
The company previously oversaw the redevelopment of the former King Charles Inn in Meeting and Hasell streets in The Ryderwhich opened in May 2021. Based in Dallas wedging took over management of that property in January, the same month the hotel was sold for $48 million to an Ohio subsidiary Capital of Rockbridgewhich also owns the neighbor Emeline housing on Church Street.
According to the travel site, a food, wine and history tour of Charleston is the most recommended food travel experience in the country. Tripadvisorthe latest rankings.
The listing indicated the half day Undiscovered Charleston tour led by a local chef Forrest Parker. According to the tour description, the four-hour outing begins with a 90-minute walking tour and ends at Wine Bistro downtown with a cooking demo, lunch, and wine pairing.
Tripadvisor shows a perfect rating of 5.0 for the tour, based on customer reviews. Of the 426 people who wrote a review, all but one said it was “excellent”. The other rated it a notch lower, at “very good”.
No other dining experience in the country topped it, according to Tripadvisor’s “Best of the Best” activity guide released last week. The dining experience that has earned the highest acclaim around the world is a “local foodie adventure” in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital.