You may have to look closely to see ChuckTown Seafood Cafe at 5093 Dorchester Rd. in North Charleston. The tiny building is nestled between Cannon Auto Repair and Auto Money Title Loans across from the Oakridge Estates subdivision. But its well worth the effort of taking a closer look.
Kevin and Donna Greene operate the three-month-old eatery that’s grown from their mobile catering business, ChuckTown Mobile Seafood, LLC. They started the mobile business in 2011 when the couple relocated to Charleston from northern California.
Greene, who grew up West of the Ashley in Charleston, traded in his coveralls as a facilities maintenance man at Trident Technical College for a chef’s jacket he began wearing full time this week. A self-described mama’s boy inspired by a former neighbor to go into food service,
Greene learned his culinary skills watching his mother and grandmother. One to always go all the way, he enhanced those skills by earning two culinary certificates.
Using his skills and a natural desire to be successful and accomplished, Greene’s personalized the dishes he prepares – traditional seafood like fish, shrimp, crab cakes, oysters and the wildly popular seafood rice that incorporates scallops and crabmeat with shrimp.
Of course ChuckTown Seafood Cafe offers traditional southern sides like mac and cheeses and red rice during its current operating hours from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and from noon – 5 p.m. Saturday. Starting late September, the cafe will serve breakfast beginning 6 a.m. -7 a.m. Monday-Friday. And of course the menu will include shrimp or crab over grits as well as traditional breakfasts.
Greene says his wife Donna is the brains of the business and the northern California Bay Area native suggests a winter menu of seafood gumbo and chowder. She’s been an integral part of the business’ development which has distinguished itself at community events, festivals and special occasions around the Lowcountry, South Carolina and neighboring states.
Greene started the business with one deep fryer. He now has six – and just as many employees on the mobile side. The cafe employs four people. Greene says he anticipates further growth. Operating the cafe only two months has helped to increase the mobile business 22 percent, he says. The 15-seat brick and mortar venue gives people a tangible reference, he feels. It’s become a reference familiar to residents of the neighboring communities who previously frequented the Island Cafe that was located in the building.
Greene invites all his mobile customers to become new friends at the cafe. Call him at (843) 804-9985, (912) 856-5634 or reach out to him at chucktownseafoodcafe.com.