“At a time surrounded by so much uncertainty, it was important to focus on the basics,” says Executive Pastry Chef Jess Olin. “Grocery stores were running out of bread, panic was setting in, and that’s when this rooted feeling of hospitality arose. So, we started a nonprofit, Pay It Forward Charleston, and we baked as much as we could for the Charleston [food and beverage] community because people have to eat… In total we delivered over 11,000 bags of groceries to out of work [food and beverage workers].”
The restaurant and its Pay It Forward Charleston initiative went beyond feeding members of the community to also provide medical care. In March, it teamed up with Liberty Doctors to set up a vaccine clinic for those who work in hospitality.