Last week, Dana Berlin Strange, owner of local favorite Jestine’s Kitchen, announced the restaurant’s permanent closure via Facebook.
Jestine’s Kitchen | Photo provided
Dana opened the southern food restaurant on February 6, 1996, naming it after her lifelong house-keeper and her caretaker, Jestine Matthews.
Jestine was born in the Lowcountry in 1885 to a Native American mother and a father who was the son of a freed slave. While she doesn’t recollect exactly where she was born, she claims her first memories of her childhood home were on Rosebank Plantation on Wadmalaw Island.
In the early 1900s, Jestine moved to Charleston and began working as a housekeeper. In 1928, she was hired by Aleck Berlin and his wife, who were expecting a child – Shera Lee Berlin. Jestine quickly befriended the small family, and went on to play a major role in Dana’s life, who was Shera Lee’s only child.
Dana opened Jestine’s Kitchen to honor her beloved caretaker and friend, wanting to share Jestine’s style of home cooked meals and the warm atmosphere she provided the family throughout the years. She gathered friends and members of Jestine’s family to create the menu and get their approval.
Almost two years after the restaurant’s opening, Jestine died on Dec. 18, 1997 at the age of 112. While she is greatly missed, her legacy has lived on through Dana, Jestine’s Kitchen, the restaurant staff + the community that gathers daily to converse and dine.
Dana and her staff always took good care of folks whether they were visitors or locals, whether they needed a meal, a smile, or a story about Jestine, and whether or not they were paying customers. Dana and the managers often sent people who were down on their luck out the door with a hearty meal on the house. Their heart was to serve people well and celebrate Jestine’s legacy, which they accomplished in admirably serving the Lowcountry for over two decades.
Click the button below to read about Jestine’s Kitchen’s closingday + Dana’s farewell letter to the Charleston community.
○ Charleston-area restaurants continue closing as employees test positive for COVID-19. See the latest closures here. (The Post and Courier)
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○ Today, Charleston County high schools will return to on-campus sports activities under new regulations + precautions. Additionally, free COVID-19 testing for athletes and coaches will be available from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sat., June 27 at Moultrie Middle School (645 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant). (The Post and Courier)
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Development ○ The Green Heart Project’s largest project to date, theUrban Farm at Enston Home, has now entered the building phase. The half-acre urban farm will increase access to fresh local produce, employ Charleston-area students and cultivate community in Charleston’s upper peninsula.
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Deal ○ Mount Pleasant’s Hotel Indigo (250 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.) announced its Fun in the Sun Staycation Package. Along with enhanced accommodations, guests who book with this package will receive one cocktail per person and daily breakfast at the hotel’s restaurant, Eliza’s Bar + Kitchen. Complimentary parking is included for all guests. For more info on pricing + reservations, call (843)-416-3106.
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As the localfood + bev scene gradually reopens, local mainstays like High CottonandSNOB want to educate guests and empower everyone to feel confident, comfortable + safe returning to the dining room.
The following health protocols have been put in place in both restaurants:
• All staff – front of house and back of house – are wearing masks and changing out gloves after every guest interaction. • Each server has personal sanitizer bottles, in addition to sanitizer bottles + stations throughout each restaurant. • High Cotton + SNOB are enforcingstrict social distancing: reducing the number of tables by nearly half, pausing use of the Chef’s table + reducing the number of barstools available. • Single-use menus are being used, and pens are sanitized after each use. • All furniture, knobs + handles are sanitized after each guest’s use.
These procedures aren’t limited to indoors – both High Cotton and SNOB are offering patio dining with the same level of sanitation. Not comfortable going out to eat yet? Both restaurants are continuing to offer curbside to-go service. 🚙
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