The Kitchen now serving up to-go dinners on Lady's Island

emoody@beaufortgazette.comJune 7, 2013 

Sisters Leigh Ann Pingree, left, and Michelle Clark prepare roasted pork loin at The Kitchen on Thursday. The Kitchen is a catering and meal-made-to-order business that just opened on Lady's Island.

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A boy and girl sat playing at the wide wooden table Thursday afternoon while five women scurried about, checking the pork that roasted in the oven and preparing side dishes.

They were in The Kitchen.

The catering restaurant recently opened in Newpoint on Lady's Island, in the former home of Berry Island Cafe.

The company focuses on cooking to-go meals for families to pick up on Tuesdays and Thursdays after work. The Kitchen emails a menu each Friday to subscribers, who place orders by Monday. The menu changes each week.

The email list started with 30 friends and relatives and has expanded to more than 500 people, co-owner Leigh Ann Pingree said. The increase in business has all been word-of-mouth, she said.

It's a family affair for Pingree and her sister, Michelle Clark, who call on their sisters and friends as needed.

They started the business this spring after Pingree decided she wanted to return to the workforce after taking time to raise a family. Although this is the first business she has owned, it isn't her first time working in a restaurant. Pingree said she has worked in food service throughout her life.

Putting her love of cooking to commercial use feels natural, Pingree said. She got her passion for food from her mother, who loved to cook for Pingree, Clark and their seven siblings.

"We all grew up in the kitchen with our mom cooking -- all nine of us," Pingree said.

The restaurant is at 1 Merchants Lane, Suite 102, in part of the space formerly occupied by Berry Island Cafe, which closed in December after a decade. Piace Pizza in Habersham plans to add a second location in the other half of the space, according to owner Brian Ferry. He is planning to open in July.

Information: 843-252-8063, beaufortkitchen@gmail.com

Other changes about town:

  • The Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District is completing plans to build a new headquarters on Lady's Island Drive. District spokesman Lee Levesque said construction could begin in about a month.

  • Village Treasures moved last week from 14th Street to 1215 Paris Ave. in Port Royal. Formerly Cottage Home, the store was renamed after one of its partners left. It is now owned by Barbara Marsh and husband and wife Allison and Giny DuBose. It specializes in painted furniture and gently used, repaired furniture.

  • Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/IPBG_Erin.

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