After a site search that lasted more than a year and was followed by months of renovations, the Beaufort Bread Co. is rising and will open in a few weeks.
Owner Rick Stone bounces around the 102 Sea Island Parkway store with childlike energy, pointing out his art projects, the antique machines he is repairing and furniture he has made.
On a wall is a quote from his late father. The quote came after Stone once asked his dad what he talked about at regular breakfasts with a group of elderly friends.
"Well," his father replied, "we'd look around and see who wasn't there -- often because they'd died -- and we'd talk about them. And then we'd talk about our younger years."
Bob Stone told his son, "The older we get, the better we were."
Stone has been selling his fresh baked bread at farmers markets. He originally eyed the Von Harten building on Carteret Street for a permanent location, but that did not work out.
The restaurant will serve breakfast and lunch and feature bread, pastries, house-made fresh pasta and handcrafted sausages. Ask Stone about the "neighborhood eggs" menu item, and he will tell you all about the woman on St. Helena he buys from.
Customers will be able to watch bread being mixed and shaped through a window to the "bread room," which also houses two antique Italian pasta machines. Stone bought them online and has been trading emails with the manufacturer as he fixes them. The language barrier makes for some slow repairs, he said with a laugh.