Rob Bouton, owner of Charleston’s Queen Street Grocery, has partnered with former Ford Fry employees Hanna Houle and Mike Pitts to open Everyday Market and Field Day restaurant and bar in Old Fourth Ward. The market opened a couple of weeks ago and currently offers local products like chips and coffee. Once the restaurant opens in January, the market will shift its focus to grab-and-go items made onsite, such as sandwiches, pasta salad, and quinoa salad.
“It’s not a secondary Queen Street Grocery,” Houle says. “What we have in common is it’s a place for the neighborhood to-go.”
Field Day, which Houle describes as being more of a restaurant than a cafe, will serve sandwiches and burgers, as well as shareable items like a bucket of fried chicken. There will be a late-night menu with a charcuterie board, pate, salad, and Philly and brisket sandwiches. Pitts, who brings experience from Nobu and Momofuku in New York City, will be the executive chef. Houle says the partners, which include Bouton’s brother, Owen, are contemplating offering weekend brunch with a condensed version of the dinner menu, plus smaller plates such as smoked salmon and a breakfast salad.
David Petro, formerly of One Eared Stag, is the bar manager. He’ll be serving classic cocktails and “cheap” beer—think pitchers and tall boys of Miller High Life, Houle says. There will three white wines served by the glass, three reds, and two rosés. A larger variety will be available by the bottle through the market.
The space features an open kitchen, wood tables, and classic, clean lines. Houle describes the patio as playful with turf on the ceiling and color-changing light boxes. With a view of the Freedom Park Trail, greenery surrounds the patio—hence the Field Day name.
“We are young people who love to eat out and have a fun dining experience. It’s come as you are,” Houle says.