facebook pixal

Inside Edmund’s Oast

An add-on offers room for growth in size and sales.

When Scott Shor opened Edmund’s Oast, the farmhouse-style gastropub inspired by hop-drying houses of the 1600s, in Charleston, S.C., last year, he’d planned to eventually add a covered outdoor area. In January, he made good, opening The Bower, a 3,400-square-foot space next to the main restaurant, meant for overflow and smaller social events such as wine tastings and showers. Thus far it’s been a mix of successes and lessons. 

edmunds oast

Beyond events: extra seating 

On busy nights, The Bower’s 100-plus seats fit Edmund’s overflow, but “there’s always a service challenge when you add on 30 to 40 percent more capacity,” says Shor. To cope, he adds staffers.

Beer by the numbers

The Edmund’s bar trades a span of random tap handles for uniform, easy-to-read handles and placards. “It’s important to have customers come in and understand right away,” says designer Dan Sweeney.

Hustle and flow

The Bower has its own bathrooms and bar to ease usability. A door separate from the main entrance allows guests access to the restaurant, but the owners didn’t originally provide covered passage for servers, something they’re rectifying now.

Members help make our journalism possible. Become a Restaurant Business member today and unlock exclusive benefits, including unlimited access to all of our content. Sign up here.


Exclusive Content


Zume Pizza and the folly of trying to replicate Amazon

Tech Check: The demise of the former delivery startup shows the dangers of pushing a good idea too far.

Emerging Brands

Longtime Applebee's and Panera operator gives Jinya Ramen Bar a try

Doherty Enterprises has signed on to bring the Asian concept to the Greater New York City area.


At Subway, a very public auction draws to a close

The Bottom Line: The company has reportedly narrowed its list of buyers and the price tag is down. But the deal is taking a while to get over the finish line, and here’s why.


More from our partners