The other night my husband and I took a stroll down King Street heading for our favorite place – The Darling Oyster Bar. It would have been enough to enjoy the weather, this beautiful city, my sweet husband, and the prospect of eating delicious oysters. But The Darling is not simply a restaurant to us.
A little over two years ago, 513 King Street stood empty on a quiet corner; passed daily by Charlestonians on their way to work and nightly by the same people frequenting the scuzzy dive bars normally known to locals as part of “Upper King”. I remember not ever even walking around this area – especially alone at night. Quickly though, Upper King Street has turned into a thriving part of Charleston and its economy. Before this vision came to life, Ben and his very close friend and business partner, Bobby, would talk about opening a restaurant together one day. It seemed like a far off dream. And somehow, by luck, hard work, and a whole lot of mistakes, 513 King Street has turned into my husband’s restaurant. It has been a labor of love (and some turmoil) but The Darling exists and it is beautiful. (I’m a little biased but man, oh, man, how could you look at it and NOT think it’s gorgeous!?)
This building means the world to me. When it was still a construction site, I stood on the unfinished floors where Ben got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Birthdays, New Year’s Eve, reunions, engagements of friends, and countless meals with people I care about deeply have been enjoyed and celebrated behind its brick walls.
If you’re ever downtown Charleston – stop by The Darling for some oysters and the clam chowder poutine… or just come enjoy this beautiful building that holds a little piece of my heart.
*** What I Wore ***
Below I have linked my outfit details! The shoes I’m wearing are from last year but are the same brand – Dolce Vita – which is hands down my favorite shoe brand. Always so comfortable and on-trend! Also, my clutch is from a boutique in Charleston called The Impeccable Pig. It’s on King Street and always has the cutest things for affordable prices. I linked some similar styles though! Unfortunately, my necklace by Panacea is sold out – but Kendra Scott is pretty fabulous too! A little pricier but she makes such classic pieces that I feel like it’s worth the splurge.