A local couple has leased and plans to reopen Blossom Dairy, on Quarrier Street, in Charleston. The iconic restaurant closed in 2012, after a failed attempt to reopen it.
Tim and Valerie Street, owners of the EZ Street bar in St. Albans, got the keys to the iconic Quarrier Street eatery on Wednesday, Valerie Street said Thursday morning.
“We definitely want to give it a new facelift,” she said, “but we don’t want to take away the retro aspect of it.”
While EZ Street is a bar, Street said Blossom will remain a restaurant, catering to downtown lunch business and dinner crowds.
“It will be gourmet sandwiches and salads and soups,” Street said.
The couple plans for the restaurant to be known for a variety of coleslaws to match its signature sandwiches. A brisket sandwich would be paired with horseradish slaw, for example. Blossom will have an ice cream bar and serve up classic frozen treats, but the Streets are making space on the menu for liquor milkshakes, too.
Construction is scheduled to start Monday. Street said she hopes it will take four to six weeks to get the space ready to open, but she said eight weeks might be a more realistic estimate.
The Blossom Dairy Co. opened in 1927 and operated several stores in Kanawha County. Local restaurateur Bill Sohovich opened the Quarrier Street location in 1984 and kept it open until fall 2010. Three partners reopened it a couple of months later, but that version abruptly closed its doors in July 2012.
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