The Park Café opening

by Stephanie Barna
Charleston City Paper

Karalee Nielsen Fallert is on a roll. Mere weeks after opening the super hot Lee Lee’s Kitchen on President Street, she is on to her next venture: The Park Café in Wagener Terrace.

For this one, the prolific restaurateur (Taco Boy, Monza, Closed for Business, The Royal American) has teamed up with Xan McLaughlin to create a true neighborhood cafe — the kind of place you can grab a drink with friends or a simple meal with the family pretty much any time of day.

The best news might be the chef they have hired to run the kitchen. John Amato, who worked at FIG and ran the Foodie Truck, has crafted a menu described as “contemporary, continental fare.”

Breakfast begins every morning at 7 a.m. with Aebliskiver (sweet Danish popovers), SOS (Sauce on a Shingle — chipped beef and gravy served over toast), avocado toast, a poached farm egg served with lentils, and other morning treats. Sounds like a nice place for a breakfast meeting.

Check out the breakfast and brunch menus:

Menu_Breakfast_2.pdf Menu_Brunch_2.pdf

Creamed Kale over toast

  • Creamed Kale over toast

Here’s the daytime menu, along with some food porn they’ve shared.


Lunch and dinner has a range of choices, from hearty to light: braised shortrib steak, grilled butifara, and pork loin hoagie, roasted cauliflower salad, olive oil poached salmon, and a mushroom and walnut pâté sandwich.

Smoked Pork Loin Hoagie (bread from Pane di Vita)

  • Smoked Pork Loin Hoagie (bread from Pane di Vita)


Braised 48-hour short rib steak

  • Braised 48-hour short rib steak


Chicken and seasonal veggie soup with poached egg (farm eggs from Blackbird farms)

  • Chicken and seasonal veggie soup with poached egg (farm eggs from Blackbird farms)


Baked Brie En Croute

  • Baked Brie En Croute

The restaurant will have coffee service along with a full bar of wine, beer, and specialty cocktails (Apricot Sour, anyone?).

Wine_List_2.pdf ParkCafe_Lunch_Dinner_Drinks.pdf

The cafe opens Fri. Feb. 14 at 5:30 and will be open Mon.-Sat: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and at 9 a.m. on Sunday for brunch.  It’s located at 730 Rutledge Ave. in the former Granville’s.