RH 25
Scarecrow  Co

Damon Wise (left) and Jonathan Buckley

2016 RH 25: Scarecrow & Co.

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Headquarters: Charleston

Annual Sales: $4 million

Units: 3

Key Personnel: 
• Jonathan Buckley, owner
• Damon Wise, chef/owner
• Noah Singerman, beverage & service director
• David Shuttenberg, kitchen manager
• Trace Conway, restaurants director
• Ray England, chef de cuisine

SINGLE CONCEPTS:
• Scarecrow (vegetable-driven menu cooked over fire)
• Feathertop (seafood/pasta/veggies)
• Wise-Buck Smoked Meats (slow-cooked meats)

UPCOMING PROJECTS:
• Feathertop Coffee (coffee by day, wine by night)

WHY IT’S COOL: Simply put, Damon Wise is a top gun chef. In Manhattan he cooked with Andrew Carmellini, Tom Colicchio, Laurent Tourondel and Christian Delouvrier. But the bounty of Charleston’s low country lured him away, and with Buckley, a former advertising executive, they built an instant multi-concept company in a former train depot. There you’ll find upscale Scarecrow, a more casual cousin, Feathertop, and a smoked-meat mecca, Wise-Buck Smoked Meats. A prep kitchen feeds the three restaurants. The opening of a great restaurant is a joyous occasion. When three great restaurants open from a great chef, it’s like Christmas.     


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