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Aug 25, 2008 09:01 AM

Maverick Southern Kitchens (SNOB, High Cotton)

Maverick Southern Kitchens in Charleston, the parent company of SNOB, Charleston Cooks! The Old Post House, and High Cotton, has taken over Louis and Louis's Fish Camp in Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

Don't know if chef Louis Osteen is staying on or not. Rumor has it they sold because of money problems.

Louis makes the best crab cakes on the planet.

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  1. Thought I read Louis is moving to Las Vegas...

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    1. re: Hapy

      Louis opened an outpost of Louis's in Las Vegas but he does not own it. I believe it is owned by MGM.

      1. re: BlueHerons

        Based on what I read in the paper I'd have to say Louis has left the building. At least the one in Pawleys.

        1. re: Cpt Wafer

          So I will be in Pawley's Island between Aug 29-Sept 5. Should I eat at Louis's and is it still called Louis???

          1. re: LGD

            >Should I eat at Louis's...

            Absolutely! And afterward, if you were to post your opinion here on chowhound, we'd be ever so grateful.

          2. re: Cpt Wafer

            Thanks Cpt. I hate to see him go but it is very typical of Louis. Wonderful person, very sweet guy. His wife is definitely the brains of the business and he is the creative.

            1. re: BlueHerons

              I hate it as well. It's sort of like the death of a business associate. It certainly doesn't rise to the level of family but it's sad none the less.

              I'm looking forward to seeing what the Maverick folks have in store. I hope they keep the Fish Camp Bar much as it is now.

              1. re: Cpt Wafer

                I really hope they keep the bar because it is so fabulous! One of my most favorite things to do in the winter was go there for Sunday Brunch and sit outside at the Fish Camp Bar! We'd have his Sunday Brunch special of skillet fried chicken and Bloody Marys! Oh my goodness!

                I have a feeling that towards the end probably 75% of his revenue came from the outdoor area. Good thing it was open all year long.

                Louis really is a sweetie. Hope he does well in Vegas.

      2. has anyone taken the charleston cooks demo/tasting class ($25)? how was it?

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        1. So I was just at Pawley's and went to Louis's for lunch on August 29. It was horrible. Service was so bad. I was standing up waving my empty tea glass at my server and she was annoyed at me. At 10pm that evening I was chewing tums because my stomach was still upset from my lunch. It was a sad day. I heard a patron ask the hostess if they were closing and she gave some vague answer=not the truth. I heard another person ask their server and he said it was closing and new people were coming in. They asked him if he would keep his job and he said no one had told him anything. I tried a place on 17 bypass called Salt Creek and was very plese with it.

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          1. re: LGD

            I really liked Salt Creek too.

            1. re: LaLa

              Like Salt Creek Cafe a lot and they've done a great job with the building. It was HORRIBLE before they took it over. Firstly it was full of Gone With The Wind murals (actually a friend's childhood home) and then the next owner painted it as a tribute to the Washington Redskins.

              Food is really good also.

              1. re: BlueHerons

                i felt like they truley apperciated their customers too.the owner saw i didnt finish my bloody mary and came over tomake sure it was was great just decided to slow down!

          2. Do you know the latest on Louis's? I've loved the food and atmosphere of the Fish Camp for years. I'm just sick that he is leaving. His cookbook has his crabcake recipe but not the Shrimp & Vegetable Springrolls. The thought of never having it again is too much!

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            1. re: dawnb

              I was at the Hammock shops yesterday and they were working on the building full speed ahead.

              1. re: LaLa

                Thanks LaLa. I'll be in the area in a couple of weeks and really hope to check things out. Is the restaurant closed for the repair? For that matter, is it still called "Louis's"?