The Habit, a large new dining and entertainment venue, has opened in Charleston, South Carolina.
Located in Historic Downtown Charleston’s French Quarter neighborhood, The Habit occupies13,000 square feet across three floors. It offers a unique hybrid of dining and entertainment with a mix of live music, dance parties, theme nights, burlesque performances, and comedy acts.
Spaces available for private events include the rooftop lounge overlooking the Charleston Harbor, which can accommodate up to 150 people, and V’s, a VIP lounge/speakeasy on the second floor that is suitable for 120 people sitting/standing and 80 all seated.
Chef Matthew Greene helms the kitchen, which serves a curated menu of uniquely American dishes with an international twist — caviar on hashbrown bites and red curry wings, for example – highlighting local and regional ingredients.
The concept for The Habit started over a decade ago when owner and partner Michelle Van Jura fell in love with Charleston, and eventually left New York City to make the Lowcountry her home. After spending 30-plus years in public relations and running her own successful agency, she eventually met and began working with fellow partners Zach Dennis and Chef Matt Greene. The three realized they had a shared vision and within a couple of years, The Habit became a reality.
“Charleston is known around the world for its hospitality and as a mecca for food lovers everywhere,” said Van Jura. “The one thing we really wanted to bring to our beloved city was a greater variety of entertainment and unique experiences, so we found the perfect location, curated fantastic art, glamorous decor, and hired some of the best talent to bring it all to life.”
Van Jura explained that The Habit’s decor is a blend of Americana, European, and Asian aesthetics. Design details include warm lighting, rich leather, sumptuous velvet and objets d’art. “The space is designed not only to provide a warm welcome for our guests but we also wanted everyone to step into an experience that combines sophistication, confidence, and comfort,” she added. “…it’s something truly unique that can’t be found anywhere else in Charleston.”