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The Gibbes Museum of Art Opens Café

Café Gibbes brings together local Southern food and art for museumgoers and public

CHARLESTON, S.C., Dec. 5, 2016 – Today the Gibbes Museum of Art announced that the grand opening of Café Gibbes will take place on Tuesday, December 6. The café will serve as a casual eatery and will offer artisan sandwiches, savory soups, and salads along with a wine bar and other beverages to museumgoers and the public. Recently reopening after an extensive two-year, multimillion-dollar renovation, the Gibbes hopes to engage visitors on the museum’s admission-free ground floor, which—in addition to the café—also features the new classically landscaped Lenhardt Garden, a creative education center, artist studios and a museum store.

“Café Gibbes will welcome museum patrons and the public, which contributes to the museum ground floor’s intended purpose of creating an accessible creative gathering place for the community to enjoy,” said Angela Mack, the museum’s executive director.

Owned by Aris Newton of Folly Road Foods, LLC, Café Gibbes will serve fresh sandwiches, salads and soups as well as beer and wine. In addition to Folly Road Foods, Newton owns Lowcountry Eats Catering and Med Bistro at South Windermere Center.

“The Gibbes Museum is a prime location for a new restaurant, particularly because there isn’t a lot to choose from in the area,” said Newton. “Café Gibbes offers both museumgoers and busy lunchtime professionals the option to pick up lunch and watch artists at work or explore the new garden.”


Working alongside Newton is Chef Joseph Jacobson, a fourth-generation Charlestonian who has received the highest honor of cooking at the James Beard House on seven occasions. Previously serving as the executive chef at Oak Steakhouse, Oak Table and most recently Sweeny’s Restaurant, Jacobson is now full-time chef at Café Gibbes.

“I’m excited to bring my close relationships with local farmers and purveyors to the beautifully renovated Gibbes Museum,” said Jacobson. “I’ve poured my genuine love for cooking and Southern hospitality into this menu.”

While Café Gibbes expects to attract most of its patrons for weekday lunch, coffee and breakfast options are available during the week and the café will offer beer, wine, and light bites.

Editor’s Note: To view the Café Gibbes menu, visit

Café hours:
• Sunday and Monday – closed
• Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday – 10: 00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
• Wednesday – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

About the Gibbes Museum of Art
Home to the Carolina Art Association, established in 1858, the Gibbes Museum of Art is recognized among the oldest arts organizations in the United States. Housing one of the foremost collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present, the museum’s mission is to enhance lives through art by engaging people of every background and experience with art and artists of enduring quality and by providing opportunities to learn, to discover, to enjoy, and to be inspired by the creative process.

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