First Look: Scoundrel Restaurant Reveals Exterior Plans

The French gourmet restaurant Scoundrelwhich plans to open this fall downtown in the former Handi Indian Food located at 18 N. Main St., revealed plans for a new facade facing Main Street.

The plans, which are still preliminary and require the approval of the municipality Design Review Commission Urban Commissioncall for a new black metal door to enclose adjoining condos and the addition of outdoor patio seating for diners, with bistro lights hanging from the ceiling to activate the space.

DP3 Architects designed the new facade improvements, which will be presented to the DRB at its next meeting on July 7.

Rendered by DP3 Architects.

It’s the first look at the restaurant of celebrity chef Joe Cash, a Greenville native who worked in some of the best restaurants in the world before announcing his return to upstate. His plans for the new concept are to deliver his take on French bistro classics to a Southern crowd, with particular emphasis on what he calls “a steakhouse vibe” with “simple, honest cooking.”

After spending years as a chef working in kitchens that produce very complex tasting menus, with the types of dishes that are arranged with tweezers, Cash is now part of a growing cohort of chefs who are moving away from the stuffy and expensive dining experience of tasting menus.

Chef Joe Cash and his English Bulldog, Bingley. Photo by Will Crooks

With Scoundrel, he aims to combine this highly technical approach to cooking with more accessible dishes.

“Nobody really wants to put on a suit and sit down for a 20-course tasting menu over five hours. I think everyone is past that,” he said. “It had its era where it was really fun, but generally I think where dinner is now, people want to be able to go out in jeans, maybe a nice button, but that’s about Now it’s about making a killer meal prepared by chefs who could easily perform in a three-star Michelin restaurant but are looking for something else.

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