Edmund’s Oast is surrounded by tech firms in its Half Mile North development. But there’s something else there too, something incredibly attractive in Charleston: parking.
Scott Shor is both an owner and manager and says that it was “absolutely critical” that there be abundant parking when choosing the location of Edmund’s Oast. This consciously weighed out the foot traffic they might have had further downtown, but Shor says they are winning ten-fold on this account. Tourists may have to walk or take a cab, but residents aren’t fighting the traffic for their dinner. Just another reason locals have flocked to the place, besides the swoon-worthy food, craft beer and cocktails.
Shor’s approach to hospitality is decidedly low-key—friendly but not formal. He is intensely alert and responsive to both the needs of his guests and his staff, making nightly rounds in the dining room, eager to help solve any problem.
His work consumes him. How many other people can say truthfully that they work 100 hours a week and have no Netflix queue? He does not have such expectations of employees, he just loves his work and chooses to spend almost all his waking life learning and implementing better ways to operate his businesses, which also include the Charleston Beer Exchange, Greenville Beer Exchange and the wildly popular craft beer festival, Brewvival.
His old-school mindset about hard work is deeply engrained. “A lot of people try to find ways to work smarter not harder, but for me that just doesn’t apply. Working really hard is working smart. Before I even started this, I had an unusual grasp of the vastness of the task at hand in running this place. But I so love what I do.”
The only thing that he will take credit for is putting together a great team, saying “I’m not the talent, just the glue that holds it together.”