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The Daily, Gibbs Museum of Art, announce partnership

Sep 27, 2017 01:12PM ● By Emily Stevenson
The Gibbes Museum of Art has partnered with local Charleston eatery & coffee shop, The Daily by Butcher & Bee to launch an on-location café concept, offering a fresh and approachable dining option for guests’ enjoyment. Replacing the existing Gibbes café concept, “The Daily at the Gibbes” will open in early-2018, offering a curated menu of breakfast, lunch & snack options, updated interiors, and outdoor seating, among other planned updates.

“The Butcher & Bee team is humbled and excited to bring The Daily to the Gibbes Museum,” states Michael Shemtov, owner of Butcher & Bee. “As one of the oldest and most storied museums in the country, the Gibbes is an important cultural asset to Charleston. Our goal is to enhance the guest experience while also serving the wider community surrounding the museum.”

The Daily at the Gibbes, housed in the newly renovated first floor of the Gibbes Museum located at 135 Meeting Street in Charleston, SC, will be open to both museumgoers and the general public without requirement of paid admission for access. The Daily at the Gibbes’ food and beverage program will include selections from The Daily’s signature items as well as Stumptown coffee & espresso, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, and curated wine and beer selections. Thoughtful and fresh food options include: toasts, soups, sandwiches, salads, mezze and grab & go items, in addition to pastries and ice cream treats from Butcher & Bee Pastry Chef and James Beard Award Nominee Cynthia Wong.

The aesthetics of the café will incorporate a blend of The Daily’s and the Gibbes’ signature looks, mixing clean urbanism with artistic elements. Additional outdoor seating in the Gibbes courtyard will create an inviting and casual dining atmosphere for both museum guests and area neighbors looking to enjoy a beverage, bite, or afternoon treat. 

“We are thrilled to welcome The Daily at the Gibbes to the museum," said Angela Mack, executive director of the Gibbes Museum of Art. "The Gibbes’ admission-free first floor seeks to engage the public by creating an accessible gathering space with artist studios, classrooms, the Lenhardt Garden, museum store and now the café. We look forward to attracting nearby lunchtime professionals, museum-goers and new visitors to the Gibbes.”

With the goal of emphasizing the Gibbes Museum experience, The Daily will explore ways to reflect the art through the dining experience. Whether this is through a new dish inspired by a select art collection, or the museum docents incorporating the café into their tours, a more “active café” will be a welcome addition to the Gibbes Museum experience. Support for events, tours and groups, and initiatives directed at the Gibbes members will help the café serve as an anchor for the Gibbes and the surrounding community.