I can clearly remember walking into How Art Thou Cafe as it was first opening to talk with them about Lowcountry Local First. As soon as I met the owners, David Berger and Joshua Miller, I was welcomed in for a grand tour and felt at home immediately. This cafe is the quintessential local business, where you truly feel like you are right at home, you could sit for hours and try one of the huge selection of local beers, wines, and snack on something delicious. Despite the recent tragic loss of Joshua, the cafe continues to run strong and the sense of a family run business is still ever present, maybe even more so. I highly encourage anyone who can make it to join us for the LLF Happy Hour there this Thursday evening 6:00 -7:30pm. For your chance to learn a little more about the business and it's owner; here's my Question and Answer session with David Berger:
Q: How would you sum up How Art Thou Cafe in 10 words or less?
A: Inviting and relaxing place to enjoy good food, select craft beer & fine wine as you enjoy a quiet conversation with friends.
Q: What is your favorite beer on tap?
A: I love them all, but Westbrook White Thai is in the lead until we tap the Holy City Pilsner again.
Q: What is the best part of owning a local business?
A: Our customers and our employees - they are the main thing that make me want to go to the cafe every day.
Q: What is the toughest part?
A: Balancing all the different activities that go into leading a successful team & providing a quality product/service - strategic planning & marketing coupled with daily operations & cost reduction.
Q: Who is your ideal customer?
A: This varies, it ranges from someone who wants to relax and enjoy some quality time over a cold beer or glass of wine to small groups of people who want to enjoy good conversation in a comfortable & relaxing place.
Q: What is it about the Lowcountry that inspires you?
A: Local! Our success has been earned by word of mouth supported by our friends & neighbors, and we are very proud of that.
Q: What do you hope to see happen in your neighborhood for local businesses?
A: Two points here: First, for our economy to pick up and let people get on their feet again so we can keep our local businesses alive; and second, cost reductions to make it affordable to run a small business.
Q: Why did you decide to join LLF and what has your experience been like so far?
A: Our business model is based on supporting our local community and small businesses. That is why we sponsored a scholarship award our James Island Charter High School Creative Writing Program and several other local initiatives. Over the past several months I have not gotten involved as much as I wanted, but I plan to get more involved.
Q: What is the customer favorite on the menu?
A: Ahh, Joshua Batteritto, my business partner and son-in-law Joshua who invented it & named it after the Battery, but I added Joshua's name in honor of him. The Garden of Eatin, and our International Cheese Plate.
Q: If you could have dinner with anyone (past or present); who would it be and what would you eat?Past: George Washington & Winston Churchill and enjoy a fine steak and glass of wine & discuss how they overcame the challenges they faced. And of course my son-in-law Joshua to enjoy a cup of our Gumbo and cold beer and enjoy each others company & laughter together again. Present: my Dad enjoying quality time over a steak & cold beer and enjoy being together as we do not get to do that very often.
Membership Relations Coordinator