(Mount Pleasant, SC)—February 1, 2013. Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina’s newest addition, Blue Marlin Fish House, has announced Chef Charles Arena will be taking the lead as Executive Chef of this unique waterfront restaurant. Chef Arena’s love for food came at a young age while he was in New York. He lived above his grandparents house and fondly remembers Sunday dinners at 5:00 PM where the family would gather and sit for hours around mounds of food that his grandma began preparing at 5:00 AM. Arena started at the age of 14 working in restaurants where he made connections that led him to become a student at the Culinary Institute of America. Once Arena finished school he got his professional start in New York where he studied under Jean Jaques Rachou at the famous La Cote Basque before coming to Charleston to work on a Tom Colicchio restaurant project called the Tides at the Beach Club. For the last seven years, Chef Arena has made his home at The Boathouse on Breach’s Inlet where he has become known for his high quality of food, strong sense of community and desire to please each guest so they come back again and again.
Through his years in Charleston, Chef Arena has formed many strong relationships. Since 2007, Arena has been an Adjunct Professor at The Culinary Institute of Charleston at Trident Technical College where he has helped mold some of the future talent in the culinary scene. In addition, his connections with several local organizations have tied him with farmers and local fisherman which his how he is able to guarantee the freshest local ingredients in his dishes. Chef Arena will bring these ties to Blue Marlin where his focus will be using local sustainable ingredients while adding a modern flair.
“I am so happy to join the energetic team over at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. Watching the Blue Marlin Fish House go from concept, to design and development, to reality is an honor. I look forward to creating a menu that keeps to the flavors of the Lowcountry, both land and sea, and throwing in unexpected flavors to add a modern twist to some southern classics“ states Chef Arena. Blue Marlin is scheduled to open in the spring of 2013.
Blue Marlin Fish House will feature a rooftop bar, open air dining, 350 seats, and 1,000 square feet of private dining space for special events. The décor will keep with the Lowcountry feel of Charleston, with exposed brick, thick wooden beams on the ceiling and nautical accents. In addition to a new restaurant, the building will be home to 2,100 square feet of event space overlooking the water and a Marina Store.