Chef Ken Vedrinski Announces Plans For New Restaurant; Italian Seafood to be Focus of New Cigar Factory Tenant

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Chef Ken Vedrinski to open Italian restaurant focused on seafood at The Cigar Factory in Charleston, South Carolina.

Inspired by a small, Southern Italian town for which it will be named - and by the ironic juxtaposition of its Charleston location - Ken Vedrinski's newest restaurant will debut soon at the iconic Cigar Factory (

Named for his grandmother's hometown, the new Ristorante Introdacqua (which loosely translates to "between land and water") will focus on Italian seafood specialties. With seating for approximately 85 in the dining area, and 25 at the bar, the architecturally exciting restaurant will feature the chef's signature, celebrated style. An opening date has not been set.

The Cigar Factory was constructed in 1881 as a cotton manufacturing facility and closed after the 1886 earthquake. The building reopened in 1903 when it was leased to the American Cigar Company. The American Cigar Company ceased operation in 1973 and the building was used for office and warehouse space over the next decade. From 1982 until 2006, it housed Johnson and Wales and various offices. In 2007, Atlanta-based The Simpson Organization purchased the building.

Ristorante Introdacqua will be the newest in the chef/proprietor's list of credits. He recently opened Trattoria Lucca in downtown Charleston, which was met with immediate acclaim. Vedrinski also founded Sienna (, a Daniel Island restaurant named one of the nation's top 25 by Esquire magazine in 2004. Vedrinski's Charleston career was launched at the five-diamond Woodlands Inn, where he developed a national reputation.

About the Simpson Organization
For over two decades, the Simpson Organization has acted as an investor, developer and advisor for over $2 billion of real estate projects. With a focus on urban properties of historic significance, The Simpson Organization has deep experience with adaptive reuse and with residential, retail, office, industrial and mixed use properties.


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