In 1982, three restaurateurs had a vision to provide a uniquely “Charleston” dining experience with a focus on fresh, local cuisine and gracious hospitality. They had the perfect setting consisting of three buildings and a garden courtyard nestled in the Historic French Quarter, but they could not agree on a name. With the pressure of opening upon them, founding partners Harvey Poole, Joe Sliker and Chef Steve Kish decided to simply use the street address as the name. And so was born one of Charleston’s oldest and most celebrated restaurants … 82 Queen!
Feeling that there was a portion of Charleston’s culinary heritage that was being overlooked, 82 Queen’s original menu featured dishes influenced by the African, French, Caribbean and Anglo-Saxon tastes which permeated the area. 82 Queen’s fusion of these culturally diverse flavors led to the rise of a culinary genre that had been previously undefined – and is now referred to as “Lowcountry Cuisine”. As the years rolled on, 82 Queen adapted and has remained a powerhouse in Charleston's culinary community.
As Charleston's culinary scene takes the world stage and hot young chefs open trendy new restaurants, one would think that a 39-year-old majestic original may get lost in the shuffle. But as 82 Queen holds true to its original plan of fresh local cuisine, customers seeking an authentic Lowcountry experience continue to fill its 11 dining rooms.
Born and raised in the Lowcountry, Steve Stone is the epitome of a true Charlestonian. Steve grew up in a family of avid hunters and worked as a busboy and dishwasher throughout high school.
After high school, Steve attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston. He started his journey at 82 Queen in 1991 as the Executive Chef, taking a brief leave of absence to work as the General Manager of Boone Hall Farm’s Farmers Market Store. There he created countless relationships with local businesses and farmers that he applied to his work at 82 Queen when he returned in 2015.
“I’ve always enjoyed cooking and the restaurant scene,” says Stone, which is what ultimately led him back into the kitchen. “The abundance of fresh local ingredients we have available is what makes cooking exciting. Every day brings new ideas based on what comes in from the farm.”
Steve Kish, originally from Pittsburgh, has been in the Lowcountry hospitality industry for 39 years, and is highly regarded in the Charleston community both personally and professionally. He is a founding member of the Chef Association, a Charleston Restaurant Association Board member, a Taste of Charleston and Oyster Festival Chairman, a husband and father of two. In addition to owning 82 Queen, he owns Florence’s Lowcountry Kitchen in West Ashley and Jalisco Taqueria & Tequila on James Island.
Jonathan Kish leads the Queen Street Hospitality team with a background in management and finance, a passion for food and the legacy of Queen Street Hospitality. He graduated from Clemson University with a degree in international management and developed key skills while working with Northwestern Mutual. In late 2012, Jonathan moved back to South Carolina to assist his family with managing 82 Queen.
Since then, Jonathan has stepped up to become Chief Executive Officer, managing all restaurants: 82 Queen, Florence's Lowcountry Kitchen, and Jalisco Taqueria & Tequila. A leader in Charleston’s hospitality industry, he brings the best culinary, beverage, and service talents to his restaurants to make each a unique destination with award-winning menus.
His vision for the future is unparalleled as he takes the reigns from his father, Steve Kish.
Jonathan, his wife, and two daughters reside on James Island where they spend days on the dock and cooking. Jonathan kids that his youngest is already an oyster aficionado.
Patrick Kish’s introduction to the hospitality industry started at an early age. From washing dishes and bussing tables, to serving and bartending, Patrick held nearly every position at 82 Queen, before moving into a leadership role.
He quickly worked his way up to a manager position by age 20, and held the role of Assistant General Manager at age 22. Patrick also assisted with the opening of Queen Street Hospitality Group’s Florence’s Lowcountry Cuisine and Jalisco Taqueria & Tequila- both of which he currently helps run.
Currently, Patrick serves as Chief Operating Officer and when he’s not working in the restaurants or busy developing new plans to grow the family business, Patrick enjoys taking time out for music, art, dining out and spending time with his wife and new daughter Ellison.