Thursday morning at 11 a.m. in the first floor dining room of Hall's Chophouse off of Upper King Street; Bill Hall, Sr. and his son, Tommy Hall, sit at an elevated table across from the bar, looking over paperwork. Billy Hall, the junior, is peering on while workers bang away, attempting to perfect a setting that already oozes a comfortable elegance. And then, shortly thereafter, Jeanne Hall, the matriarch, strides through the mahogany-laden lounge area, greeting as she goes.
Doors don't open for service until 4 p.m., but consider the mid-morning gathering an example of H.O.D. — an acronym for this family restaurant that introduced itself to Charleston back in March of this year, though it might as well be its mantra.