What It Takes to Build a Small Empire of Restaurants in Charleston

May 18, 2017

Brooks Reitz talks ambition and strategies for success

Once called “very, very, very dangerous” by Sean Brock, restaurateur Brooks Reitz has quickly built a small empire of the kind of restaurants that guests immediately feel at home (but with better food, and probably decor). In the past four years, Reitz has gone from general manager at The Ordinary to co-owner of two of the most popular dining establishments in Charleston, Little Jack’s Tavern and Leon’s Oyster Shop, with a new Italian-influenced restaurant, Melfi’s, on the way. And while juggling three establishments is involved, Reitz does it while also maintaining his