Boasting with chic comfortable surroundings and offering dinner nightly; Vincent Chicco’s delivers good old-fashioned Italian-American cuisine while presenting authentic ingredients, handmade pastas, rich homemade sauces, delectable desserts, and a full-service bar. Allow yourself to step back into the luxurious time of the past and enjoy the classic, wholesome flavors that were founded in our country.
During the prohibition era; Vincent Chicco, who migrated to Charleston from Italy, became known as “the king of blind tigers”. During this era, many Charlestonians considered themselves immune from the laws governing the rest of the state. Chicco ran a number of saloons in Charleston and led the fight locally against prohibition, where he was seen as a local hero.
The secret behind the “blind tigers” is that one would pay to “see the blind tiger” (which of course didn’t exist) and in exchange would receive a “free” drink. Vincent Chicco’s illegal drinking establishments also caused him to become the first arrest after Governor Ben Tillmans’s dispensary bill passed. Many Charlestonians opposed the state dispensary law, which encouraged Gov. Tillman to make Charleston “the dryest place on earth”.
Vincent Chicco’s arrest became infamous and other barkeeps were reportedly jealous of his instant fame. Despite his brush with the law, he continued to sell alcohol to his customers and lead to at least three more arrests. Chicco later became appointed to consecutive terms as City Counselman. Vincent Chicco’s son, Vincent Chicco Jr., went on to become an extremely successful real estate developer, businessman, and entrepreneur in Charleston.
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