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Meet Your Chefs

George Kovach – Founder & Executive Chef

Kovach has over 15 years of experience working in the service industry, including eight years working in Michelin-starred restaurants. In his role as Founder and Executive Chef, Kovach is primarily responsible for creating Bearcat’s menu, managing all aspects of the back of house, and working with the leadership team to plan the mission, vision, and strategy for Bearcat. Prior to founding Bearcat, Kovach helped manage some of the top Michelin-starred restaurants in Chicago as Chef de Cuisine at Elizabeth Restaurant, a one Michelin-starred restaurant; the opening Executive Pastry Chef of Ever, which won two Michelin stars within 6 months of opening; the Executive Pastry Chef for two Michelin-starred Acadia; and Executive Pastry Chef of one Michelin-starred Band of Bohemia, respectively.

In 2017, Kovach received a Young Gun nomination from Eater, as well as the semi-finalist spot on Zagat’s first national 30 under 30 list. Kovach and his recipes have been featured in numerous national publications including Food & Wine Magazine, USA Today, and Eater.

John Coleman – Chef de Cuisine

John Coleman has built an extensive resume throughout the Holy City. Coleman moved to Charleston in 2007 to attend The Art Institute of Charleston following a year at Clemson University. It was in Charleston that he worked his way up in the kitchen from a line cook.

Coleman had a unique path to pursuing his culinary career, originally studying graphic communication, and receiving a bachelor’s degree in graphic design. Upon graduating, he wore many hats, including line cook, graphic designer, and part time as a stagehand at multiple local music venues before realizing he wanted to fully immerse himself in the culinary world. He notably worked as an opening sous chef or Chef de Cuisine at The Longboard, Parcel 32, Chubby Fish, 492 King, Edmund’s Oast, and Social.



Bar and Bar Kitchen

Tuesday-Saturday, Doors open at 5 PM to midnight

Main Dining Room

(Beginning November 14th)

Tuesday-Saturday, Reservations begin at 5 PM with final seating at 930 


We are excited to announce that we are now accepting reservations. Our main dining room will open on November 14th with an a la carte menu. We will soon add the tasting menu, where you will be able to book seats at the Chef's counter. For now, we ask for you to join us on the bar side for cocktails and shareables. The bar is walk-in only, so feel free to drop in. We also have a beautiful patio where you can feel free to enjoy a cocktail or glass of wine. 

For large party inquiries, please email info@bearatrestaurant.com