Bridge Road Bistro general manager becomes owner
A new year also means new management for Bridge Road Bistro in Charleston. Longtime General Manager Sandy Call took over as owner on Tuesday.
Robert Wong opened the restaurant’s doors in August 2004. He ran the farm-to-table restaurant with his wife, Sherri Wong, until he died suddenly in 2012. Sherri Wong then took over the business.
Call said she had been in talks with Wong about buying the restaurant for years, and made the purchase in June.
“She’s been a great leader, and it seemed like a natural progression. She was [Robert’s] last hire,” Wong said.
Call was hired as general manager in 2011, about a year before Robert Wong died. She said she felt she needed to have a presence at the restaurant then more than ever.
“Robert would tell me, ‘I always know if something happens to me, I know you’ll be there for my family,’” Call said. “That always rang true to me.”
The Wongs got to know Call when she was a representative for Red Bull North America and Budweiser.
When the position first came open for general manager, Call didn’t think she would apply. She had worked in the corporate world for Outback Steakhouse and O’Charley’s since the ’90s and was looking to get out of the business.