Renee Florie was born and raised in McClellanville, developing a love and respect for Lowcountry cuisine at an early age. She began her food and beverage career at the iconic Seewee Restaurant in Awendaw when she was just 15 years old. Over the next five years she gained experience in both front and back of house operations, skills she would take with her in 2012 to 17 North Roadside Kitchen. Here she would meet her husband and business partner, Chef Brannon Florie.
Renee assisted Brannon in opening restaurants throughout Charleston, including The Rarebit, The Granary, Big John’s Tavern, King Street Public House, and On Forty-One. During this time she also attended full time classes at Trident while raising their two daughters, Falyn and Hadlee, completing her Associates In Science in 2015. It wouldn’t be long before Renee found herself returning to the food & beverage world, taking on a managerial role at The Granary and helping found and develop Floking Artisan Products. When the opportunity arose to open a new restaurant, Renee eagerly dedicated herself to carrying out the vision that would become Pier 41.