This year, some of the Holy City's favorite places to drink and dine are working on promising projects, which means plenty of new restaurants to check out in the near future. Coming up from Ken Vedrinski (Trattoria Lucca) is the seaside seafood place Coda del Pesce, the Bin 152 team is rolling out Chez Nous and the group behind Circa 1886 is working on new breakfast and lunch stop Kitchen 208. And there are more. Here's a guide to five highly anticipated openings over the next few months.
1) Coda del Pesce: 1130 Ocean Blvd., Isle of Palms
Vedrinski is hoping to start serving at his IOP restaurant by Memorial Day, and progress on the building shows a patio and an ocean view. He's planning an Italian-influenced seafood menu, so expect the house-made pasta, which has made Lucca such a hit.
2) Chez Nous: 6 Payne Ct., downtown
Patrick and Fanny Panella of King Street wine bar Bin 152 are expanding to another downtown location, this time with a 30-seat European bistro. They're not planning to open until late summer or early fall, but Bin 152 is so universally adored, Chez Nous makes the cut in case they start popping corks on the early end of the estimate. Their new place is near The Taco Spot and WildFlour Pastry.
3) Básico: Mixson neighborhood, North Charleston
Fancy corner store Mixson Market has become known as a stop for sandwiches, beer, wine, picnic kitsch and breakfast tacos. Now, owner Bryan Lewis is opening a taqueria across the street. Keep an eye out for margaritas, tacos of all kinds and homemade ice cream this summer.
4) Kitchen 208: 208 King St., downtown
Charleston might have a lot of restaurants known for brunch, but some might say that aren't many places to get straight-up breakfast (let arguing ensue). The latest venture from Charming Inns, the brand behind the Fulton Lane Inn and Wentworth Mansion, might change that. Circa 1886's Marc Collins has been working on the menu, and Circa alum Matthew Pleasants is heading up the new kitchen. They will have a patio, egg coasters and chicken and waffles, perhaps as early as this spring.
5) Warehouse: 45 1/2 Spring St., downtown
Warehouse might not have a sister operation in town, but the idea of an "elevated neighborhood bar" that's just off the King Street strip is an exciting one. James Groetzinger said he and business partner Joey Rinaldi are setting up a hangout with an all-day happy hour on Sunday, cocktails, beer, wine and coffee. Chef Eva Kielty, formerly at Ted's Butcherblock, will be in charge in the kitchen, and she'll be making bar snacks, desserts and gourmet grilled cheese.
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