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The Most Anticipated Charleston New Restaurants, Fall 2015

Track all the latest restaurant happenings.

Rendering of Harold's Cabin Interior
Rendering of Harold's Cabin Interior
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

If you thought the summer was busy for restaurant openings, check out what's planned for fall. Chefs, restaurateurs, and investors aren't slowing down just yet. In addition to the establishments on this list, Charleston should see the opening of Parlor Deluxe and Élevé to close out the summer season.

Mercantile and Mash

Location:  710 East Bay St., downtown
Key Players: The Indigo Road, chef Trey Dutton, pastry chef Anna Abram, and bar managers Jeremiah Schenzel and Teddy Nixon.
Projected Opening: September
Located in the Cigar Factory building, Mercantile and Mash is Charleston's first food hall, complete with retail space, grab-and-go food stations, and a bar with an indoor bocce court.


Harold's Cabin

Location: 247 Congress St., downtown
Key Players: Co-owner John Schumacher
Projected Opening: Early December
Proprietor John Schumacher plans to honor the history of the building and the original owner Harold Jacobs' concept with a locally-sourced comestibles shop and two floors of dining space. The menu will focus on Lowcountry products and produce and will include the famous Harold's snowballs that so many people remember enjoying at the original establishment.

[Rendering of Harold's Cabin Provided]

Lewis barbecue

Location: 464 Nassau St., downtown
Key Players: John Lewis
Projected Opening: Late fall
John Lewis, the acclaimed pitmaster of La Barbecue in Austin, will bring Texas-style brisket to Charleston later this year. If the long lines for his summer pop-ups are indication, the Holy City is ready for Lewis's brand of beef. The brick-and-mortar location will be tricked out with one of Lewis's customer-designed smokers, and the menu features smoked classics like brisket, beef and pork ribs, "Texas hot guts" sausages, plus pulled pork shoulder and basic sides like potato salad and slaw.

[Stitch Design Co.]

gnome cafe

Location: 109 President St., downtown
Key Players: Co-owners Saramel Evans and Sara Grimshaw
Projected Opening: Fall
The vegan owners of upcoming vegetarian/vegan cafe Gnome want to offer "efficient, consistent, and delicious" offerings to the non-meat crowd. Saramel Evans and Sara Grimshaw plan to offer breakfast and lunch at the Westside restaurant.

[Eater Charleston]

Stems and skins

Location: 1070 E. Montague Ave., Park Circle
Key Players: Co-owners Matt Tunstall and Justin Croxall
Projected Opening: Early November
Two big players in the Charleston wine world are teaming up to bring prime varietals to Park Circle imbibers. Sommelier Matt Tunstall left his post at Southern eatery Husk in July to join Bull Street Gourmet owner/executive chef Justin Croxall to create wine bar Stems and Skins. Tunstall will be the face of the bar, pouring wines for guests and educating visitors with his extensive wine knowledge. They also plan to serve light snacks to pair with the beverages.

[Stems and Skins]

Mac Daddy Food Truck

Location: Varies
Key Players: Chefs Landen Ganstrom, Ben Culp, and William Miller
Projected Opening: Fall
Crave Kitchen & Cocktail chef Landen Ganstrom has dominated local competitions and taste buds with his signature mac 'n' cheese, and now it's hitting the road. Those in know, swear that his cheesy creation is the best around. This fall, chefs Ben Culp and William Miller will steer the mobile kitchen around the Lowcountry with Ganstrom's signature recipe in tow and other menu offerings.


Pancito & Lefty

Location: 708 King St., downtown
Key Players: Restaurateur Jimmy Poole and chef Robert Berry
Projected Opening: Fall
Jimmy Poole and Robert Berry are renovating the former Zappo's Pizza space to become their ideal Mexican restaurant, complete with a lively atmosphere, tequila and mezcal drinks, and, of course, tacos.



Location: 565 King St., downtown
Key Players: Chef Bob Waggoner and restaurateur Bryan Kestner
Projected Opening: Late Fall
Kestner is the mind behind the original Planet Hollywood and producer for reality show Southern Charm. When not wrangling scenes with Thomas Ravenel, Kestner is building his French-Mexican restaurant/tequila lounge on King Street. While construction was halted this summer, Kestner says the restaurant is back on track.



Location: 32b North Market St., downtown
Key Players: Chef and partner Jamie Lynch
Projected Opening: Late Fall
Charlotte-based restaurant 5Church took over the former Mad River Bar & Grill space and spent the summer renovating the interiors to match the feeling of their original establishment, but with a few Lowcountry touches. There will be work from local graffiti artist Ishmael on the walls, a reproduction of The Art of War on the ceiling, and lots of chandeliers. Chef Jamie Lynch will study local flavors and products to adapt the Charlotte menu to a Charleston audience.

[5Church in Charlotte]

Also, keep an eye on:
Anson Restaurant (Downtown)

Crooked Crown

Farmer & Exchange (Downtown)
Kosher Vegan/Vegetarian Kitchen and Dining Hall at College of Charleston
Home Team BBQ (Downtown)
• Little Jack's Tavern (Downtown)
Low Country Fish Camp (Summerville)
Maybank Public House (James Island)
• Poogan's Smokehouse (Downtown)
Rumored Sean Brock Burger Shop (Downtown)
• Seed (Downtown)
• The Darling (Downtown)
The Watch (Downtown)
The Workshop (Downtown)
• Verde (West Ashley)
Westside Deli (Downtown)