Having a tough time keeping up with all the new dining options? Welcome to the Opening Report, a regularly-updated round-up of restaurant openings big and small across the Lowcountry. Visit the fall opening report for an archive of the newcomers from October 2017 through early December 2017.
March 15, 2018
17) WESTSIDE — Daps provides a family-friendly spot for Westside neighbors to gather for morning meals, brunches, light lunches, grab-and-go snacks, breakfast for dinner, or a few adult beverages (there’s mimosas on tap). Status: Certified open. 280 Ashley Ave.; Facebook.
16) LOWER KING — Restaurant consultant/chef Nathan Thurston and Geechie Boy farmer/miller Greg Johnsman started Millers All Day as a place to have brunch at any hour. Executive chef Madison Tessener and pastry chef DaVee Harned put out dishes like biscuits with fig jam and ham, cornmeal pancakes, and patty melts. Status: Certified open. 120 King St.; website.
15) NORTH CENTRAL — Pizzeria/wine bar Renzo comes from the proprietors of hip bar The Faculty Lounge, Erik Hutson and Nayda Freire. Look for chef Evan Gaudreau’s neo-Neopolitan and Detroit-style pizzas with interesting toppings and sharable snacks like roasted radishes with kefir ranch. Status: Certified open. 384 Huger St.; Instagram.
14) NOMO — Podcast personalities from Effin B Radio started a bar, and it’s as fun as their show. Effin B Headquarters serves killer cocktails and interesting wines. Status: Certified open. 1503 King St.; Instagram.
13) MOUNT PLEASANT — Veteran restaurateur Roy Reeves wanted to bring California-style tacos and rice bowls to Coleman Boulevard with the opening of Playa Taco. The restaurant is “heavy on the taco side,” with influences from beachy, Cali-Baja cuisine. Status: Certified open. 735 Coleman Blvd.; website.
12) JAMES ISLAND — Looking for an “authentic circa-1950s Philadelphia Italian deli” in Charleston? Stop by Yous Guys Sandwich Shop for hoagies, cheesesteaks, and scrapple. Status: Certified open. 827 Folly Rd.; Facebook.
March 5, 2018
11) MOUNT PLEASANT — Shem Creek restaurant Saltwater Cowboys marries two Southern favorites: seafood and smoked meats. In addition to filling fare, the eatery also promises “unforgettable sunsets” from its location on the water. Status: Certified open. 130 Mill St.; website.
10) UPPER KING — Pop-up restaurant Angry Panda takes over the Glazed Gourmet space each evening, from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m., with ramen, poke bowls, poke burritos, and more. Feed the need for noodles between Tuesdays and Sundays. Status: Certified open. 481 King St.; Facebook.
9) NORTH CENTRAL — Advanced sommelier Femi Oyediran and sommelier and winery vet Miles White released their wine shop/bar Graft over the weekend. Expect interesting bottles in a fun, hip hangout, with killer music on the speakers. Status: Certified open. 700 King St., Suite B; Instagram.
February 19, 2018
8) THE MARKET — Bitty & Beau’s Coffee officially expanded from Wilmington, North Carolina last week. Co-owner Amy Wright, who launched in January 2016, has four children, and two, Bitty & Beau, were born with Down syndrome. Wright saw an opportunity to help people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who are among the most vulnerable in finding steady jobs. Her coffee shop is staffed with a very enthusiastic crew that live with issues like autism and cerebral palsy. Status: Certified open. 159 Church St.; website.
February 2, 2018
7) WAGENER TERRACE — Restaurateur Ben Rabin says he has “pizza in his blood,” with a pie-obsessed family from New York. His new establishment Uneeda Sicilian serves thin, crispy Grandma pies baked in cast iron pans. The menu of pizza, sandwiches, and salads, is simple, and slices are all $5 and under. The restaurants is now open daily from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., with lunch coming soon. Status: Certified open. 624 1⁄2 Rutledge Ave.; Instagram.
January 29, 2018
6) NORTH CHARLESTON — Fish and chips shop The Codfather reopened over the weekend in a new location. Upon unlocking the doors, the eatery sold three days worth of plates in just seven hours. Status: Certified open. 4254 Spruill Ave.; Facebook.
January 23, 2018
5) MOUNT PLEASANT — After a nine-month shut down, Mount Pleasant favorite The Mustard Seed has reopened. According to Post & Courier, guests will still find long-time menu items like the pad Thai or pecan chicken. Status: Certified open. 1036 Chuck Dawley Blvd.; website.
January 18, 2018
4) JAMES ISLAND — Looking for sushi rolls, pad thai, or fried cheesecake in the same restaurant? Stop by Aji Asian Bistro to take a look at its extensive menu. Status: Certified open. 1011 Harbor View Rd.; website.
3) NORTH CHARLESTON — Park Circle makes way for more craft beer with the opening of Commonhouse Ale Works. Look for classic South German-style Hefeweizens and hop-forward pale ales. Status: Certified open. 4831 O’Hear Ave.; website.
January 2, 2018
2) NORTH CHARLESTON — Vegetarian-friendly eatery Dell’z expanded with an all-vegan restaurant in the former Macon Cafe space. Look for favorites like the Jazzy pizza and taco bowls. Status: Certified open. 2021 Reynolds Ave.; article.
1) NOMO — Fancy food hall Workshop introduced new tenant Fowl Mouth to take the place of Slider Gold. The new addition serves roasted chicken, vegetable sides, salads, and sandwiches. Status: Certified open. 1503 King St.; website.
December 22, 2017
85) UPPER KING — South American/Central American/Caribbean restaurant The Getaway offers a hip, yet relaxed atmosphere that feels like a vacation hideout from the college bars that line the street. The menu is full of all the classics, like coconut shrimp, ropa vieja, tostones, and frozen mojitos. Status: Certified open. 541 King St.; website.
84) EASTSIDE — Fair Deal Grocery opened to the Eastside community in 1953, and now in 2017, the founders’ daughter Deborah Powell Anderson decided to add a restaurant to the mix after renovations needed after flooding in 2015. The Spot 47 serves comfort classics, like wings, burgers, hot dogs, ribs, and Jamaican beef patties. Status: Certified open. 47 Cooper St.; website.
83) MAZYCK-WRAGGBOROUGH — The team behind Polynesian-themed bar South Seas Tiki Lounge expanded its reach with South Seas Sushi. The menu features an “Ooh-Mami Bar” with rolls, nigiri, and sashimi. The restaurant will also offer dumplings, noodle bowls, and chicken karaage. Status: Certified open. 23 Ann St.; website.