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Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

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 spring openings for an archive of the newcomers from early March through late June.

August 30, 2018

67) SULLIVAN’S ISLAND — Chef Brannon Florie brings his spin on seafood to Sullivan’s Island with the opening of Pier 22. The 25-seat eatery offers seasonal seafood items, like lobster rolls, tuna poke, smoked salmon bagels and more. Status: Certified open. 2213 Middle St.; website.

66) UPPER KINGBootleg Tavern has replaced the suddenly shuttered Getaway. The owners stripped the bar of its tropical feel, put up a television for sports, and replaced the previous menu with chicken fingers and grilled salmon. Status: Certified open. 541 King St.; article.

65) MOUNT PLEASANT — Those looking for charcoal-broiled bird can now stop into Mario’s Peruvian Chicken for rotisserie plates and yucca fries. Status: Certified open. 1909 N. Hwy 17 Suite A/100; Facebook.

64) CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — Stop by Josephine Wine Bar for indulgent plates of foie gras mousse or duck pappardelle to pair with the interesting and extensive list of bottles. Status: Certified open. 64 Spring St.; website.

63) MOUNT PLEASANT — Anyone searching for Detroit-style pies should seek out Toni’s Pizza. Run by three Detroit natives, these slices are said to be the real deal. Status: Certified open. 1795 N Hwy 17 Unit 1; website.

62) GOOSE CREEK — Chef Justin Moore brings a gastropub to Goose Creek with the opening of Momo Kitchen. Look for steak frites, fired chicken sandwiches, and fancy deviled eggs. Status: Certified open. 5 S. Alliance Dr. Suite F; website.

August 14, 2018

61) UPPER KING — New Jersey-based Playa Bowls will brings bowls of all varieties to King Street: acai, pitaya, banana, chai pudding, kale, hemp, coconut, and oatmeal. Status: Certified open. 429 King St.; website.

August 1, 2018

60) NORTH CHARLESTON — Chef KT Trinh traveled from Lafayette, Louisiana, to bring Cajun flavors to the Lowcountry. According to the Post & Courier, The Seafood Pot will serve crawfish, fried shrimp, po-boys, and gumbo. Status: Certified open. 5629 Rivers Ave.; Facebook.

59) JAMES ISLAND — Florida-based Maple Street Biscuit Co. brings a big doughy breakfast (and lunch) menu to James Island. Look for version sticky maple, the Squawking Goat with fried chicken and goat cheese, plus biscuits and sausage gravy, and entrees such as a vanilla bean waffle with Asiago and pecanwood smoke bacon baked in. Status: Certified open. 1739 Maybank Hwy.; website.

July 30, 2018

58) NORTH CHARLESTON — Fried chicken superstar Boxcar Betty’s opened its third store in South Carolina with a new location in North Charleston. Expect award-winning sandwiches, fries, and shakes. Status: Certified open. 7800 Rivers Ave.; website.

57) EASTSIDE — Super hip eatery Tu will open its doors during the day for customers to grab a coffee and a slice of pie. Barista Chloe Davis King (formerly of Collective Coffee Co.) will head up Tu Cafe. Also look for tonics and quirky snacks. Status: Certified open. 430 Meeting St.; Instagram.

July 18, 2018

54) LOWER KING — Belmond Charleston Place added a new coffee shop to its row of offerings. Community Perk Coffee offers espresso drinks, grab-and-go items, avocado toast, grilled cheese sandwiches, truffle chips, and more. Status: Certified open. 218 King St.; website.

53) FOLLY BEACH — Casual Folly Beach bar Lowlife serves creative cocktails and a food menu full of East and West Coast beach favorites like poke, ceviche, shrimp rolls, green chili queso, pimento cheese plates, Old Bay waffle fries, and more. Status: Certified open. 106 E. Hudson Ave.; Facebook.

52) NORTH CENTRAL — Award-winning Revelry Brewing Company opened the Hold as a destination for the production and tasting of sour and wild barrel-aged beer. Status: Certified open. 36 Romney St.; website.

51) MOUNT PLEASANT — The team behind Mount Pleasant staple Crave Kitchen & Cocktails and cheesy food truck Mac Daddy recently opened their newest restaurant the Mill Street Tavern. The brunch-all-day place has rooftop views of Shem Creek and a menu full of biscuits and gravy, a fried mortadella sandwich, a chicken philly, omelets, eggs benedict, and more. Status: Certified open. 508-B Mill St.; website.

June 29, 2018

50) MOUNT PLEASANT — From the team behind Crave Kitchen + Cocktails comes Woodward Tavern. Find Instagram-bait milkshakes topped with cupcakes, burgers, beers, and bourbon. Status: Certified open. 1971 Riviera Dr.; website.

49) CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — Charleston gets more raw fish with the opening of Poke San. Look for bowls and sushi options. Status: Certified open. 207A St. Philip St.; Yelp.

June 27, 2018

48) NORTH CHARLESTON — According to Post & Courier, chef Rigoberto Ortega sold burgers with his parents when he was just seven years old. Now he’s back at it with Rigo’s Mexican Grill and Sports Bar. The North Charleston diner serves his signature Hamburger #1 with “onions, green peppers, crema, cheese, tomatoes, mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, sausage, bacon and ham.” There’s also quesadillas, hot dogs, and tacos. Status: Certified open. 4626 Dorchester Rd.; Facebook.

47) CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — Look for fresh takes on local seafood at newcomer Chubby Fish. Look for chicken-fried bass collars, barbecue shrimp, local oysters, grouper cheeks, a shrimp roll, and more. Status: Certified open. 252 Coming St.; website.

46) FRENCH QUARTER — Southern eatery Revival serves Lowcountry classics with a fresh new look and ingredients pulled from near extinction. “The mission of Revival,” says chef Forrest Parker, “is to shine a delicious light on the shared agriculture history of South Carolina and the golden age of Charleston restaurants.” Status: Certified open. 19 Vendue Range; website.

45) WESTSIDE — Fancy doughnut shop Bked sits in the new WestEdge community with doughy morning creations, fresh coffee, and milkshakes. Status: Certified open. 99 WestEdge St.; website.

44) UPPER KING — Pour-by-the-ounce wine bar Uncorked gives oenophiles a chance to try different and sometime pricey varietals without committing to a glass or bottle. The bar also serves cheeses, charcuterie, and snacks from Leyla. Status: Certified open. 476 King St.; website.

In addition to these spring openings, check out the 17 winter openings, 15 fall 2017 openings, 24 summer 2017 openings, or 27 spring 2017 restaurants now in business.

Spot a opening? Send a note to; Eater constantly updates this guide throughout the season.