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The 6 Most Anticipated Restaurants in Charleston, Fall 2018

From tiki drinks to pizza

The Citrus Club
Andrew Cebulka
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas.

Was that a teeny, tiny break in the humidity? Fall must be around the corner. While summer was breakneck busy, chefs, restaurateurs, and investors have even more new concepts coming this way. While deadlines always shift, this is what what to expect to see in the next few months. These are listed in alphabetical order.

Bourbon N’ Bubbles
Bourbon N’ Bubbles


Location: 570 King St., downtown
Key Players: Republic Development and Management Group and executive chef Steve Jackson
Projected Opening: Fall
The title of the bar kind of gives away the concept, but this establishment will serve plenty of brown liquor and fizzy wine with Tattinger champagne and Buffalo Trace bourbon being the house pours. Expect a lot of Motown and Micheal Jackson on the playlist, with an occasional live music night.

The Citrus Club
Andrew Cebulka


Location: 334 Meeting St., downtown
Key Players: Beverage director Ryan Casey and food director Michael Tuohy
Projected Opening: Fall
Visit the Dewberry soon for a tropical hideaway on the highest hotel roof bar in Charleston. Look for oysters, crudos, and raw bar items, along with riffs on tiki classics in a stunning space.

The Container Bar
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Location: 2130 Mount Pleasant St., downtown
Key Players: Actor Bill Murray, Brad Creger, and co-owner of the Charleston RiverDogs Mike Veeck
Projected Opening: Fall
Once dubbed Food Truck-O-Rama, this space will serve as a hub for Charleston food trucks, while also providing seating and a bar. And, yes, Bill Murray is a part of it.



Location: 721 King St., downtown
Key Players: Restaurateur Brooks Reitz and chef John Amato
Projected Opening: Mid-2018
Melfi’s will offer thin crust pizzas, easy pastas, and an American wine list. Fans of Brooks Reitz’s other projects, Leon’s Oyster Shop and Little Jack’s Tavern, will know to expect a highly curated, yet laid-back experience.



Location: 167 East Bay St., downtown
Key Players: Co-owners of waterfront eatery Fleet Landing Tradd and Weesie Newton
Projected Opening: Fall
Described as “casually elegant and upscale but not uptight,” the first-floor dining room at Tradd’s will have a full bar and a champagne bar. The second floor will be home to an event space. The menu will focus on American cuisine and old-school favorites.

Wiki Wiki Sandbar
Wiki Wiki


Location: 106 East Ashley Ave., Folly Beach
Key Players: Restaurateur Karalee Fallert, chef Jason Dupree, beverage director Xan McLaughlin
Projected Opening: Fall
Wiki Wiki Sandbar will have five rooms with different themes and works from local artists. Expect South Pacific-themed dinners, festive drinks, live music, and weekend brunch served in each unique space. Think slow-roasted pork, a pu-pu platter, and Spam sliders.

Also, keep an eye on:

Azul Mexicano (Park Circle)
Big Bad Breakfast (Downtown)
Dashi (North Charleston)
Farmer & Exchange (Downtown)
Garco Mill (Park Circle)
Herd Provisions (Downtown)
Hotel Bennett (Downtown)
Malagon (Downtown)
Mesu (Downtown)
The Royal Tern (Johns Island)
Slice Co. (West Ashley)
Vicious Biscuit (Mount Pleasant)
Wahlburgers (Unknown)