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Over 30 Charleston Restaurants Closed in 2019

Which was the saddest?

Buttermilk pie at Hominy
Buttermilk pie at Hominy
Bill Addison
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

Eater will keep a running list of all the restaurant closings during the year. Looking for more uplifting news? Here’s the latest catalog of all the restaurant openings in Charleston.

December 20, 2019

JAMES ISLAND — Breakfast food truck Scram packed up for a brick and mortar spot in New Jersey. 1291 Folly Rd.

WAGENER TERRACE — Pizza spot Uneeda Sicilian will take a break after Christmas Eve. The owners have not disclosed if and when the restaurant will reopen in 2020. 624 1/2 Rutledge Ave.

November 11, 2019

LOWER KING — Fast-casual Greek restaurant Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe vacated its King Street shop, but the Mount Pleasant location remains. 306 King St.

October 24, 2019

MAZYCK-WRAGGBOROUGH — Margarita purveyor Sol Southwest Kitchen & Tequila Bar shut down its downtown location. 385 Meeting St.

October 18, 2019

FOLLY BEACH — Popular breakfast spot Black Magic Cafe will lock the doors on its Folly Beach location on Sunday, October 27. The lease has run out, but the owners still have the James Island location with plans to open another in West Ashley. 103 W Erie Ave.

October 1, 2019

MOUNT PLEASANT — Brannon and Renee Florie, owners of Southern/new American eatery On Forty One, announced on Facebook that the restaurant will “no longer operate” at the 1055 Highway 41 address. The Flories will maintain the space however and will build out a new concept. 1055 Highway 41

September 9, 2019

UPPER KING — Meaty restaurant Smoke BBQ unexpectedly shuttered, telling Charleston City Paper, “Rent has gotten really high on Upper King ... having 40 seats on King Street has been amazing, at the same time a business has to make money.” 487 King St.

LOWER KING — Longstanding Tasty Thai & Sushi shut down with an announcement on Facebook. 350 King St.

August 20, 2019

WEST ASHLEY — After almost 30 years in business, owner Michael Stavrinakis decided to cease operations at Greek restaurant Manny’s Mediterranean Grille. The space will become the second outpost of sports bar/sushi place Locals. 1680 Old Towne Rd.

THE MARKET — The lease ran out on tourist trap Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Now where will folks go for imported shrimp? 99 S. Market St.

FRENCH QUARTER — Neighborhood Dining Group restaurant McCrady’s Tavern closed the doors, while tasting menu dining room McCrady’s remains open. 2 Unity Alley

FRENCH QUARTER — Sparkly spot Tradd’s served its last plate after less than a year in business. 167 East Bay St.

CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — Downtown bakery WildFlour is no more, but the West Ashley store lives on. 73 Spring St.

WESTSIDE — Mexican cantina Semilla shut down, but owners/siblings Jill Schenzel and Macready Downer retain the building for a forthcoming business idea. The Semilla food truck still rolls on. 218 President St.

June 24, 2019

JAMES ISLANDJames Restaurant, which took the place of former Screen Door, locked up recently without any explanation. The restaurant was only open for two months. 1271 Folly Rd.

WEST ASHLEY — Brewery and popular pop-up destination Craft Conundrum poured its last beer earlier this month. 630 Skylark Dr.

MOUNT PLEASANT — Wine bar Napa is no longer an option for Towne Centre visitors. 1324 Theater Dr,

MOUNT PLEASANT — The owners of homestyle diner Betty’s Eatery locked the doors to concentrate on their other projects, Cirsea Ice Cream and Red Orchid. 915 Houston Northcutt Blvd.

May 20, 2019

WESTSIDE — Take-out eatery Luke’s Craft Pizza sold out of pies shortly after opening on its final day. At 4:43 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, the owners wrote on Facebook, “And that’s a wrap! Thank you so much, Charleston! We’ve loved slingin’ pies for ya (Keep an eye out for some future pizza happenings )” 271 Ashley Ave.

May 10, 2019

HARLESTON VILLAGE — The second location of Brown Dog Deli closed up this week and the restaurant space is currently listed for sale. 225 Calhoun St.

April 30, 2019

UPPER KING — Caffeine peddler Revelator Coffee Company shut down shop in Charleston. The Post and Courier stated that the establishment posted the following note: “Charleston, thank you! We’re proud of our team and feel honored to have served this city and our neighbors here on Upper King. With regret, we are closing our doors at this location.” 550 King St.

CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — Southern legend Hominy Grill served its last brunch on Sunday, April 28. 207 Rutledge Ave.

April 22, 2019

LOWER KING — Blended drink chain Smoothie King has left its downtown outpost. Are smoothies passé? 351 King St.

April 2, 2019

LOWER KING — Charming Inns’ restaurant Kitchen 208 closed over the weekend. The owners cited lack of labor force as the reason. 208 King St.

March 28, 2019

WEST ASHLEY — After new management took over Bluerose last year, the diner never really recovered. Post & Courier announced that Cuban pop Spanglish will take over the space. 652 St. Andrews Blvd.

WEST ASHLEY — After opening in 2006, casual dog-friendly cafe Parson Jack’s will shut the doors on Sunday, March 31. Dogs are welcome to join in the restaurant’s final days. 3417 Shelby Ray Court

February 19, 2019

PARK CIRCLE — Popular pub Madra Rua closed indefinitely after a massive fire took down parts of the building. Address: 1034 E. Montague Ave.

February 4, 2019

MOUNT PLEASANT — Restaurant/inn Old Village Post House locked the doors after brunch service on Sunday. The eatery, which opened in 2003, did not disclose the reason for the shutter. Address: 101 Pitt St.

MOUNT PLEASANT — Part-Italian and part-Mexican restaurant Congress shut down on February 2. The owners hope to have a new location in the future. Address: 1035 Johnnie Dodds Blvd.

POP-UP — New Jersey pop-up We Flew South sold its final cheesesteak on February 1. There is some hope that the griddle may make another appearance in the future.

January 14, 2019

FRENCH QUARTER — Downtown beer bar Craftsmen Kitchen and Taphouse announced on Facebook that it was shutting down. The post stated: We poured our hearts into this project, in order to achieve our goal being one of the preeminent beer bars in the US. However, the economic realities have slowly set the pace for our future.” There are rumors that the address will become an event space. Address: 12 Cumberland St.

January 4, 2019

MOUNT PLEASANT — Farm-to-table restaurant the Granary shut down on the first day of the new year. Making the decision to close the Granary was certainly a difficult one,” said Steve Palmer, Managing Partner for The Indigo Road Restaurant Group, “We are very sad to close our doors but truly appreciate the support from all of our guests. We are very grateful for our hardworking staff and we are working hard to place all of them within the Indigo Road restaurants.” Address: 835 Coleman Blvd.

RADCLIFFEBOROUGH — Tiki spot South Seas Oasis called it quits on Instagram on Thursday, January 3. The Ann Street spot has been many different concepts for the past two years, but none seemed to stick. Address: 23 Ann St.

MOUNT PLEASANT — Barbecue eatery Smoke shut down its Coleman Boulevard store to restructure. The Upper King original location remains open. Address: 713 Coleman Blvd.


1035 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, , SC 29464 (843) 654-9210 Visit Website

The Granary

835 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

Old Village Post House

101 Pitt St, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (843) 388-8935 Visit Website