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Plus all the other fall openings

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 summer openings for an archive of the newcomers from January through early March.

December 13, 2019

NOMOGingerVine Street Foods takes over the Workshop stall that was last occupied by Free Reign, a wood-fired coastal kitchen that recently found home in Mount Pleasant. Caroline Campbell, who joins Workshop after spending time at the Obstinate Daughter, offers a menu inspired by the family meal that restaurants serve to staff. She uses a wood-fired oven for seasonal dishes like pork molé, which she learned how to make from her former Oaxacan co-workers. Status: Certified open. 1503 King St.; website.

JAMES ISLAND — The team at Kwei Fei opened mini-Mexican restaurant Micho in the container behind the Pour House. Look for crispy tacos, tortas, and bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Status: Certified open. 1977 Maybank Hwy.; Facebook.

JAMES ISLAND — Queen Street Hospitality Group brings Mexican flavors to Folly Road with Jalisco Taqueria and Tequila. The menu includes traditional tacos filings like carnitas, barbacoa, and al pastor. Status: Certified open. 1271 Folly Rd.; website.

December 4, 2019

JOHNS ISLAND — Cabana Burgers and Shakes is now serving exactly what it says in the name — burgers and shakes. Status: Certified open. 1801 Crowne Commons Way; Facebook.

JOHNS ISLAND — Breakfast spot KISS Cafe serves omelettes, avocado toast, grits bowls, and more. Status: Certified open. 1801 Crowne Commons Way; Facebook.

November 25, 2019

NORTH CHARLESTON — Vegans on Rivers recently opened with menu items like mock chicken salad, a veggie burger, pineapple upside down cake, and more. Owner Goddess Tiye decided to go vegan after the closure of Dellz on Macon. Status: Certified open. 4245 Rivers Ave.; website.

MOUNT PLEASANT — Brannon Florie restaurant On Forty-One is now the Basement. It’s upscale bar food in a sports/dive bar atmosphere. Think wings and duck confit tater tots. Status: Certified open. 1055 Hwy. 41; article.

NORTH CHARLESTON — Grand Rooster Restaurant is open once again after a brief hiatus. There’s plenty of slow-roasted chicken and farro bowls. Status: Certified open. 1809 Reynolds Ave.; website.

NORTH CHARLESTON — Chinese-American restaurant Jackrabbit Filly unlocked the doors to adoring fans recently. From the former Short Grain team, the new brick-and-mortar spot combines Japanese cold items with Chinese dishes on the hot side. Status: Certified open. 4628 Spruill Ave.; website.

SUMMERVILLE — Baker Danetra Richardson just opened her first brick-and-mortar shop in downtown Summerville. Richardson is the proprietor of Swank Desserts, which started as an online sweets shop in 2015. She specializes in stacked wedding cakes, intriguing macaron flavors, delectable cupcakes, and decadent Nutella caramel brownies. Status: Certified open. 110 A South Cedar Street; article.

November 6, 2019

CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — After setting up in New York, Sunshine Hummus landed in Charleston. Look for different hummus combinations and baklava. Status: Certified open. 116A Spring St.; Facebook.

October 30, 2019

MOUNT PLEASANT — The menu at I’On newcomer Community Table includes a lot of comforting food, like wild mussels with sofrito, strip steak with brown butter whipped potatoes, and cast iron fish with fire roasted carrot hummus. The restaurant offers dinner and brunch. Status: Certified open. 148 Civitas St.; website.

NORTH CHARLESTON — Downtown restaurant Cuban Gypsy Pantry recently expanded up north for its second store. Look for empanadas, lomo saltado, coconut shrimp, and more —including a much bigger dining area than the Calhoun Street store. Status: Certified open. 5060 Dorchester Rd.; website.

FRENCH QUARTER — From the owners of the Harbinger comes Harken Cafe. The shop offers unique coffee choices like the Jack Rudy espresso tonic and a spiced vanilla latte. For breakfast, customers can order avocado labneh toast, slab pie, or a chia bowl. Lunch includes a daily baguette sandwich and a salad. Status: Certified open. 62 Queen St.; article.

CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — Hip tapas place, by way of D.C., Estadio opened to excited crowds hungry for patatas bravas, house tonics, and more. Status: Certified open. 122 Spring St.; article.

UPPER KING — Forte Jazz Lounge is downtown Charleston’s only spot for live jazz music with a chance for a few drinks. Status: Certified open. 475 King St.; website.

CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — Cozy bar Coquin offers frosé, beer, and wine. The food menu is small with snacks ranging from truffle goat cheese spread to poached artichokes. Status: Certified open. 73 Spring St.; website.

UPPER KING — Bar/restaurant Mesu is split into a Mexican side and a sushi side. There’s carnitas nachos, chicken wing tacos, corn covered in ranch and cotija, a dunk confit spring roll, a tuna poke tower, a lobster ragoon roll, and more. The only crossovers seem to be the miso honey glaze on the boneless wings used in the tacos and the carnitas in the shoyu pork roll. Status: Certified open. 570 King St.; website.

MOUNT PLEASANT — Minneapolis-based restaurant Butcher & the Boar offers plenty of sausage, steaks, and bourbon in Mount Pleasant. Status: Certified open. 760 Coleman Blvd.; website.

WEST ASHLEY — Cuban restaurant Spanglish opened to all the loyal fans (and new ones) hungry for ropa vieja and plantains. Status: Certified open. 652 Saint Andrews Blvd.; website.

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