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Is Charleston’s Massive Barbecue Bubble Shrinking?

Tracking all the closings in Charleston for 2020

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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.

January 28, 2020

WEST ASHLEY — In 2019, Smoke BBQ shut the doors on its two locations, and in the new year, Black Wood Smokehouse locked the doors. Owner Joseph Jacobson tells Post and Courier that high rents, low visibility, and area competition were the reasons for closing.

Other than the high overhead, Charleston is full of other smoked meat options. In a town with Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Home Team BBQ, Lewis Barbecue, Swig & Swine, Martin’s Bar-B-Que, and more, it’s a tough field to play. Will the Lowcountry see the fire go out on more of these establishments? Is there finally enough brisket and pulled pork in town? Will someone else try to bring another barbecue establishment here? Keep an eye on Eater for any more word of closings. 90 Folly Rd. Blvd.

NORTH CHARLESTON — Locals Sushi vacated its space in the Mixson neighborhood. The restaurant will open a new location in West Ashley in the former Manny’s Mediterranean Grille. 4401 McCarthy St.

LOWER KING — Quick takeout spot Spring Rolls Asian Cuisine locked the doors and already sold its location. 375 King St.

MOUNT PLEASANT — Longstanding Greek restaurant Papa Zuzu’s left its Mount Pleasant address and has plans to reopen in Summerville. 426 W Coleman Blvd.