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Charleston’s Tex-Mex Spot Juan Luis to Expand into the Workshop Space

A permanent home for gorditas and breakfast tacos

enchiladas, tacos, chips, and salsa
Plates from Juan Luis
Andrew Cebulka
Erin Perkins is the editor of Eater Carolinas, covering the food and restaurant scene across North and South Carolina.

The Texas-meets-Mexican menu from Juan Luis started as a pop-up with the Lewis Barbecue crew; then it moved on to a stall at food hall Workshop; then it became a food truck parked on the Lewis Barbecue lot; and now it will take over the entire Workshop space when the fancy cafeteria closes in the spring. Just announced, pitmaster John Lewis will create a permanent home for Juan Luis at 1503 King Street.

Lewis, originally from El Paso, Texas, says that this “border cuisine” (he prefers this term over “Tex-Mex”) of breakfast tacos, enchiladas, and gorditas is what he grew up eating, so he is excited to make it a more permanent fixture in Charleston.

After Workshop shutters later on this year, Lewis and his team will renovate the space to include a large bar, dining room, and outdoor dining. The larger address will allow Lewis to expand the menu and add an in-house tortilleria and mesquite grill for grilled meats and seafood.

Look for the new Juan Luis to open this fall.

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All Lewis Barbecue Coverage [ECAR]
Charleston’s First Food Hall Workshop to Close This Spring [ECAR]

Lewis Barbecue

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