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. For all the restaurants in the summer of 2022, check out this list.
October 28, 2022
CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — All-day cafe Island Provisions will open on Saturday, October 29. This is the second location for the concept, with the first on Johns Island. The Saint Philip Street address has been meticulously renovated from its previous life as a funeral home and art gallery; it now features a bar, table seating, and a commerce area. The space will serve breakfast, lunch, cocktails, beer, and wine. The menu ranges from avocado toast to Italian sandwiches. 221 Saint Philip Street; website.
FRENCH QUARTER — Meeting Street hotel Mills House recently revealed a modern makeover and new restaurant Iron Rose. The addition replaces the former Barbadoes Room. Iron Rose serves new American and updated Southern cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 115 Meeting Street; website.
NORTH CENTRAL — Chefs Zachary and Hannah Welton make some of the best pizza in Charleston with their wood-fired pop-ups, and now they are bringing more dough to Charleston with the opening of King Street storefront Welton’s Tiny Bakeshop. The new establishment is only open on Saturdays (for now), but the bakeshop puts out a stellar selection of croissants, benne seed loaves, kolaches, cookies, and more. 682 King Street; website.
September 29, 2022
EAST SIDE — Entrepreneur Chris “Boston” DiMattia (Recovery Room and Bangkok Lounge) has another dive bar in his portfolio with the opening of Lucky Luchador. It’s an Irish pub mixed with a Mexican cantina. Expect whiskey, tacos, quesadillas, tequila, and chicken fingers. 35 Hanover Street; Instagram.
UPPER KING — After moving to Charleston from Miami, Kathy and Lane Atkins missed the Cuban cafes of their hometown, so they built one. Cafecito offers Cuban coffee drinks, mango iced tea, guava pastries, empanadas, and Cubanos. 471 King Street; website.
THE MARKET — While the decadent fare and hospitality at Peninsula Grill shine, one of the biggest stars is the multilayer coconut cake. The hotel restaurant recently added cafe Benne’s to serve slices of the famous dessert, along with champagne, coffee, pimento cheese sandwiches, pastries, and more. 112 North Market Street; website.
MOUNT PLEASANT — Smoke master Home Team BBQ now has a seventh location in Mount Pleasant. Look for all the favorites, including dry-rubbed wings, pulled pork sandwiches, and plenty of Gamechangers. 3563 Highway 17; website.
THE MARKET — Food hall Port of Call has a few new tenants. Joining the lineup: Pineapple Hut, serving Dole Whip; French bistro Délicieux with sandwiches, pastries, and coffee; taqueria Taco Art; LowCo Seafood Shack with Lowcountry boil, shrimp and grits, and boiled peanuts; and Peruvian spot Pisco Mar with ceviches, empanadas, and pisco-based cocktails.