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Charleston Favorite Millers All Day Opens Second Location on James Island

Plus all the other summer openings around the Lowcountry

Millers All Day is now open on James Island.
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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 spring of 2022, check out this list.

September 9, 2022

JAMES ISLAND — Popular brunch restaurant Millers All Day now has a second location on James Island. Located next to the Terrace Theater, the new space features all the same favorites from the downtown address, as well as unicorn grit tater tots and breakfast shots like the tequila-based shot that “tastes like drinking French Toast Crunch cereal milk.” 1939A Maybank Highway; website

LOWER KING — The popular oyster spot 167 Raw team created a gorgeous Mediterranean bar right around the corner on Fulton Street. Bar 167 boasts a bar on each floor, and the interiors are full of easy, breezy nautical touches. Food includes fresh-baked focaccia, crudos, and a bistro steak. Cocktails have an emphasis on housemade tonics, along with spritzes and sangria. 5 Fulton Street; website

UPPER KING — Tulum-inspired bar Ritual takes over the former Carolina Alehouse rooftop space. The cocktails lean tropical and the food is Mexican with a mix of tacos, empanadas, and Tajin-dusted calamari. It’s definitely trying to attract the party crowds with sharable cocktails and shots with “magic sparkles.” 145 Calhoun Street; website

THE MARKET — Cheery restaurant Gingerline may sit on the Market, but the interiors transport visitors to a tropical vacation. The brightly colored eatery offers a menu full of dishes from Latin and South America, like red snapper ceviche, beef tartare, sea bass tacos, duck chaufa, Cubano sandwiches, tostones, ropa vieja, and more. 55 South Market Street; website

August 3, 2022

MOUNT PLEASANT — Charlestonians love to complain about the lack of Indian food in the Lowcountry, so perhaps newcomer Spice Palette will fill that need. According to Post and Courier, owner Sujith Varghese already runs two Indian restaurants in New York but decided to open one here after dining at a local establishment. Selections at Spice Palette range from masala dosa to kheema samosas to biryanis to lamb vindaloo. 1220 Ben Sawyer Boulevard; website

CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — Daniel “Dano” and Bethany Heinze returned to Charleston from Los Angeles to open neighborhood American bistro Vern’s. In the kitchen, Dano draws from his previous work with hyper-local produce at the former McCrady’s, ingredient-based cooking in California, and travels through Europe with Bethany. He describes the food as “sharable American-style cuisine.” The intimate dining room feels like being invited to your cool neighbor’s house for an impromptu dinner party where everything just happens to come together magically. 41 Bogard Street; website

CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — The popular farmer’s market staple Holey City Bagels has a permanent location for its boiled creations. The corner shop sells a wide range of doughy creations from a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich to lox and cream cheese with capers and red onion. 43 Cannon Street; website

CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — James Island staple Baguette Magic opened a second location on Spring Street, so now the downtown set can grab pastries, coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and lunch. 73 Spring Street; website

NORTH CHARLESTON — Looking for chicken and waffles in the morning or turkey wings and mac and cheese in the afternoon? Bar on Avenue features a rotating menu of Southern specials to cure those cravings. 4634 Spruill Avenue; Facebook

FRENCH QUARTER — The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel is undergoing renovation and along with the new look comes the coffee shop/lunch stop the Black Door Cafe. 115 Meeting Street; website

NOMO — Since opening, Heavy’s Barburger became a contender for best wings and cheeseburger in Charleston. The restaurant took over the former Tattooed Moose spot and puts out some solid bar food. 1137 Morrison Drive; website

July 5, 2022

THE NECK — Entrepreneurs Clay and Marissa Carlisle opened a bright and breezy brewery in the Lumberyard complex in the northern part of the peninsula. Bevi Bene Brewing Co. serves lagers, sours and hard kombuchas. 1859 Summerville Avenue; website

EAST SIDE — Natural wines abound at Bar Rollins. Owners Chris Rollins and Jess Vande Werken spent the past few years drumming up excitement for their bottle selections in Charleston with pop-ups featuring prominent chefs like FIG’s Jason Stanhope. They finally found an address for their “wine dive bar,” and it’s a charming establishment with mismatched bistro furniture, exposed brick, and shelves of colorful bottles. 194 Jackson Street; Instagram

JOHNS ISLAND — Mexican-meets-Southern restaurant Minero is back in the Lowcountry with a new address. Chef Shamil Velazquez (also of Delaney Oyster House) brought back favorites like the charcoal-grilled wings covered in Valentina hot sauce, benne salsa, and the super-stuffed burrito covered in Oaxaca cheese. He also added new menu items to the lineup, like fajitas, Yucatan-style fish with pibil sauce, shrimp and snapper ceviche, and a breakfast burrito on the weekends. Certified open. 140 Maybank Highway; website

WEST ASHLEY — Ever since the news broke about West Ashley sandwich shop Cold Shoulder Gourmet, owner Craig Edmunds can’t keep his creations in stock and typically sells out before 11 a.m. Edmunds works with top-tier ingredients — like in the Spicy, he layers nduja, salami, parmesan, truffle cream, greens, and truffle hot sauce. 1684 Old Towne Road; Instagram

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