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.
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. Status: Certified open. 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. Status: Certified open. 41 Bogard Street; website.
CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — Popular farmer’s market staple Holey City Bagels now 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. Status: Certified open. 43 Cannon Street; 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. Status: Certified open. 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. Status: Certified open. 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. Status: 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. Status: Certified open. 1684 Old Towne Road; Instagram.