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 fall of 2022, check out this list.
February 10, 2023
MOUNT PLEASANT — Restaurateurs Ty Raju and Karen Mennuti-Raju gave Mount Pleasant an Italian experience with Savi Cucina + Wine Bar, and now they are moving to Spain with the opening of Sommba Cocina & Cellar. The menu features sharable small bites like patatas bravas, lamb meatballs, garlic shrimp, and chicken lollipops with hot honey. There’s also a paella selection for those looking for something more substantial. 1710 Shoremeade Road; website.
HARLESTON VILLAGE — Located on the first floor of the Jasper apartment complex near Colonial Lake, Alcove Market offers an option for breakfast and lunch from fine dining chef Orlando Pagán of Wild Common. The new cafe offers salads, grain bowls, avocado toast, fresh juices, coffee, and more. 320 Broad Street; website.
CANNONBOUROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — Restaurateurs Ryan and Kelleanne Jones (also of Kiki & Rye and Community Table) are ready to unleash their live-fire cooking kitchen on Cannon Street. Southbound is due to open on Friday, February 10. The menu is “American influenced,” and features high-end proteins like dry-aged steaks and black sea bass, with a sprinkling of fine dining ingredients like foie gras and sweetbreads. 72 Cannon Street; website.
WEST ASHLEY — Nashville-based fast casual stop Hugh-Baby’s BBQ & Burger Shop moves into South Carolina. The restaurant from pitmaster Pat Martin is known for its smash burgers and milkshakes. 1028 Saint Andrews Boulevard; website.
CANNONBOUROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — The owners of breakfast spot Baguette Magic have turned their kitchen into a temporary Jewish deli named Harriet’s Delicatessen. This concept will run through April. Look for items like pastrami, matzo ball soup, and bagels. 73 Spring Street; Instagram.
WESTSIDE — Neighborhood restaurant Harold’s Cabin has turned its second floor into a groovy lounge named the Pickled Beat. Owner John Schumacher told the City Paper that he wanted the space to give off a vibe of hanging out in someone’s living room. There are also plenty of beet-based menu options. 247 Congress Street; website.
JAMES ISLAND — Connecticut-based chicken spot El Pollo Guapo serves roast bird in a variety of selections. Customers can choose from rotisserie plates, tacos, rice bowls, and salads. 1130 Folly Road; website.
JAMES ISLAND — Popular downtown health-conscious cafe Huriyali now has a second location in Riverland Terrace. Open for breakfast and lunch, the space serves vegetarian-friendly items like acai bowls, avocado toast, and green grits. 2016 Wappoo Drive; website.
ANSONBOROUGH — The most recent bivalve restaurant on the scene, the Quinte, comes from Philadelphia-based hospitality company Method Co., which runs the connected boutique hotel the Pinch. Method Co. is known for its luxury details and attention to branding in all its projects, which for the Quinte, means a seductive Paris-meets-old-New-York interior with a menu full of hyper-local seafood. The menu is tight, but it hits the highlights one would expect from an oyster bar — from seafood towers to shrimp rolls to caviar service. 36 George Street; website.