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Thursday, October 9, 2014

More than a dozen new Charleston restaurants in the works for 2014-15

Can't stop, won't stop

Posted by Kinsey Gidick on Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 9:11 AM

There's been more than one time over the past four years we've been working the Charleston food beat that we've stopped and said, "But seriously, the bubble has got to be about to pop." How many restaurants can one county have? Turns out, more than we can reasonably wrap our minds around. Charleston is the eatingest city we've ever lived in (and we've lived in nine ... including Seattle and San Francisco).

So we figured, why not give you a complete list of what we're watching for 2014-15. Keep in mind this excludes the recent openings of Minero and Artisan Meat Share, as well as the five or so restaurants we don't feel comfortable announcing quite yet. Here it is (in no particular order), the smorgasbord continues:


1. Americano
819 Coleman Blvd.
Last time we hollered at owner John Adamson he said Americano, the new Miami-style restaurant, would be opening late October. We saw an Instagram post of their new signage last week and the place looks just like the retro-cool eatery pedestrian Mt. Pleasant needs. Hot tip, they're hiring now. 

The Americano has a new sign - AMERICANO INSTAGRAM
  • Americano Instagram
  • The Americano has a new sign

2. Cannon Green
103 Spring St.
As we recently reported, this event space-meets-restaurant joins the suddenly tony Spring Street crowd — see: Xiao Bao Biscuit, WildFlour Pastry, Warehouse, Octobachi, etc. The cafe isn't expected to open until November, but in the meantime property owners Easton & Porter are booking weddings and rehearsal dinners for the site.

3. Mushy Peas
363 King St.
There was early excitement about the possibilities of this King Street fish and chips shop, but it appears to be in a holding pattern as the owner completes a chef search. We suspect we'll need to put our holiday high tea plans on hold. Bummer. We were so looking forward to that clotted cream.

4. Motobar
487 King St.
A vegan motorcycle bar may have you confused but Chef Paris Evans believes in her concept and plans to prove naysayers wrong at the end of this month. The Motobar team described their restaurant on Facebook as "a place for gathering. A place to share ideas and plan excursions over a cold beer with warm food and clothes still cloaked in dust and grime from unearthing the road less ventured." Does King Sreet count as the road less traveled? 

5. St. Alban
710 King St.
St. Alban — an all-day Euro cafe — will be the latest property from the Tim Mink/Brooks Reitz partnership. Given Reitz' midas touch and Hollywood smile (the man has been featured in Southern Living, Garden & Gun, and Food & Wine magazines) we suspect St. Alban will piggyback on the wild success of sister property Leon's Oyster Shop.

6. West Side Deli
237 Fishburne St.
Photographer Paul Cheney and Marguerite Chalmers are currently deep into construction on a corner store on Fishburne Street. When we last caught up with Cheney, he told us the place would be a neighborhood spot to "reclaim a little normalcy in the dining scene." That means bagels and Boar's Head sandwiches and no mention of farm-to-table.

West Side Deli - PROVIDED
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  • West Side Deli

7.  Harold's Cabin
247 Congress St.
The news on a Bill Murray owned corner store came via Eater.com editor Erin Perkins in March. This one is close to the Citadel, and Perkins reports the two-story building will seat 65 and have a grab-and-go grocery. The early word was that Harold's would open this fall, but when we did a recent drive-by last weekend, the progress was minimal. We blame George Clooney's wedding.

8. Lewis Barbecue
464 Nassau St. 
We confess, we went a bit loco with the news that Austin, Texas' brisket baron John Lewis is opening a restaurant not only in Charleston, but minutes from CP's headquarters. But the truth is we had every right to go crazy. Lewis' arrival is a major win for Charleston. The man knows his meats and will only make our city's barbecue scene more vibrant and obviously more delicious.

9. Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ Downtown
128 Williman St.
Just a day after confirming John Lewis's Nassau Street Lewis Barbecue, Fiery Ron's Home Team BBQ owner Aaron Siegel confirmed last week that he's putting down roots on Williman Street. Yes, the Meathacking District has arrived. The best part, Siegel and Lewis are chums and are planning to work the pits together next month at COAST Brewing's Brew & Cue. Now if we could just add one more pit master to the butcher block, we'd have a meat trifecta. 

10. Maybank Public House
427 W. Coleman Blvd.
Coleman Public House is packing up their taps and Angus beef burgers and fording the Ashley River to expand. Destination: The Terrace Theater strip. Thank God. We could use a hearty meal après Wes Anderson-twee.

11. Mercantile, Mash, and The Cedar Room
701 E. Bay St. 
The days of the Cigar Factory decaying like a once grand lady are over. The building plan has been transformed from luxury condos to chic office space. But every industrial park, no matter how fancy, needs food, right? That's where Indigo Road (Macintosh, Indaco, Oak Steakhouse, O-Ku) comes in. Indigo is opening Mercantile, Mash, and the Cedar Room event space in the building. We just got a tour of the space still under construction. It's an ambitious project. The plan is to make the ground floor into a hip bar called Mash, and then have a cafe and grocery with hard-to-find artisanal products, Mercantile, next to it. Chef Trey Dutton, formerly of Palmetto Bluff, will helm the project and is deep into planning now. While the space will clearly serve the staffs on site at Cigar Factory, Mercantile and Mash will have parking out front, so locals will be able to swing in for lunch, coffee, or happy hour drinks. We'll have more to come on this project soon. 

12. Seed
223 St. Philip St.
As we posted this week, Seed is the brainchild of brother and sister duo Jill and Macready Downer. The two plan to retrofit two dilapidated buildings and connect them creating a counter service American gourmet restaurant. It's a big project, but Stumphouse architects are on board to make it happen.

13. Falyn's On Forty-One
1055 Hwy. 41, Mt. Pleasant
We're not entirely sure what's going on with this Mt. Pleasant project. We recently reported that the restaurant — which has been in the works for two years — had posted on Facebook that it would be opening by the end of this month. Following our blog post however, Falyn's On Forty-One took the post down. Where does that leave us? After many unreturned calls to find out more, we're back in limbo it appears.

14. Farmers & Exchange
141 East Bay St.
For those who spent many a foggy night at Charlie's Little Bar during the early 2000s, prepare for a flashback. The East Bay Street building will rise from the dead late 2015 to become Farmers & Exchange restaurant. The Balish family plans to spruce up the Moorish building, put a grand piano in the corner, and serve hand-crafted cocktails and food. We're just pumped to see if our dignity is still there from the night we lost it in '05. 

Future home of Farmers & Exchange restaurant - GOOGLE STREET VIEW
  • Google Street View
  • Future home of Farmers & Exchange restaurant

15. Anson
12 Anson St.
In addition to Farmers & Exchange, the Balish family is working to get Anson restaurant back in business following a fire this past Christmas Eve. The renovated space will open in February 2015, we're told.

15. In the Kitchen with Chef Bob Waggoner
164-A Market St.
The former Charleston Grill chef Bob Waggoner has been working on a cooking school/restaurant at 164-A Market St. and per an email from him last night, he's about one month out from opening. His concept will invite 10 guests a night (for $125 per person) to settle in to his kitchen and learn how to prepare the evenings meal. I believe my teacher friends would call it hands on learning. 

16. Tattooed Moose Johns Island
3328 Maybank Hwy. Johns Island
The Moose is taking its duck fat fries to Johns Island. Bonus: its bringing Jason Houser, the artisan butcher behind Meathouse, with them. Houser will have his own butcher shop on site. Customers will be able to snag a Lucky #1 Sub and Houser’s bacon, custom meat, pâté, and charcuterie in one go. 

17. Chickenland
1011 King St.
CP first got word of Hominy Grill Chef Robert Stehling's plans for Chickenland last March. No, it's not a poultry theme park as we had hoped. (Seriously, chickens on a Tilt-a-Whirl, how is that not the best idea ever?) Instead, Stehling has broken ground at Grove and King streets on a chicken-focused diner. Last we heard he was hoping for a February 2015 opening. 

18. 492
492 King St.
Nate Whiting served his last meal at Tristan back in April, but that was not the final word for the chef. Anita Zucker’s Relish Restaurant Group is working on new concept 492 where Whiting will lead the kitchen. Relish is keeping mum on an opening date for now.

19. Ruth's Chris Steak House
55 S. Market St.
We nearly forgot to include this one, but it's true. Apostrophe catastrophe Ruth's Chris Steakhouse will open in the old Tristan space. That's all we have to say about that. 

20. Chipotle 
374 King St.
Ye olde Millenium Music will soon have a Chipotle. With Moe's Southwest Grill just across the street, we're going with Perkins and calling King and Calhoun the Burrito Gateway. 

21. Westendorff
114 St. Philip St.
From what we've learned via Eater.com, owner Steven Niketas will bring brunch to Radcliffeborough with an all-day diner. Brooklyner by way of Virginia, Christopher "Ted" Jackson will be the chef. He previously was the chef and co-owner of Ted and Honey in New York.  

Hungry now? Yeah, us too.

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