Hope-enings: Upcoming Charleston Restaurant Openings

openingsoonLast updated on: 12/7/18

Stop me if you've heard this one before - Charleston's food and beverage scene is one of the best in the country. Whether you agree with that sentiment or not, you can't argue that it's nearly impossible to keep up with all the openings and closings.

To help you keep things straight, Holy City Sinner has compiled a list of upcoming restaurant openings.

Any restaurants that were previously on this list, and have since opened, can be found here. All information is subject to change at any time.

  • 167 Raw (Downtown)
  • 1st Place (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 570 King St.
    • A “premium sports bar”
    • Click here for more info
  • Andolini's Pizza (Summerville)
    • Unknown
    • 1201 Trolley Road
    • Click here for more info
  • Bad Daddy’s Burgers (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be part of Nexton's Nexton Square
    • Click here for more info
  • Basil Thai Restaurant (North Charleston) 
    • January 2019
    • 1070A E Montague Ave (Replacing Lotus Vietnamese Cuisine)
    • Click here for more info
  • Baker and Brewer (Downtown)
    • Early 2019
    • 94 Stuart St (former home of DeSano Pizza Bakery)
    • Pizzeria and brewpub from EVO Pizzeria and Holy City Brewing
    • Click here for more info
  • Bar & Cocoa (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Opened in October and forced to close shortly after failing to secure a retail permit
      • Click here for more info
    • 1450 North Point Lane
      • Seeking a new location
    • Retail location with tasting room
    • Website
  • Bar Louie (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be part of Nexton's Nexton Square
    • Click here for more info
  • Big Bad Breakfast (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 456 Meeting Street
    • All Day Breakfast from James Beard award-winning chef John Currence
    • This will be the sixth location in the country
    • Click here for more details
  • Blaze Pizza (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Pizza shop
    • Will be located in the new Indigo Square Shopping Center on U.S. Highway 17
      • California-based chain that has several sites across the country, but this will be the first in the Charleston area
    • Click here for more info
  • Boxcar Betty's (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be located in the new Indigo Square Shopping Center on U.S. Highway 17
      • This will be the third Charleston-area (fourth overall as there is one in Chicago) Boxcar Betty's location
    • Chicken sandwiches and more
    • Click here for more info
  • Butcher & The Boar (Mount Pleasant)
    • Fall 2018
    • 760 Coleman Blvd. (former home of The Southerly)
    • New American restaurant from Minneapolis
    • Click here for more info
  • Cabana Burger (Johns Island)
    • Unknown
    • 3112 Maybank Highway
    • Click here for more info
  • Callie's Charleston Biscuits (Downtown)
    • Unknown
    • 48 N Market St (former home of Moon Pie General Store)
    • Flyer on the door says "Opening soon we hope"
  • Charleston Poke Co. (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown
    • 10 WestEdge
    • Click here for more info
  • Chatime Tea & Pastries (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 28 Woolfe Street
    • International company serving signature bubble teas and pastries
    • Click here for more info
  • Chatime & Ice Cream Cafe (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be in Nexton Square, an upcoming 140,000-square-foot retail center
    • Click here for more info
  • City Market Grocery (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 188 Market Street (replacing Caviar and Bananas)
  • Clean Juice (West Ashley)
    • A fresh juice and smoothie bar
    • 975 Savannah Hwy. #109 in West Ashley
      • Scheduled to open on in 2018
  • Coney Island Hot Weiner Shop (Unknown location)
    • Early 2019
    • An Oklahoma-based hot dog restaurant
    • Click here for info
  • Cove Oyster Bar and Grille (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be in Nexton Square, an upcoming 140,000-square-foot retail center
    • Click here for more info
  • Culver's (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening
    • 1904 N. Main St. on U.S. Highway 17A
    • Wisconsin-based burger chain featuring "ButterBurgers" and custard
    • Click here for more info
  • Dairy Queen (West Ashley)
    • Unknown
    • 828 St. Andrews Blvd.
    • Get details here
  • Dashi (North Charleston)
    • Fall 2018
    • 1262 Remount Road
    • Food truck turning into restaurant
    • Combines Asian and Latin cuisines
    • Click here for more info
  • DB’s Cheesesteaks (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be part of Nexton's Nexton Square
    • Click here for more info
  • Dunkin Donuts (Summerville)
    • Opening on July 17th
    • 4720 Ladson Road
  • El PinchoTaco (Downtown)
    • Opening on September 27th
    • 616 Meeting Street (former home of Cortaditos Cuban Cafe)
    • Mexican/Latin cuisine
    • Click here for more info
  • Estadio Charleston (Downtown)
    • Scheduled to open in 2018
    • 122 Spring Street
    • Tapas restaurant to be headed by Chef Alex Lira
    • This will be the restaurant's second location. The original is in Washington, DC
    • Click here for more info
  • Farmers & Exchange (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 141 East Bay Street
    • First report since 2014 was published by Eater Charleston on 9/6/16. You can read it here.
  • Firefly Distillery (North Charleston)
    • Fall 2019
    • Firefly Distillery said it will be relocating its production site to 1210 Valdosta St.
    • Click here for more info
  • Fractured Prune (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Scheduled to open in September 2018
    • 1247 Ben Sawyer Blvd.
    • Maryland-based Doughnut Shop
    • Click here for more info
  • Fuji Sushi (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be in Nexton Square, an upcoming 140,000-square-foot retail center
    • Click here for more info
  • Checkers and Rally’s (Goose Creek)
    • Scheduled to open in October
    • 1607 Red Bank Road
  • Greens & Grounds (Downtown)
    • Scheduled to open in February
    • 601 Meeting St. (inside the Meeting Street Lofts)
      • Will be the second location; the other is in Workshop
    • "High-quality coffee, healthy eats, and positive vibes"
      Website
    • Click here for more info
  • Halls Chophouse (Summerville)
    • Summer 2018
    • Will be in Nexton Square, an upcoming 140,000-square-foot retail center
    • Click here for more info
  • Herd Provisions (Downtown)

    • Unknown
    • 106 Grove Street (former home of Ark Lounge)
    • Butcher shop and restaurant
    • Click here for more information.
  • Hibachi Grill & Sushi (James Island)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 1985 Folly Road in the Folly Road Crossing Shopping Center
  • House of Brews 2 (West Ashley)
    • Fall 2018
    • Second location
    • Craft beer, wine, coffee, and tea
    • Click here for more info
  • Jackrabbit Filly (Short Grain Project)
    • Unknown Opening Date
    • 4628 Spruill Ave.
    • Restaurant from Short Griain's Shuai and Corrie Wang
    • Click here for more info
  • Jon Smith Subs (Mount Pleasant)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 1748 Towne Centre Way in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre
    • Sandwich shop
  • King Street Cookies (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 405 W. Coleman Blvd.
    • Click here for more info
  • Krispy Kreme (North Charleston)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Ladson Road
    • Click here for more info
  • Kudzu Bakery & Market (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown Opening Date
    • 1100 Bowman Rd, Suite 100 (former home of MidiCi)
  • Locals Sushi (Daniel Island)
    • Unknown opening date and unknown location
    • Visit their website for details
  • Maison (Downtown)
    • 2019
    • 708 King Street (former home of Pancito & Lefty)
    • French bistro from Carlton “Vandy” Vanderwarker, the former chef de cuisine at The Ordinary
    • Click here for more info
  • Malagón (Downtown)
    • Scheduled to open by the end of 2018
    • 22 Spring Street (former home of Artisan Meat Share)
    • From the owners of Chez Nous
    • Spanish-style taperia and market
    • Click here for more info
  • Marco’s Pizza (Summerville)
    • Scheduled to open on October 1st
    • 1001 Bacons Bridge Road
  • Maui Tacos
    • Unknown opening date
    • 200 Meeting St. (former site of Dunkin Donuts)
    • Hawaii-based "Mexican Surf Grill"
    • Click here for more info
  • Mesu (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 570 King St.
    • “Mexican, Sushi/Tequila, Sake Bar”
    • Click here for more info
  • Metro Diner (West Ashley)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 1812 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard (within the Westwood Plaza)
    • Diner chain that started in Jacksonville, FL
    • Click here for more info
  • Mex 1 (Downtown)
    • 810 Meeting St.
    • This would be the third/fourth Mex 1 location (West Ashley and Sullivan's Island are already open, a Mt. Pleasant location is in the works)
    • City Paper has the scoop!
  • Nimbo's (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Pizza shop from Halo owner Geoff Chewning
    • 161 Rutledge Ave.
    • Click here for more info
  • Off Track Ice Cream (Downtown)
    • Spring 2019
    • 6 Beaufain St.
    • Scoop shop and production kitchen featuring "super-premium ice cream and vegan ice cream from scratch. We use only natural ingredients with a focus on local sourcing."
    • Click here for more info
  • Paisano's Pizza Grill (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown
    • Would be built in a "proposed new structure in the Publix-anchored Queensborough Shopping Center off Johnnie Dodds and Anna Knapp boulevards" - The Post & Courier has the details here.
    • Would be the group's third local pizzeria
  • Philly Pretzel Factory (Summerville)
    • 2018
    • 2007 Second Ave., Ste. A (the team is also looking into two other locations in the area)
    • Philly-style pretzel bakery
    • Click here for more info
  • Pizza Prospero (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 1150 Hungryneck Blvd., Unit E, in Irongate Plaza
    • Click here for more info
  • Pink Cactus (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 101A Spring St.
    • Classic regional Mexican cuisine from Brooke Warden (currently works at Charleston Grill)
    • Click here for more info
  • Pluff Mud Seafood (Johns Island)
    • Unknown Opening Date
    • 3406 Maybank Hwy (former home of JB's Smokeshack)
    • From Sean Mendes of Gillie’s Soul Food
    • Click here for more info
  • Poke Tea House (Mt. Pleasant)
    • 2018
    • 627 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. Ste. B (inside the Pivotal Fitness)
    • Second location
    • Click here for more info
  • Poogan’s Southern Kitchen (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be part of Nexton's Nexton Square
    • Click here for more info
  • Primo Hoagies (Mt. Pleasant)
    • September 2018
    • Highway 17 (near Jack's Cosmic Dogs)
    • Philadelphia-based hoagie shop
    • Click here for more info
  • Rise Biscuits Donuts (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be located in the new Indigo Square Shopping Center on U.S. Highway 17
      • They have several locations across the Southeast, but this will be the first in the Charleston area
    • Click here for more info
  • The Royal Tern (Johns Island)
    • 2018
    • 3005 Maybank Highway
    • Seafood Restaurant
    • Click here for more info
  • RuRu’s Tacos + Tequila (Downtown)
    • Scheduled to open by the end of January 2019
    • 159 East Bay St.
    • Four-year-old Charlotte restaurant's first franchise store
    • Click here for more info
  • Saint Alban (Downtown, Reopening at new location)
    • Unknown opening date and location
  • San Miguel Mexican Grill & Bar (West Ashley)

    • Spring 2019
    • Will be part of the Bees Ferry Retail Center being bult at Bees Ferry Road and Shadowmoss Parkway
    • Click here for info
  • Second State Coffee
    • 766 S Shelmore Blvd.
    • Company took over Collective Coffee Co. and will be re-branding as Second State
      • Unknown timeline
    • 2 Nixons chef Jeffrey Stoneberger will serve as culinary director
    • Click here for more info
  • Ship's Wheel (North Charleston)
    • Unknown
    • 1033 & 1037 E. Montague Ave
    • Local cider company is planning to open a tasting room
  • Sightsee
    • Unknown opening date and location
    • Retail and coffee concept
    • They are currently hosting pop-ups at J. Stark
  • Starbucks (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 281 Calhoun St. (in the former Bank of American building)
    • Click here for more info
  • Starbucks (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 953 Houston Northcutt Blvd.
    • Click here for more info
  • Superica (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Talk was that it would be opening in The Cigar Factory
    • Tex-Mex concept from Atlanta's Chef Ford Fry
    • The original restaurant is in Atlanta's Krog Street Market
    • Click here for more information
  • Swig & Swine (Downtown)
    • Scheduled to open on December 14th
    • 49 South Market Street (former home of Lowcountry Bistro)
    • Restaurant's fourth location
    • Click here for more info
  • Taco Boy (Summerville)
    • 2018
    • Will be in Nexton Square, an upcoming 140,000-square-foot retail center
    • Click here for more info
  • Taco John's
    • Franchise is considering a Charleston location
    • Click here for info
  • Toast (Summerville)
    • Late 2018/Early 2019
    • Will be in Nexton Square, an upcoming 140,000-square-foot retail center
    • Click here for more info
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be part of Nexton's Nexton Square
    • Click here for more info
  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe (West Ashley)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 1812 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard (within the Westwood Plaza)
    • Will be the Charleston area's 4th location
    • Click here for more info
  • Unknown Project at 1989 Maybank Highway (James Island)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 1989 Maybank Highway
    • Click here for more info
  • Unknown Project Root + Spiller (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 258 King Street (will be located inside Club Monaco, a clothing store)
    • Original concept from Atlanta's James Beard Award-winning chef Hugh Acheson and Root Baking Co. was scraped
    • The Charleston City Paper says Club Monaco plans to move forward with a different vendor. You can read more here.
  • Unknown Vietnamese Restaurant (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 281 Meeting Street
  • Unnamed Cannon Green Replacement (Downtown)
    • The company behind Cannon Green is planning to open a new restaurant in its place
    • 103 Spring Street
    • Click here for more info
  • Unnamed Coffee Shop (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 132 Spring Street (replacing The Eclectic Cafe & Vinyl which is closing on May 27th)
    • Coffee shop
    • Click here for more info
  • Unnamed Food Hall within Garco Mill (Park Circle, North Charleston)
    • Unknown Opening Date
    • Located between Virginia and O’Hear Avenues
    • Will have 16 stalls
    • Click here for more info
  • Unnamed Hotel Bennett restaurant
    • Unknown
    • 404 King St.
    • Executive chef Michael Sichel
    • Click here for more info
  • Unknown project at 1622 Highland Ave (James Island)

    • Unknown opening date
    • 1622 Highland Ave.
    • A new business will take over the former home of Sermet’s Southernterranean
    • Click here for more info
  • Unnamed Project from Sermet Aslan
    • Unknown opening date
    • Unknown location ("Along the Wando River")
    • Click here for more info
  • Vicious Biscuit (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Fall 2018
    • 409 Coleman Blvd. (former home of Boulevard Diner)
    • “Fork and knife” biscuits, biscuit sandwiches, build-your-own Bloody Marys, and local craft beers
    • Click here more info
  • Vicious Biscuit (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be part of Nexton's Nexton Square
    • Click here for more info
  • Villa 525 (Downtown)
    • Fall 2018
    • 525 Meeting St.
    • "A globally-inspired tapas lounge"
    • Click here for more info
  • Waffle House (Moncks Corner)
    • Unknown
    • U.S. Highway 52 and Cypress Gardens Road (near Foxbank Plantation)
    • Property was purchased, but no plans have been announced
    • Click here for more info
  • Wahlburgers (Unknown location)
    • Unknown time frame
  • Wide Awake Brewing (Summerville)

    • Will open near the Nexton development in Summerville
    • 2018
    • Brewery
    • Click here for more info
  • Wiki Wiki Sandbar (Folly Beach)
    • Fall 2018
    • 106 E. Ashley Ave.
    • Hawaiian/Tiki/South Pacific
    • "6,500 square-foot restaurant and bar with five rooms of various themes designed and interpreted by local artists." (via Post & Courier, link below)
    • From restaurateur Karalee Fallert
    • Executive Chef Jason Dupree
    • Click here for more info
  • Wok N Roll (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be part of Nexton's Nexton Square
    • Click here for more info
  • Zoe's Kitchen (West Ashley)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be in the new West Ashley Station Shopping Center on Savannah Highway
    • The Texas-based restaurant has another location in Mount Pleasant

If you see something that needs to be added to the list, just shoot me an e-mail: [email protected]

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