Hope-enings: Upcoming Charleston Restaurant Openings

openingsoonLast updated on: 5/21/20

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.

  • 1st Place (Downtown)
    • Spring 2020
    • 570 King St.
    • An “elevated sports bar”
    • Click here for more info
  • Annie O Love’s Café of Sweet Abundance (West Ashley)

    • Opening Soon
    •  1901 Ashley River Rd
    • Vegan cafe
    • Click here for more
  • Bahama Breeze Island Grill
    • Unknown opening date
    • 7801 Rivers Ave. (former home of Sears auto center)
    • Click here for more information
  • BKeDSHoP (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 408 Nexton Square Drive
    • 2,700 square-foot baking facility and storefront
    • This is the bakery's second location (they also have a downtown shop)
    • Click here for more info
  • Bar George (James Island)
    • Scheduled to open in 2020
    • 1956 Maybank Hwy, Suite E (former home of Bowties)
    • From Chef Alex Lira
    • Hot dogs, oysters, cocktails and crudo
    • Click here for more info
  • Benny's (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 111 S Main St.
    • Virginia-based pizza restaurant
    • This will be the area's third location - one in Charleston and another in Mount Pleasant
    • Click here for info
  • Biggby Coffee (West Ashley)
    • Winter 2020
    • 903 St. Andrews Blvd.
  • Blend Juice Bar (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Meeting Street
    • First location is in Mt. Pleasant
  • Buffalo Wild Wings (Summerville)
    • Scheduled to open in 2020
    • Will be in the Nexton development
    • Click here for more info
  • Bumpa's (Downtown)
    • Spring 2020
    • 5 Cumberland St.
    • Click here for more info
    • Website
  • California Tortilla (James Island)
    • Unknown Opening Date
    • 1411 Folly Road (will be part of the new Riverland Market)
    • 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"
  • Carolina Crab House (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 115 E. 5th North St.
    • Click here for more info
  • Charleston Poke Co. (Downtown)
    • Unknown
    • 10 WestEdge
    • Click here for more info
  • Chasing Sage (Downtown)
    • Early 2020
    • 267 Rutledge Ave.
    • Small-plates style with locally-grown produce
    • Click here for more info
    • Website
    • Instagram
  • 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
  • Checkers (West Ashley)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 2069 Savannah Highway
  • Chick-fil-A (West Ashley)
    • End of 2019
    • 2013 Magwood Drive
    • Original location closed in June 2019 to be demolished and rebuilt
    • Click here for information
  • City Market Grocery (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 188 Market Street (replacing Caviar and Bananas)
  • Clerks Coffee Company (Downtown)
    • Scheduled to open in July
    • Will be located in Emeline, a hotel set to open at 181 Church Street
    • “Café serving bread, pastries and gelato”
    • Click here for more info
  • Coastal Crust (James Island)
    • Early 2020
    • 949 Harborview Road (former home of La Tabella)
    • Pizza restaurant with a mobile location in Mt. Pleasant and a location in Greenville
    • Facebook
    • Click here for more info
  • Come Back Shack (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Expected to open in April 2020
    • 1132 Bowman Rd
    • Click here for more info
  • Coney Island Hot Weiner Shop (Park Circle)
    • January 2020
    • 4258 Spruill Ave
    • An Oklahoma-based hot dog restaurant
    • Click here for info
    • Facebook Page
  • 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
  • D’Allesandro’s Pizza (Summerville)
    • Hoping to open by the end of January 2020
    • 414 Nexton Square Drive (part of the Nexton Square Shopping Center)
    • Will be their third area location
    • Click here for more info
  • Dairy Queen (West Ashley)
    • Unknown
    • 828 St. Andrews Blvd.
    • Get details here
  • DB’s Cheesesteaks (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be part of Nexton's Nexton Square
    • Click here for more info
  • Dunkin (Summerville)
    • Scheduled to open in 2020
    • Will be in the Nexton development
    • Click here for more info
  • Eggs Up Grill (West Ashley)
    • Unknown
    • 3875 West Ashley Circle
    • Click here for info
  • Farmer & 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.
  • Fire Asian Grill (West Ashley)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 3871 West Ashley Circle, Suite 300
    • Click here for details
  • Fire Street Food (James Island)
    • Unknown Opening Date
    • 1411 Folly Road (will be part of the new Riverland Market)
    • Click here for more info
  • First Watch (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Scheduled to open January 2020
    • 1236 Belk Drive
    • Breakfast, brunch, lunch
    • Second location (the other is in Summerville)
    • Website
  • Fuji Sushi (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be in Nexton Square, an upcoming 140,000-square-foot retail center
    • Click here for more info
  • Frannie & the Fox (Downtown)
    • Scheduled to open in July
    • Will be located in Emeline, a hotel set to open at 181 Church Street
    • “Wood-fired eatery serving regional ingredients with Italian sensibilities”
    • Click here for more info
  • Greens & Grounds (Downtown)
    • 2020
    • 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
  • Guilded Horn (Downtown)
    • Scheduled to open in 2020
    • 267 Rutledge Ave.
    • Craft beer and wine bar
    • Click here for more info
  • Hibachi Grill & Sushi (James Island)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 1985 Folly Road in the Folly Road Crossing Shopping Center
  • Hobcaw Brewing Co.
    • Unknown
    • 496 Long Point Road
  • Handy + Hot (Downtown)
    • Opening Summer 2020 alongside Lenoir (See listing below)
    • 68 Wentworth Street
    • First brick and mortar location for chef, television personality, and cookbook author Vivian Howard’s online, small-batch bakeshop
    • Grab-and-go biscuits, hand pies, Southern pastries, fresh-pressed juices, and a full coffee and espresso menu
    • Click here for more info
  • Island Provisions (Johns Island)
    • Unknown Opening Date
    • Coffee, juice, craft beer, wines, and food
    • Click here for more info
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs (Summerville)
    • Expected to open in April 2020
    • 1585 Central Ave.
    • Click here for more info
  • Juice Joint (James Island)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 1291 Folly Road
    • Click here for more info
  • King Street Cookies (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 405 W. Coleman Blvd.
    • Click here for more info
  • Kings Calling Brewing Co. (Unknown)
    • Unknown address and opening
    • Tasting room for Southern Charm cast member Austen Kroll's beer
    • Click here for more info
  • Lenoir (Downtown)
    • Opening Summer 2020 alongside Handy + Hot (see listing above)
    • 68 Wentworth Street
    • Restaurant from chef, television personality, and cookbook author Vivian Howard
    • Click here for more info
  • Locals Sushi (Daniel Island)
    • Unknown opening date and unknown location
    • Visit their website for details
  • Locals Sushi (West Ashley)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 1680 Old Towne Rd. (former site of Manny’s Mediterranean Grille
  • Lodi Coffee (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 735 King St.
    • Click here for info
  • The Longboard (Sullivan's Island)
    • Spring 2020
    • 2213 Middle Street (former home of 450 Pizza Joint)
    • Caribbean island-inspired restaurant and bar
    • First location is in the Cruz Bay on the island of St. John
    • Click here for more info
  • The Loyal (Downtown)
    • Fall 2020
    • 465 Meeting Street (Ground floor of Greystar Building)
    • Concept from JF Restaurants, the New York City-based hospitality group founded by restaurateur and Michelin-starred Chef John Fraser
      • "Inspired by Fraser’s nostalgia for classic American establishments and the romance of European bistros"
    • This is will be the second location for The Loyal, with the original on Bleecker Street in New York City
    • Click here for more info
  • Madra Rua (North Charleston)
    • Closed in February after a fire, but plans to reopen
    • 1034 E Montague Ave
    • Click here for more info on the fire
  • Mama Chef Cuban Cafe (North Charleston)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 5325 Park Forest Parkway
    • Click here for more info
  • Maudellz Lifestyle Cafe (West Ashley)
    • Opening 2020
    • 1617 Ashley River Road
    • From the folks behind Dellz Uptown (which closes on February 27th)
    • Click here for more info
  • McDonald's (Summerville)
    • Scheduled to open in 2020
    • Will be in the Nexton development
    • 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!
  • Minero (Johns Island)
    • Scheduled to open summer 2020 in the Live Oak Square Shopping Center on Maybank Highway
    • Casual Mexican restaurant that already has a downtown location
    • Click here for more info
  • Mudhouse Coffee Roasters (Downtown)

    • Unknown Opening Date
    • 375 King St. (former home of Spring Rolls Asian Cuisine)
    • Coffee chain based in Charlottesville
      • This will be the company's sixth location
    • Click here for more info
  • Neon Tiger (Downtown)
    • Scheduled to open in June
    • 654 King St., Suite A (previous home of Juliet)
    • Full-service vegan bar and restaurant
    • Click here for more information
  • Orlando’s Pizza (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown Opening Date
    • 230 Mathis Ferry Rd (former home of Momma Goldberg’s Deli)
    • 2nd location, first is on Daniel Island
    • Click here for info
  • The Oyster Tavern (James Island)
    • Unknown Opening Date
    • 1411 Folly Road (will be part of the new Riverland Market)
    • Click here for more info
  • Page's Okra Grill (Summerville)
    • Fall 2020
    • Will be in Nexton Square, an upcoming 140,000-square-foot retail center
    • Click here for more information
  • Papa ZuZu’s (Summerville)
    • Unknown location or opening date
    • Owner hopes to open a new location after Mt. Pleasant restaurant closed
    • Greek & Italian
    • Click here for more info
  • Pink Bellies (Downtown)
    • Scheduled to open March 2020
    • 595 King Street (inside the Hoffler Place student apartment complex)
    • Former Vietnamese food truck and Workshop tenant
      • Owned by Thai Phi
    • Click here for the full story
  • 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 Burri (West Ashley/Avondale)
    • Winter 2020
    • 835 Savannah Hwy (former Children's Cancer Society Thrift Store building)
    • Atlanta-based sushi and poke restaurant
    • Website
  • Poke Cafe (North Charleston)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 7620 Rivers Ave.
    • 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
  • The Post House (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Scheduled to open in spring 2020
    • 101 Pitt Street (previous home of The Old Village Post House, which closed in February 2019)
    • Restaurant and inn
    • This is the second commercial property in Charleston for Basic Projects, who opened Basic Kitchen at 82 Wentworth in 2017.
    • Click here for more information
  • Rise Biscuits Donuts (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Plans for a location in the new Indigo Square Shopping Center on U.S. Highway 17 fell apart, but The Post & Courier reports that the business is looking for a new location in the area

      • They have several locations across the Southeast, but this will be the first in the Charleston area
    • Click here for more info
  • San Miguel Mexican Grill & Bar (West Ashley)

    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be part of the Bees Ferry Retail Center being bult at Bees Ferry Road and Shadowmoss Parkway
    • Click here for info
  • Sportsbook (Summerville)
    • 2020
    • 1730 State Road
    • Will be in Nexton Square, an upcoming 140,000-square-foot retail center
  • The Square on Meeting (North Charleston)
    • Spring 2020
    • 3517 Meeting Street
    • Food truck park
    • Click here for more info
  • Sweet Frog Yogurt (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown opening date
    • On Highway 41 in the Market at Mill Creek Shopping Center
    • Click here for more info
  • Taco John's
    • Franchise is considering a Charleston location
    • Click here for info
  • Tempest (Downtown)
    • Scheduled to open Spring 2020
    • 32C N. Market Street, next door to 5Church Charleston (in the former Harriott Pinckney Home for Sailors)
    • Seafood restaurant from the team behind 5Church Charleston
    • Click here for more info
  • Tolli’s Apizza (Johns Island)

    • 2020
    • Connecticut Pizzeria to open its first location outside of the state
    • Click here for more info
  • Unknown Project Taking Over former Michael's on the Alley Space (Downtown)

    • Unknown opening date
    • Michael's closed on July 3rd for rebranding
    • 39 John Street
    • Click here for more info
  • Unknown Project at 161 East Bay Street (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 161 East Bay Street (Former home of Southend Brewery and Lagunitas)
    • Will be part of Monogram at East Bay, which will include an event space and rooftop terrace
    • Click here for more info
  • Unknown Project at 1989 Maybank Highway (James Island)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 1989 Maybank Highway
    • Click here for more info
  • Unnamed Coffee Shop (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date/still being planned
    • Vacant lot on Meeting Street (near Santi's)
    • 1,000-square-foot coffee shop with a drive-thru
    • 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 Project Replacing R.B.’s Seafood Restaurant (Shem Creek)
    • 97 Church St.
    • Property sold to Geyer Capital Management LLC of Atlanta in April 2020
    • Company plans to renovate and upgrade the property before it reopens with a new tenant
    • 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 (Summerville)
    • March 2020
    • Will be part of Nexton's Nexton Square
    • Click here for more info
  • Victor Hoppenstein’s Brewlab
    • Unknown Opening Date
    • 2200 Heriot St.
    • Click here for more info
  • Villa 525 (Downtown)
    • Unknown Opening Date
    • 525 Meeting St.
    • "A globally-inspired tapas lounge"
    • Click here for more info
  • Wahlburgers (Unknown location)
    • Unknown time frame

If you see something that needs to be added to the list, just shoot me an e-mail: christian@holycitysinner.com

7 comments

  1. Lisa Renslow 10 April, 2019 at 13:29 Reply

    I don’t see the San Miguel that’s opening up in MP- across from Towne Center! I thought it was opening Mid- April.

    Any word?!

    P.S. Awesome site! It’s my go-to 🙂

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