Hope-enings: Upcoming Charleston Restaurant Openings

openingsoonLast updated on: 4/20/19

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
  • Agave Cantina (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown opening date
    • On Highway 41 in the Market at Mill Creek Shopping Center
    • 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
  • Bahama Breeze Island Grill
    • Unknown opening date
    • 7801 Rivers Ave. (former home of Sears auto center)
    • Click here for more information
  • 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
  • The Bearded Axe (Park Circle)
    • April 2019
    • Originally called The Ax Hole
    • 1077 East Montague Ave.
    • Ax Throwing Venue
      • seven lanes for ax throwing along with a bar to serve beer and wine
    • 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
  • Binky’s Seaside Oyster and Liquor Bar (Isle of Palms)

    • Scheduled to open in April
    • 1130 Ocean Blvd. (former home of Banana Cabana)
    • From Ken Vedrinski, owner of Coda del Pesce and Trattoria Lucca
    • Click here for more info
  • Bishopp’s Chicken Biscuit (Downtown)
    • May/June 2019
    • 83 Mary Street
    • Click here for more info
  • 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
  • Bojangles' (Summerville)
    • Opening on April 30th
    • Main Street in Summerville
    • Click here for more info
  • Boxcar Betty's (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Opening on April 3rd
    • 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)
    • Early 2019
    • 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. (Downtown)
    • Unknown
    • 10 WestEdge
    • 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)
  • 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)
    • Opening on March 25th
    • 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)
    • 2019
    • 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)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be part of Carnes Crossroads community
    • Click here for more info
  • East Bay Deli (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be part of Carnes Crossroads community
    • Click here for more info
  • Estadio Charleston (Downtown)
    • Early 2019
    • 122 Spring Street
    • Tapas restaurant to be headed by Chef Alex Lira
    • Owner/sommelier is Max Kuller
    • 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)
    • Scheduled to open in January 2020
    • Firefly Distillery is relocating its production site to 1210 Valdosta St.
    • Tasting room, a gift shop, and a working distillery
    • Click here for more info
  • The Flying Biscuit (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Plans to open in April
    • 794 Coleman Blvd. (former Kudzu Bakery site)
    • Atlanta-based restaurant chain was found in 1993
    • Serves breakfast, lunch and dinner
    • Click here for more info
  • Food Fight (James Island)
    • Summer 2019
    • 807 Folly Road (Former home of Roadside Seafood)
    • "Globally inspired dishes using local bounty" from Chef Dusty Chorvat
    • Click here for more info
  • Fox & Bear Creamery (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Opening April 5th
    • 619 Johnnie Dodds Blvd
    • "High-end ice cream parlor"
    • "Will use liquid nitrogen at -321 degrees F to flash freeze its made-to-order servings, according to its website. The shop also will serve as a mini-arcade, offering games from foosball to billiards." - More info here
  • Fuji Sushi (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown opening date
    • On Highway 41 in the Market at Mill Creek Shopping Center
    • 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
  • 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 2019
    • Will be in Nexton Square, an upcoming 140,000-square-foot retail center
    • Click here for more info
  • Herd Provisions (Downtown)

    • February/March
    • 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
  • Hobcaw Brewing Co.
    • Unknown
    • 496 Long Point Road
  • House of Brews 2 (West Ashley)
    • 2019
    • Second location
    • Craft beer, wine, coffee, and tea
    • Click here for more info
  • IOP RAW at Long Island Cafe (Isle of Palms)

    • Spring 2019
    • 1515 Palm Blvd.
    • Raw Bar attached to Long Island Cafe
    • Click here for info
  • Jackrabbit Filly (Short Grain Project)
    • Unknown Opening Date
    • 4628 Spruill Ave.
    • Restaurant from Short Griain's Shuai and Corrie Wang
    • “(A) celebration of local farmers and fishermen inspired by Japanese cuisine, but fueled by Chinese heritage”
    • Click here for more info
  • J&C Crab (North Charleston)

    • Unknown opening date
    • 7690 Northwoods Blvd.
    • Viet-Cajun seafood restaurant from Florida
    • Click here for more details
  • Jon Smith Subs (Mount Pleasant)
    • Opening on April 11th
    • 1748 Towne Centre Way in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre
    • Sandwich shop
  • Keko’s Asian Fusion (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 248 N. Main St. (former OK Grocery site)
    • Click here for more info
  • King Claw: Juicy Seafood & Bar (West Ashley)

    • Unknown opening date
    • 1734 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. (former home of Yokoso Japanese Steakhouse)
    • Viet-Cajun restaurant
    • Click here for more info
  • King Street Cookies (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 405 W. Coleman Blvd.
    • Click here for more info
  • Krispy Kreme (North Charleston)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 3651 Ladson Road (part of the project at Palmetto Commerce Parkway)
    • Click here for more info
  • Locals Sushi (Daniel Island)
    • Unknown opening date and unknown location
    • Visit their website for details
  • Lodi Coffee (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 735 King St.
    • Click here for info
  • Louisiana Cajun Express (North Charleston)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 8409 Dorchester Road
  • Macro's Pizza (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown opening date
    • On Highway 41 in the Market at Mill Creek Shopping Center
    • Click here for more info
  • Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint (James Island)
    • Mid-April
    • 1622 Highland Avenue (former home of Sermet’s Southernterranean)
    • Whole hog barbecue restaurant based in West Tennessee
    • Click here for more info
  • Mesu (Downtown)
    • Early Summer 2019
    • 570 King St.
    • “Mexican, Sushi/Tequila, Sake Bar”
    • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • Poogan’s Southern Kitchen (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be part of Nexton's Nexton Square
    • Click here for more info
  • Popbar (Charleston)
    • Unknown opening date and location
    • All natural gelato and sorbetto with unique flavors like pistachio, blood orange, dulce de leche, green tea cookies and cream and spicy chocolate
    • Website
  • Popbar (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date and location
    • All natural gelato and sorbetto with unique flavors like pistachio, blood orange, dulce de leche, green tea cookies and cream and spicy chocolate
    • Website
  • 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
  • Rusty Crab Seafood Bar & Grill (North Charleston)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 8440 Dorchester Road
  • Saint Alban (Downtown, Reopening at new location)
    • Unknown opening date and location
  • The Salty Dog Cafe (Bohicket Marina, Johns Island)
    • Opening in May 2019
    • Waterfront bar and restaurant
    • Original location is in Hilton Head
    • Click here for info
  • San Miguel Mexican Grill & Bar (Mt. Pleasant)
  • 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
  • Ship's Wheel Hard Cider (North Charleston)
    • Spring 2019
    • 1033 E. Montague Ave
    • Local craft cider company is planning to open a cidery and tasting room
    • Click here for details
  • Sightsee (Downtown)

    • Unknown opening date
    • 125½ Line St
    • Retail and coffee concept
    • They are currently hosting pop-ups at J. Stark
  • Smoothie King (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Coleman Blvd.
    • Click here for more info
  • Starbucks (Mt. Pleasant)
    • Unknown opening date
    • On Highway 41 in the Market at Mill Creek Shopping Center
    • Click here for more info
  • Steel City Pizza (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be third area location
    • Will be part of Carnes Crossroads community
    • 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
  • 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 Boy (Summerville)
    • 2019
    • 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
  • Tolli’s Apizza (Johns Island)

    • Summer 2019
    • Connecticut Pizzeria to open its first location outside of the state
    • Click here for more info
  • Tasty Crab House (North Charleston)
    • Unknown
    • 7800 Rivers Ave
    • "South Carolina's Tasty Seafood Boil"
    • Website
  • 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 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 Italian Restaurant (Downtown)
    • Unknown opening date
    • 601 Meeting St. in Meeting Street Lofts
    • Click here for more information
  • Unnamed Project from Sermet Aslan
    • Unknown opening date
    • Unknown location ("Along the Wando River")
    • Click here for more info
  • Vicious Biscuit (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be part of Nexton's Nexton Square
    • Click here for more info
  • Villa 525 (Downtown)
    • 2019
    • 525 Meeting St.
    • "A globally-inspired tapas lounge"
    • 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
  • Wok N Roll (Summerville)
    • Unknown opening date
    • Will be part of Nexton's Nexton Square
    • Click here for more info
  • The Woodruff (Johns Island)

    • Summer 2019
    • 1803 Crowne Commons Way
    • Wine Bar
    • Click here for more info

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

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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