Plus all the other fall openings
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. Visit the fall openings for an archive of the newcomers from January through early March.
November 6, 2019
CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — After setting up in New York, Sunshine Hummus landed in Charleston. Look for different hummus combinations and baklava. Status: Certified open. 116A Spring St.;Facebook.
October 30, 2019
NORTH CHARLESTON — Downtown restaurant Cuban Gypsy Pantry recently expanded up north for its second store. Look for empanadas, lomo saltado, coconut shrimp, and more —including a much bigger dining area than the Calhoun Street store. Status: Certified open. 5060 Dorchester Rd.; website.
FRENCH QUARTER — From the owners of the Harbinger comes Harken Cafe. The shop offers unique coffee choices like the Jack Rudy espresso tonic and a spiced vanilla latte. For breakfast, customers can order avocado labneh toast, slab pie, or a chia bowl. Lunch includes a daily baguette sandwich and a salad. Status: Certified open. 62 Queen St.; article.
CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — Hip tapas place, by way of D.C., Estadio opened to excited crowds hungry for patatas bravas, house tonics, and more. Status: Certified open. 122 Spring St.; article.
UPPER KING — Forte Jazz Lounge is downtown Charleston’s only spot for live jazz music with a chance for a few drinks. Status: Certified open. 475 King St.; website.
CANNONBOROUGH/ELLIOTBOROUGH — Cozy bar Coquin offers frosé, beer, and wine. The food menu is small with snacks ranging from truffle goat cheese spread to poached artichokes. Status: Certified open. 73 Spring St.; website.
UPPER KING — Bar/restaurant Mesu is split into a Mexican side and a sushi side. There’s carnitas nachos, chicken wing tacos, corn covered in ranch and cotija, a dunk confit spring roll, a tuna poke tower, a lobster ragoon roll, and more. The only crossovers seem to be the miso honey glaze on the boneless wings used in the tacos and the carnitas in the shoyu pork roll. Status: Certified open. 570 King St.; website.
MOUNT PLEASANT — Minneapolis-based restaurant Butcher & the Boar offers plenty of sausage, steaks, and bourbon in Mount Pleasant. Status: Certified open. 760 Coleman Blvd.; website.
WEST ASHLEY — Cuban restaurant Spanglish opened to all the loyal fans (and new ones) hungry for ropa vieja and plantains. Status: Certified open. 652 Saint Andrews Blvd.; website.