What’s New in Charleston This Summer

What’s New in Charleston This Summer

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With its vibrant culturerich historyexquisitely-preserved architectureidyllic coastal locationcelebrated dining scene and friendly locals, Charleston is one of America’s best loved travel destinations. Come, experience what’s new in the Charleston area this summer!

Accolades
New Restaurants
Restaurant News
Retail
Accommodations
Tours & Attractions
Highlighted Special Events

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NEW RESTAURANTS

bartaco

BARTACO
304 King Street, Charleston
bartaco.com | @bartacolife

Inspired by a healthy, outdoor lifestyle, Bartaco combines fresh, upscale street food in a relaxed environment. At Bartaco, the food is a celebration of globally-inspired flavors, focused on tacos and small plates, “not tacos,” all prepared with fresh, quality ingredients––creating bold and bright flavors. With chill, yet upbeat music, coastal-inspired artwork and design details and the smell of fresh lime zest in the air––it’s a place where people can relax and have a great time with friends and family. The restaurant serves as a place for many social gatherings and casual get-togethers. Opened January 2024.

By The Way

BY THE WAY
45 ½ Spring Street, Charleston
uptownsocialchs.com | @uptownsocialchs

By The Way is a chic neighborhood tavern featuring Charleston’s most talented musicians, elevated pub fare, approachable cocktails and an old-world vibe. It’s the perfect setting for an intimate date night or a fun night with friends! By The Way is a must-visit location for locals and visitors alike. Opening Summer 2024.

CRAVEWELL CAFE
168 Calhoun Street, Charleston
cravewellcafe.com | @cravewellcharleston 

Indulge in a delightful array of options, including energizing smoothies, vibrant smoothie bowls, crisp salads, satisfying sandwiches, wholesome wraps and mouthwatering toasts. Cravewell invites you to enjoy the refreshing goodness of Happy Moose Juice, cold-pressed juices and fresh-pressed juices. Get ready to savor the goodness and elevate your dining experience. Opened January 2024.

Get Carried Away

GET CARRIED AWAY
644 Coleman Boulevard, Mt Pleasant
getcarriedaway.com | @getcarriedawaysouthernmarket

Founded on Pawleys Island in 2012, Get Carried Away has become a mainstay for locals and vacationers. The takeout concept features prepared foods that can be enjoyed on the beach, on the dock or right at home. At their Southern Market in Mount Pleasant, guests can enjoy their signature prepared selections, an upscale cafe and outdoor bar called “The Perch,” as well as a curated retail shop of wine, craft beers and other unique items. Opened Spring 2024.

MERCI
28 Pitt Street, Charleston
mercichs.com | @mercichs 

Set in a historic, 1820s Federal-style building on the corner of Pitt and Montagu Streets in the charming residential Harleston Village, Merci is a neighborhood bistro offering a European-inspired menu in a cozy, convivial setting. Menu highlights include an updated spin on the classics, from steak tartare and foie gras to Beef Wellington and roasted duck. Merci is primarily inspired by Chef Zentner and his family’s travels to Europe but also by beloved neighborhood bistros in New York and Boston. Opening Summer 2024.

PHILOSOPHERS & FOOLS
50 Bogard Street, Charleston
philosophersandfools.com | @philosophersandfoolschs

A cozy neighborhood bookstore bar, this literary-leaning, tasteful newcomer was created by two people who love to read and sip a glass of wine or a craft beer while they read. Their team has thoughtfully curated everything from the books to the wine & beer, from the snacks to the decor. They welcome you to come in and discover a new book or find an old one not yet on your shelf; sit down for a conversation with friends; and enjoy something to drink or snack on. Opened March 2024. 

RED PALM TAVERN
45 Romney Street, Charleston
@redpalmtavernchs 

Head to Red Palm Tavern for an old-style American tavern and sports bar with a wood-fire-influenced menu, spacious patio, billiards, darts, 15 TVs + a huge LED screen, perfect for watching your favorite team. The tavern presents live music four to five nights per week, trivia nights, cornhole and outdoor games on the large covered patio and a classic bar pool and darts inside. The menu is a full, upscale bar menu with a Southern twist. Opened January 2024. 

Smashley’s

SMASHLEY’S BURGER BAR
5401 Netherby Lane Suite 1002, North Charleston
smashleyburgerbar.com | @smashleyburgerbar

Smashley’s Burger Bar has a feel reminiscent of the 1980s classic film “Cocktail” and a little tongue-in-cheek humor with its giant burgers eating fleeing humans through the Holy City. Still, its smash burgers and bowls will have your tastebuds telling you to return. Opened February 2024.

WOODHAVEN PIZZA
1701 Shoremeade Road Suite 620, Mount Pleasant
woodhavenpizza.com | @woodhavenpizza 

New York-style pizza from the borough of Queens inspired Woodhaven Pizza. Whether you’re craving a classic New York slice or looking to try innovative flavors, you’ll find an abundance of pizza options. Opened February 2024.

Xo Brasserie

XO BRASSERIE
1090 Morrison Drive, Charleston
xobchs.com | @xo_brasserie 

After years of managing some of Charleston’s top restaurants, like Oak Steakhouse and Royal Tern, Herman Ng wanted to bring the cuisine he grew up eating to Charleston. XO Brasserie will offer contemporary Chinese cuisine with a focus on Cantonese and Sichuan flavors in an elevated, vibrant atmosphere. Opened February 2024.

RESTAURANT NEWS

CIRCA 1886’s NEW MENU
149 Wentworth Street, Charleston
circa1886.com | @circa1886

Experience a symphony of flavors with Circa 1886’s exciting new tasting menus and à la carte offerings. The new menu embraces the season’s bounty and features local ingredients, from farm-fresh eggs and honey to seasonal vegetables and grains. The menu offers a diverse range of offerings that allow guests to enjoy familiar dishes and items that promote curiosity. Whether you’re seeking a classic comfort dish or an innovative culinary experience, there’s something for everyone. Winter 2024.

Swig & Swine

COMMONHOUSE ALEWORKS PARTNERS WITH SWIG & SWINE
4831 O’Hear Ave, North Charleston
commonhousealeworks.com | @commonhousealeworks

The beloved North Charleston brewery announced a new kitchen partnership with local Charleston barbecue legends Swig & Swine BBQ just before the new year. Swig & Swine’s “Uncommon Swine” menu is now available at the Commonhouse Aleworks flagship in Park Circle. Spring 2024.

FLEET LANDING NEW RAW BAR
186 Concord Street, Charleston
fleetlanding.net | @fleetlanding

Fleet Landing, a Charleston institution and the go-to waterfront restaurant on the peninsula, recently unveiled its new raw bar, giving customers a new way to experience the landmark establishment. The addition marks the beginning of a year-long celebration as the restaurant looks ahead to its milestone 20th anniversary this November. Located inside Fleet Landing, the raw bar features a traditional U-shaped bar with 16 seats overlooking the Charleston harbor. The menu boasts oysters on the half-shell, fresh fish dishes, seafood towers, shrimp cocktails and more. Spring 2024.

Hank’s Seafood

HANK’S SEAFOOD 25 YEARS
10 Hayne Street, Charleston
hanksseafoodrestaurant.com | @hanksseafood 

Hank’s is celebrating its 25th milestone this year and plans to continue growing and serving the city of Charleston through its recently opened, elevated gathering and event space, Hank’s Social Hall, which offers catering from Hank’s Restaurant and seating for 120 guests. March 2024.

NEW BEN & JERRY’S LOCATION
1440 Ben Sawyer Boulevard, Suite 1200, Mount Pleasant
benjerry.com | @benandjerrys 

Adding a scoop of joy to the vibrant community of Mount Pleasant, our family proudly announces the opening of a second Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop. 1978, Ben & Jerry’s has been a pioneer in the world of premium ice cream. Euphoric flavors, social responsibility and a commitment to using high-quality ingredients. Indulge in the euphoria of our ice cream and join us in creating a more flavorful and compassionate world. Spring 2024.

Bodega

NEW BODEGA LOCATION
141 W Coleman Boulevard, Mount Pleasant
eatdrinkbodega.com l @eatdrinkbodega

For those who grew up in the New York metropolitan area, there is nothing more nostalgic than a good old-fashioned breakfast sandwich on a warm Kaiser roll from a nearby bodega or neighborhood grocery store. Executive Chef Alec Gropman brings his childhood favorite to life with a menu full of old-school brunch staples, some with a Charleston twist! Bodega is a true “can’t miss,” whether it be dining at one of our two locations, a day on the boat, or a lazy Sunday on the couch! Winter 2024.

NEW FLYING BISCUIT CAFE LOCATION
2245 Ashley Crossing Drive, Unit 16, Charleston
flyingbiscuit.com | @flyingbiscuit.westashley

The Flying Biscuit Café has announced its latest restaurant, which is located in the bustling West Ashley. Flying Biscuit Café West Ashley is the second Charleston area location for the all-day breakfast chain. It has been serving its famous biscuits and Southern-inspired meals with fresh ingredients to customers throughout the Southeast for over 30 years. January 2024.

RUBY SUNSHINE DEBUTS NEW SPRING MENU
171 East Bay Street Charleston
rubybrunch.com | @rubysunshinebrunch

Now through April 30, all Ruby Slipper and Ruby Sunshine locations will feature these spring-themed specials, guaranteed to satisfy every guest’s brunch cravings. Ruby Slipper and Ruby Sunshine are unique concepts specializing in brunch with cocktails and mimosas during its famous, all-day “boozy brunch.” Born from the undeniable spirit and soul of New Orleans, it’s a place where the good times roll all day, every day. Spring 2024. 

THE PEACOCK CHARLESTON
213 East Bay Street, Charleston
thepeacock-chs.com 

The Habit has undergone an exciting transformation and is now known as The Peacock Charleston. This multi-story establishment offers a unique experience to locals and tourists, combining exceptional cuisine, live performances and a vibrant atmosphere. With three different levels of the space, The Peacock offers a distinct ambiance and entertainment options, making it a truly unique venue. Winter 2024.

THOROUGHBRED CLUB: THE OMAKASE SERIES
205 Meeting Street, Charleston
charlestonplace.com | @thecharlestonplace

Indulge in an extraordinary evening as the world-renowned Chef Shin Horiguchi takes center stage at Thoroughbred Club. Join us for an exclusive 10-day pop-up experience, occurring four times throughout the year and immerse yourself in omakase sushi. Chef Shin, a maestro in his craft, personally hand-rolls each sushi masterpiece to order, creating an intimate and engaging dining affair. Our commitment to excellence shines through with the freshest ingredients meticulously flown in from Japan, promising an authentic and unparalleled culinary journey.  March 21 – April 2, June 20 – June 30, October 3 – October 12, 2024.

WOOD-FIRED FRIDAYS AT SORELLE
88 Broad Street, Charleston
sorellecharleston.com | @sorelle_chs

Sorelle debuts ‘Wood-Fired Fridays, which take place every Friday night. Chef Nick Dugan and his team will offer a limited round of Neapolitan-style pizzas at 9 p.m. until they are sold out. Late-night revelers can enjoy a rotating menu of freshly fired pizzas paired with their favorite Sorelle sips at the expansive bar and lounge area on the first floor. Reservations are not required and walk-ins are welcome. Winter 2024.

ZERO GEORGE CAVIAR BAR: THE ROYALE WITH CHEESE
0 George Street, Charleston
zerogeorge.com | @zerogeorgest

After the limited series appearance of our beloved Royale with Cheese at the Zero Bar, it is now on its way to The Caviar Bar. The Zero burger will be our latest à la carte menu item and can be ordered in addition to our traditional caviar service. February 2024.

RETAIL & BUSINESS

Ibu

IBU MOVEMENT COLLABORATION WITH CHARLOTTE MOSS
183 King Street, Charleston
ibumovement.com | @ibumovement

Ibu Movement is debuting its second collaboration with celebrated interior design icon Charlotte Moss. Inspired by the evolution of personal style and the Moroccan desert-scape, the Charlotte Moss for Ibu Movement collection is handmade by Ibu artisan partners in Ourika, Morocco, with ornate embroidery, cherry buttons and desert-floral neutral tones.

THE DEWBERRY SPA 344 Meeting Street, Charleston 

thedewberrycharleston.com  | @thedewberrycharleston

The Dewberry is excited to announce enhanced spa menu options. Inspired by those on the go, The Dewberry’s 30-minute express treatments offer a big punch in a pinch. Show off effervescent skin and renewed vitality with their Express Facial and massage options. January 2024.

UNCOMMON JAMES
309 King Street, Charleston
uncommonjames.com | @uncommonjames

Founder and CEO Kristin Cavallari is bringing her lifestyle brand Uncommon James to its fourth retail location, which is in downtown Charleston. Uncommon James is now a globally recognized lifestyle brand that offers jewelry, skincare (Uncommon Beauty), apparel, accessories and home décor. The brand’s other brick-and-mortar locations include Nashville, Dallas and Chicago. Opened February 2024.

ACCOMMODATIONS

THE ANSONBOROUGH CHARLESTON
21 Hasell Street, Charleston
theansonborough.com | @ansonboroughinn

After extensive renovation, the historic Ansonborough Inn is being relaunched as The Ansonborough Charleston. The boutique 45-room property will feature revitalized indoor and outdoor spaces, including an expanded neighborhood bar and lounge offering artisanal cocktails, beers, wines and light bites. It will also boast a Poker Room discreetly nestled beyond a secret bookcase enclave. Offering spacious 450—to 750-square-foot rooms, the hotel’s storied past will echo throughout the renovation, combining historic charm with elegant and modern charm. Spring 2024

CHECK-IN CHARLESTON
292 King Street, Charleston

Rebranding, the formerly known “Quarters on King” is now “Check in Charleston.” February 2024.

HANK’S LOFT
10 Hayne Street, Charleston
hanksseafoodrestaurant.com/hanks-loft | @hanksloft

Hanks Seafood Restaurant has launched an accommodations space called Hank’s Loft to celebrate its 25th anniversary. This 3-bedroom luxury escape exemplifies Hank’s commitment to providing guests with unique and authentic experiences for their upcoming stay or celebration in Charleston. The loft also makes the perfect gathering place for special occasions to host groups of up to 30 people. February 2024. 

TOURS & ATTRACTIONS

ADRENALINE MONKEY
4950 Centre Pointe Drive, Suite 100, North Charleston
adrenalinemonkeyfun.com | @adrenaline_monkey_fun

Adrenaline Monkey is an innovative family adventure park that empowers guests of all ages, sizes and abilities with adrenaline-pumping adventures. Other features include a ninja warrior obstacle course with fog and buzzers, a mega boulder wall, slides and an arcade. Opening Summer 2024.

CHARLESTON COUNTY PARKS PARTNERS WITH KULTURE CITY
861 Riverland Drive, Charleston
ccprc.com | @charlestoncountyparks

The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission has partnered with Kulture City to make three of their most popular parks Sensory Inclusive. Palmetto Islands County Park in Mount Pleasant, Wannamaker County Park in North Charleston and James Island County Park have all been deemed Certified Sensory Inclusive Venues. This new initiative will promote an accommodating and positive experience for all guests with sensory issues, regardless of age or ability. February 2024. 

SOUTH OF BROAD HOUSES & GARDENS
18 Anson St, Charleston
bulldogtours.com l @bulldogtours 

Bulldog Tours is the first to offer a history walking tour of this prestigious neighborhood and curated tours of two museum houses. On this exclusive tour, you’ll have the chance to get an overview of Charleston’s history plus entry inside two of South of Broad’s most notable houses. Visiting these manicured gardens is the perfect way to spend an afternoon, particularly in the spring. March 2024.

HIGHLIGHTED SPECIAL EVENTS

Redux

A  SOLO EXHIBITION OF TYRONE GETER AT REDUX
1056 King Street, Charleston
reduxstudios.org  | @reduxartcenter 

Redux Contemporary Art Center is excited to announce the opening of “Brave New World,” a solo exhibition by celebrated artist Tyrone Geter curated by Leila Davenport Ross of Show & Tell Art and Design.  “Brave New World” showcases Geter’s recent mixed-media large-scale charcoal drawings and accompanying detailed sculptural installations. Geter’s work shows both the harsh truth of the subject’s reality of bearing the brunt, as well as their strength and power to adapt. Geter aims to provide the audience with a sense of awe of their strength and with their evolution and hope for our collective future. March 29 – May 18, 2024.

THE MILLER GALLERY
785 Meeting Street Unit A, Charleston
themillergallery.com | @themillergallery 

The Miller Gallery proudly presents “Down the Rabbit Hole,” a trio exhibition featuring artists Angela Chrusciaki Blehm, Julia Deckman and Suzy Lindow. Hosted in the gallery’s charming 100-year-old building, the exhibition will showcase whimsical artwork in various mediums by three of the gallery’s top female artists. From topsy-turvy teacups to blooming florals, viewers will be transported into an art-filled wonderland. March 2024.

TOAST UNDER THE OAKS AT JOHNS ISLAND COUNTY PARK
2622 Mullet Hall Road, Johns Island
ccprc.com | @charlestoncountyparks 

Beverages, live music and beautiful scenery await guests at Toast under the Oaks at Johns Island County Park this spring. This popular happy hour event is held beneath the sweeping live oak trees at this scenic park on Johns Island. Beer and wine are included with admission. Each event will also feature food trucks selling fare on-site. Thursday, March 14 & Thursday, April 18, 2024.

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