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!

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4262 Spruill Ave, North Charleston

Barnyard Chicken offers Charleston a fast-casual, chef-driven chicken haven. One standout dish is the Brick Chicken, a deboned and brined half-chicken cooked skin-side down under a weighted cast iron skillet. This promising arrival on the culinary scene is a testament to the area’s enduring appetite for diverse and delicious dining experiences. Opened May 2024. 


891 Island Park Drive, Daniel Island
heavysbarburger.com | @heavysbarburger 

Heavy’s Barburger, the vibey neighborhood burger joint, is expanding to a second location on Daniel Island. There, Heavy’s will serve up the same tasty menu items that guests have come to love, including its signature smashburgers, creative salads, wings, perfectly cooked crinkle-cut fries, crave-able sandwiches and housemade pies that are all served in a lively and welcoming atmosphere. Opening Summer 2024.

550 King Street, Charleston
felixchs.com | @lacavefelix

Inspired by owner Félix Landrum’s travels to the South of France, La Cave at Félix will be a sipping lounge and salon privé. The space has been designed to complement its next-door sister restaurant, Félix, by offering an expanded wine list, a craft cocktail program, small bites and a focus on private parties and events. Opening May 2024. 

210 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston
makanchs.com | @makan_dc

The modern Malaysian concept at Makan is inspired by Chef James Wozniuk’s years of travels to Southeast Asia and the country of Malaysia– a culmination of his over 12 years of cooking Asian cuisine and his 22 years of honing his culinary skills. Enjoy dishes like Char Siu Wings, Cantonese-style grilled wings with ginger scallion; Chicken or Paneer Satay; and larger plates like Dry Beef Curry Rendang. You’ll also find locally- sourced seafood, a tribute to the bounty of South Carolina’s waterways. An expansive craft cocktail program by general manager/owner Kate Jacob will offer selections featuring Southeast and Malaysian ingredients. Opening June 2024.

45 Romney Street, Charleston
redpalmtavern.com | @redpalmtavernchs

Step into Red Palm Tavern where American tavern charm meets modern sports bar energy. Featuring a menu influenced by the warmth of a wood-fired grill. Soak up the Charleston sunshine on the patio, challenge friends to billiards or darts and catch the game on one of 15 TVs or the massive LED screen. Red Palm Tavern is your neighborhood hub for casual eats, drinks and good times. Opened April 2024.

Sissy Bar

1067 E. Montague Avenue, Charleston

A restaurant and cocktail bar in the heart of Park Circle, Sissy’s Bar gets its name from two of owner Michael Whiteley’s favorite things in life: his twin daughters (the sissies) and the tall backrest commonly found on old choppers. The decor and menu are inspired by Michael’s favorite parts of growing up in Southern California, its Mexican, Asian and classic American influences. Bar Manager Fabiana Pinillos and Chef Logan Pettinato have expertly curated menus that are eclectic, approachable and simply fun to experience. The goal is to provide the neighborhood with an atmosphere that serves any occasion, from family celebrations to a casual date night out, or just an after-work nightcap. Opened April 2024. 

605 Kindred Court, Johns Island
theheydaysc.com | @theheydaysc

A modern sea island counter service café, market and bar experience, The Heyday focuses on farm-to-table produce, fresh seafood and partnerships with local suppliers.  The aim is to offer a culinary journey rooted in sustainability and community connections. Live musicians will grace the venue during afternoons, adding a touch of entertainment to the dining experience. Opening Summer 2024.

The Select

465 Meeting Street Suite 120, Charleston
theselectcharleston.com | @theselectchs

The Select, an Atlanta-based eatery, is making its way to Charleston.May The Select’s menu will bring traditional flavors of the Lowcountry together with signature dishes of The Select in Atlanta. Offerings include small plates like Crab Toast and Lobster Arancini, as well as larger entrees like Miso Sea Bass and Pasta Primavera. In addition to full brunch and dinner menus, a raw bar serves a curated selection of freshly shucked oysters and seasonal seafood. Opening Summer 2024.

1989 Maybank Highway, James Island
whitscustard.com | @whitsfrozencustardhq

Whit’s Frozen Custard of Charleston will offer the community a taste of happiness. Flavors are made fresh daily onsite from quality fresh ingredients and created with the same pure ingredients as a century ago: cream, eggs and sugar. Customers can select from over 30 quality fresh toppings for unique combinations. Whit’s promises the freshest, supreme frozen treat experience that is simply called a “smile in a cup.” Patrons can also enjoy a to-go freezer for Whitties (sandwiches made with cookies baked fresh in the store), quarts, cakes and other special take-home treat selections. Opened June 2024.


82 Queen

82 Queen Street, Charleston
82queen.com | @82queenchas

82 Queen announces a new mid-day menu, served daily at the bar from 2 – 5 PM. The selection features favorites such as the restaurant’s award-winning she-crab soup, Southern pickins’, chicken salad wrap, jambalaya and more, all perfect for a late afternoon or early evening snack. Debuted March 2024.

198 East Bay Street, Charleston
carmellasdessertbar.com | @carmellasdessertbar

Carmella’s is the ultimate destination for all hours. It’s a welcoming atmosphere where you can indulge in breakfast delights or unwind with an evening drink at their full-service bar. Whether it’s a morning pick-me-up or a night out with friends, Carmella’s doors are now open starting at 8 a.m to cater to your cravings and social gatherings. Experience the perfect blend of espresso, rum, cake and breakfast at Carmella’s. May 2024. 

81 Cannon Street, Charleston
thecoopfroseeaterycharlestonsc.com l @coop_froseandeatery

Co-Op, a local frosé café and eatery with several barrier islands locations, now has a location on the Charleston peninsula. Featuring an expanded menu of both food and drinks, the downtown, Cannon Street newcomer will be the first Co-Op café with a full bar and a larger kitchen space, offering an expanded menu and including their previously seasonal-only burgers and fries. Opened May 2024.

161 Seven Farms Drive, Charleston
creditonecharleston.com | @creditonecharleston

Home Team BBQ has partnered with Credit One Stadium to bring their popular BBQ and famous frozen Gamechanger cocktail to Daniel Island. The award-winning barbecue restaurant will serve smoked wings, pulled pork, chopped brisket and BBQ nachos at all Credit One events. Debuted April 2024. 

207 Rutledge Avenue, Charleston
hambycatering.com | @hambycatering

The Hamby Catering & Events will be popping up downtown, all Summer long! They will be hosting a lunch pop-up at the flagship downtown venue, The Rutledge Room. There will be Hamby favorites,Rutledge Room exclusives, lunch sandwiches & salads, rotating frozen casseroles and more. July – August, 2024. 

115 Meeting Street, Charleston (The Mills House Hotel)
ironroserestaurant.com | @ironrosecharleston 

Iron Rose at The Mills House debuted a new family-style brunch menu perfect for large groups and spring celebrations, adding to their regular brunch offerings. Available on weekends  from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. with live music beginning at 11 a.m., the family-style menu offers a selection of playful new plates and booze-filled carafes including your choice of sangria, mimosa or bellini. Guests can choose from dishes like the morning pastry arrangement, pork belly hash browns, a wild mushroom frittata and crispy sweet tea-brined chicken thighs. Debuted March 2024. 

201 Coleman Boulevard, Mount Pleasant
nicoshemcreek.com | @nicoshemcreek 

NICO “Oyster + Seafood” is thrilled to announce that it will be hosting weekly oyster classes at the NICO Raw Bar. Every Tuesday night at 6 p.m., the restaurant will open up eight spots for an oyster class. Each guest will enjoy a dozen oysters, two glasses of wine and of course, the oyster class experience for $75 per person. Learn all there is to know about shucking oysters, how they’re grown, how to detect flavor profiles and more, all from the head shucker, Chris Goodwin. Debuted April 2024.

Patriots Point x Westbrook Brewing

40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant
patriotspoint.org | @patriots_point

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum has partnered with Westbrook Brewing Company to create a new beer, Shore Leave lager, just in time for summer. The brew’s name refers to the times sailors were permitted to go ashore – to take leave of their ship and spend much-needed rest and recreation time on dry land. The new lager is inspired by the sailors of the USS Yorktown and their impromptu beach parties throughout the ship’s decades-long service career, from the shores of Leyte Gulf to Buckner Bay. Debuted April 2024.

171 E Bay Street, Charleston
rubysunshine.com | @rubysunshinebrunch

Ruby’s Sunshine is bringing back several seasonal favorites for a limited time. Through July 9, all  Ruby Sunshine locations will feature these popular dishes from the past, 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,” as well as sweet and savory breakfast and lunch options. Born from the undeniable spirit and soul of New Orleans, it’s a place where the good times roll all day, every day. Launched May 2024.


88 Broad St, Charleston

sorellecharleston.com | @sorelle_chs

Sorelle is excited to announce that their Southern Italian-inspired eatery will add a Sunday brunch service to their offerings. Executive Chef Nick Dugan and his culinary team have created a brunch menu filled with sweet and savory dishes with highlights including a pizza carbonara; a lobster Benedict and sweet delicacies such as the Roman toast. The brunch menu will be available in the bar area on the first floor at Sorelle on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Debuted May 2024. 

45 John Street, Charleston
tinto-crema.com | @tintoycrema

Tínto will serve up small bites and alcohol in addition to Tínto y Crema’s signature coffee and gelato. Opening its second downtown location, the new concept will sport a fresh take, simply called Tínto. While the essence of the original café—known for its homemade gelato and sustainably sourced coffee—will remain, there’s even more to savor at the new locale. The shop introduces baking to its repertoire, offering freshly baked bread alongside a curated selection of wine, beer and cheeses. More than just a cafe, Tínto will also serve as an upscale market, where guests can grab a quick, ready-to-go snack or indulge in a cheese board and some vino before catching a show nearby. Opened April 2024.

830 Foundations Suite 102, Charleston

Ye Ole Fashioned Ice Cream & Sandwich Cafe is gearing up to open its eighth Lowcountry location. From its humble beginnings as a neighborhood eatery offering hotdogs and ice cream, Ye Ole Fashioned has evolved into a local culinary institution. The menu now features a diverse array of offerings, ranging from burgers, hot dogs and chicken fingers to crinkle-cut fries, salads and sandwiches. A standout favorite is the signature BLT sandwich, generously loaded with ten slices of bacon. Opening Summer 2024.


Hill House

145 King Street, Charleston
hillhousehome.com | @hillhouse

 Hill House Home has opened its first store in Charleston. The space was designed by Amanda Lindroth and is their largest retail location yet. The Charleston store will carry a variety of women’s and kids apparel, accessories, along with a range of bedding and home.  The brand is also launching its first foray into hospitality, called Nell’s. An old-school coffee and soda bar, it also features a “pick ‘n mix” candy wall with a variety of British candies inspired by founder and CEO Nell Diamond’s childhood in London.  At the counter, order a selection of beverages in partnership with Coca-Cola and La Colombe, with a drink menu that harkens back to Diamond’s favorite things and brand history. Opened April 2024.

90 Queen Street, Charleston
littlebirdchs.com | @littlebirdchs

Laura Cohen decided it was time to ditch the spreadsheets and pursue her passion: handcrafting one-of-a-kind pieces that spark joy. Drawing inspiration from time spent living in Colorado, her family’s surf sessions on Folly Beach, her travels to tropical islands and her belief that stones can foster special properties like protection, peace and prosperity, Little Bird was born. The coastal-inspired jewelry store offers affordable necklaces and earrings that don’t tarnish when worn at the gym or in the pool/shower/ocean, along with classes and workshops for birthday parties, bachelorette parties, corporate groups and more. Laura carefully curates rare stones from over 100 artisans and collectors across the country and handcrafts every piece. Opened April 2024.

Longevity Club

165 Village Green Lane, Kiawah Island
thelongevityclub.com | @longevityclubchs

Longevity Club founder and Charleston native Jennie Brooks is opening a second location of her popular downtown Charleston fitness and wellness club on Kiawah Island. Located in the shops at Freshfields Village, the new location will cater to Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Island communities and their visitors. The club will offer two studio spaces, one for reformer/tower classes and the other for private and semi-private sessions on equipment such as reformers, trap tables chairs and barrels. Classes will accommodate up to six participants and taught by Balanced Body certified instructors, all trained by Brooks. Opening Summer 2024.

1748 Towne Centre Way, Suite 102, Mount Pleasant
mindzero.com | @mindzero.inc 

Mindzero’s unique combination of sauna, cold plunge, sound and breath provides accessible and inclusive group sessions that elevate energy, focus and overall well-being. The ultimate mind and body experience, Mindzero utilizes hormetic stress conditioning, which exposes the body to short-term stress with the goal of easing chronic long-term stress as a result. During the 50-minute sessions, clients will alternate between the 200-degree sauna and 52-54-degree cold plunge while incorporating guided focus and breathing techniques. Opening Summer 2024.

2049 Savannah Highway, Suite 30, Charleston
facebook.com/palmettobilliardsacademy | @palmettobilliards

Palmetto Billiards Academy is here to help players of all skill levels elevate their game and advance the sport of billiards. Palmetto Billiards Academy features the latest technology in the billiards industry. No equipment is needed, Palmetto Billiards Academy is here to help teach the sport of a lifetime. Opened April 2024.

363 King Street, Charleston
rag-bone.com | @ragandbone

Rag & bone has established itself as a critical and commercial success in the international fashion world. Combining authentic heritage and modern details, with a strong expertise in denim, the brand has become synonymous with innately wearable clothing for both men and women with an edgy yet understated New York aesthetic. Opened May 2024.

115 Meeting Street, Charleston
millshouse.com | @the_mills_house

Local artist Rebecca Meixner is back by popular demand at The Mills House with the re-opening of her Rebecca Illustrated Shop on the hotel’s ground floor. Visitors may browse her custom and vibrant watercolor designs ranging from coastal landscapes to wedding stationery and more. Featured artwork includes prints, mugs, tote bags and custom Mills House-designed merchandise by Meixner, all available for purchase. Opened April 2024. 

736 Coleman Boulevard #110, Mount Pleasant
thebaysgolf.com | @thebaysgolf 

The Bays on Coleman is an indoor golf venue complementing green grass play with an upscale weatherproof and convenient facility. Outfitted with the highest quality Trackman golf simulators, The Bays brings state-of-the-art golfing technology to Mount Pleasant. Members will have access to a lounge area, a wet bar and an enclosed privacy bay. Whether playing independently, spending time with guests, or participating in leagues and tournaments, members can expect to gain valuable insight into their game while enjoying round-the-clock availability and modern comforts. Opening summer 2024.

Fifth Avenue Club

334 Meeting Street, Charleston
saksfifthavenue.com | @saks  

Saks Fifth Avenue, the leading name in luxury fashion, has partnered with The Dewberry to bring the retailer’s luxury personal shopping and styling service, the Fifth Avenue Club, to Charleston. An extension of the existing Fifth Avenue Clubs traditionally housed within Saks Fifth Avenue stores, the clubs provide customers with the highest level of personalized service, available for both local customers and hotel guests to avail of by-appointment personal shopping and styling services, as well as one-of-a-kind trunk shows, jewelry showcases and other unique shoppable experiences. Opened April 2024. 

308 King Street, Charleston
goldbugcollection.com | @goldbugcollection

Fourth-generation jewelers of Croghan’s Jewel Box, sisters Mariana Hay “Mini” Avant and Kathleen Hay Hagood, have expanded with a new shop to showcase their jewelry line, The Goldbug Collection. Inspired by iconic Charleston touchstones and more, this popular collection launched with its irresistible Palmetto Goldbug taken from the pages of Edgar Allan Poe and has added equally beguiling treasures since. Opened April 2024.

344 Meeting Street, Charleston
thedewberrycharleston.com | @thedewberrycharleston

Located on the ground floor of the hotel between the Historic Lobby and The Living Room, The Shop features two boutiques situated across from one another. These jewel box spaces feature an array of mementos, objets d’art, personal and home accessories, including Dewberry signature items, sundries, travel accessories, jewelry as well as art and antiques. Woven into the décor and merchandise are unique items sourced by Jaimie and John Dewberry during their trips around the world. Opened March 2024.

1455 Monitor Street, North Charleston
northcharleston.org | @northcharleston 

Dated facilities have now been demolished for modern amenities to suit modern needs.  The $25 million project includes a 25-meter competitive pool to complement the North Charleston Aquatic Center in Dorchester County, a proper gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, badminton and a myriad of other indoor athletics, five new tennis courts to meet the official United States Tennis Association standards, a roller rink for street hockey and roller-skating and a multi-purpose field to meet the growing demands of the youth athletics. Opened April 2024.


86 Cannon Street, Charleston
86cannon.com | @86cannonst

Celebrating its seventh (copper) anniversary this spring, 86 Cannon Charleston will debut its newest chapter, a darling pool bungalow overlooking a new picturesque saltwater pool along with two additional suites in a beautifully restored historic Charleston residence. Upon the renovation’s completion this spring, the vision of owners’ and Charleston residents Marion and Lori Hawkins for this historic luxury property will be realized with three intentionally restored and designed historic homes offering 10 bespoke rooms and suites, a pool and courtyard nestled in a lush enclave in the burgeoning Cannonborough Elliotborough neighborhood. Debuted May 2024.

404 King Street, Charleston
hotelbennett.com | @hotelbennett

Beat the heat this summer with a special Christmas in July edition of Hotel Bennet’s iconic Tea with Santa. Sundays this July, join Santa on his summer break for pineapple decorating, holiday-themed treats and all things festive. Sunday July 2, 9 and 16, 2024. 

The Dunlin

2882 Betsy Kerrison Parkway, Johns Island
aubergeresorts.com | @aubergeresorts 

The Dunlin, the newest property in the Auberge Resorts Collection was designed with quality and sustainability in mind. Renowned architect Robert Glazier and designer Amanda Lindroth were chosen to create a harmonious resort inspired by the local ecosystem. The property features 72 cottage-style guest rooms and suites, 19 villas, a main lodge, pool, spa, farmstead dining, nature excursions, and more. Opening August 2024.    

61 State Street, Charleston
theloutrel.com | @theloutrelcharleston 

The Loutrel’s rooftop offers a true tea experience which includes award-winning teas, pastries, light bites and alcoholic drinks. From the rooftop terrace, enjoy views of downtown Charleston as you sip tea and spill the tea for two hours. Reservations are required and must be booked one week in advance. Offered from May 16 to June 30, 2024.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   THE MILLS HOUSE ROOFTOP POOL + MORE
115 Meeting Street, Charleston
millshouse.com | @the_mills_house

The Mills House’s rooftop pool and Terrace Bar are now open for the summer season. Overlooking downtown’s Meeting and Queen Streets and offering a coastal chic atmosphere, The Terrace Bar debuts its new menu with refreshing craft cocktails (yes, that includes a Frosé) and après-swim bites. The Terrace Bar is now open daily offering a menu of seasonal dishes like an adult lunchable, jumbo shrimp cocktail, watermelon salad, BBQ shrimp tacos and a smoked turkey wrap, along with signature cocktails, wines by the glass, craft beers, frozen drinks and sweet treats. During the summer of 2024. 

237 Meeting Street, Charleston
theryderhotel.com | @theryderhotel 

Short Court will set up a pop-up court on the Little Palm patio, open to the public daily. Pickleball paddles and equipment will be provided by Short Court. From July 1 -14, 2024. 


360 Meeting Street, Charleston
charlestonmuseum.org | @charlestonmuseum

Experience The Art of Abstraction: Modernism in Quilting, currently on exhibit in the Historic Textiles Gallery, through self-guided drawing in a relaxed drop-in sketching session. Presented alongside modern works from the Gibbes Museum of Art, The Art of Abstraction: Modernism in Quilting includes many examples of the Museum’s historic quilt collection including scrap quilts, crazy quilts and quilts in traditional patterns executed with abstract coloring. During your creative journey, we invite you to consider the relationship, similarities and differences between these two forms of art, while exploring color, texture and stitch work. April – August 2024.

40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant
cmohs.org | @cmohsociety

Explore the stories of the 3,536 service members who received the United States’ highest award for valor in combat at The Medal of Honor Museum, which has reopened  following a $3 million renovation. Located on board the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point, The Museum is the national home to the Medal of Honor and the values inherent in the Medal: courage, commitment, integrity, sacrifice, citizenship and patriotism. The museum will feature immersive, interactive exhibits to inspire visitors. Re-opened Spring 2024.

25 Ann Street, Charleston

explorecml.org | @explorecml

The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry is out with the old and in with the new, featuring the brand-new Publix exhibit. Come and enjoy the improved exhibit and all it has to offer. Debuted May 2024.


861 Riverland Drive, Charleston
charlestoncountyparks.com | @charlestoncountyparks 

This summer, catch fish, fun and prizes at the Mount Pleasant and Folly Beach Piers’ tournament series. The Mount Pleasant Pier will host the summer’s first Cast Off Fishing Tournament on Saturday, May 11. Then, on Saturday, May 25, the Folly Beach Pier will host its first fishing tournament of the season. The Mount Pleasant Pier offers fishing on the Charleston Harbor and under the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Opened in 2009, the pier is built on pilings from the old Silas N. Pearman Bridge, which have become a haven for many types of fish including red drum, spotted sea trout, flounder and sheepshead. The Folly Beach Pier reopened in December 2022. A sight to behold, the new Folly Beach Pier stretches out 1045 feet into the ocean and offers spectacular views, fishing, dining and events. Common catches off the Folly Pier include blue fish, sheepshead, spotted sea trout and whiting. May – October 2024.

871 Riverland Drive, Charleston
ccprc.com/1710/Fitness-Wellness | @charlestoncountyparks

The Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series at James Island County Park features a 600-yard freshwater swim, 12-mile bike ride, and 5K flat run. Over 30,000 people have raced the series over the years, and the series has been honored as one of the Top Ten Charleston Signature Sport Events by the Charleston Metro Sports Council. June – August 2024.

196 Concord Street, Charleston
charlestonwinefestivals.com | @charlestonwinefestivals

Charleston Wine Festivals will host the Charleston Summer Wine Festival at Charleston Harbor Cruise Terminal. It will feature 50-plus different wines, mimosas, White Claw and a small selection of beers. Enjoy this awesome venue with air-conditioning indoors and a spacious water side patio. There will be live music on the patio and a deejay inside. Ticket price includes a souvenir acrylic wine glass, entertainment and all wine and beer samples. August 26, 2024.

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