With its vibrant culture, rich history, exquisitely-preserved architecture, idyllic coastal location, celebrated 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 winter!
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415 King Street, Charleston
cinnaholic.com | @cinnaholic.kingstreet
This bakery is proud to serve “create your own” cinnamon rolls and other sweet treats like made from scratch brownies, cookies and edible cookie dough. All of their products are fresh baked and 100% vegan, dairy & lactose free, egg-free and cholesterol-free. We cater all events, large and small including weddings, conferences and conventions. Opening 2023.
EL POLLO GUAPO
1130 Folly Road, Charleston
elpolloguapo.com | @guapoeats
El Pollo Guapo has opened open in the former Black Magic Cafe on James Island. The eatery will serve up rotisserie chicken, tacos, rice bowls, salads and desserts. The restaurant will also be relocating their food truck as well as expanding their concept to Charleston. Opened November 2022.
135 Calhoun Street, Charleston
This 1970s-style dive bar in downtown Charleston features the necessities – cold beer and live music. The new dive bar boasts a 1970s-era aesthetic with retro wallpaper, furniture, lighting and decor — with a country twist. Opened October 2022.
HUGH-BABY’S BBQ & BURGER SHOP
1028 St. Andrews Blvd, Charleston
hughbabys.com | @hughbabys
High-Baby’s BBQ & Burger Shop is owned by the same team behind Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint on James Island. They are focused on celebrating the classics, delivering value and throwing back to the beloved local barbecue and burger spots of our youth. Hugh-Baby’s burgers feature a proprietary blend of premium beef, ground fresh daily. The slow-smoked pulled pork, turkey and bologna follows the time-honored traditions of Memphis barbecue, and they smoke all the meat for their BBQ sandwiches in-house, every single day. Opened January 2023.
INTERSTATE 95 COFFEE
1300 Savannah Hwy., Charleston
Coffee fanatics, Interstate 95 Coffee has opened its first brick-and-mortar on Savannah Highway. Swing by for their signature cold brew, craft coffee beverages, food, beer and wine. Opened November 2022.
99 South Market Street, Charleston
portofcallchs.com | @portofcallchs
Charleston’s first Peruvian chef’s table is officially open! Dig into eight courses of Peruvian coastal cuisine and enjoy pisco-centric cocktails at the restaurant located in Port of Call Food and Brew Hall. Chef Esteban Diaz, from the northern coastal Peruvian town of Chiclayo, brings his lifetime of Peruvian gastronomy knowledge to the intimate chef’s table setting of Pisco Mar. The prix fixe eight course menu will encompass traditional dishes from around the country, with a focus on authentic coastal Peruvian cuisine, and will rotate seasonally and by demand. Opened November 2022.
PIZZA A MODO MIO
3125 Bees Ferry Road, Charleston
modomiopizza.com | @pizzamodomio
Pizza A Modo Mio will be serving its New York-style fresh, homemade and traditional pizza slices. Previously served via food truck, Pizza a Modo Mio is all about bringing their atmosphere to you. They use fresh ingredients that are sourced locally and make each pie to order. Expect 15 styles of 18-inch pizza, garlic knots and subs. Opening January 2023.
88 Broad Street, Charleston
sorellecharleston.com | @sorelle_chs
Sorelle is inspired by Italy’s markets, all-day cafes, and culinary traditions, and is set within three historic townhouses on Broad Street. Sorelle will offer a variety of dining experiences throughout its large, two-story space including an alimentari (market), central bar, wine room, pizza counter, grand dining room and an exclusive chef’s table. Opening Spring 2023.
IRON ROSE AT THE MILLS HOUSE
115 Meeting St #174, Charleston
millshouse.com | @millshousehotel
Iron Rose brings clean, elevated Southern coastal fare to Charleston’s historic French Quarter. Tucked away inside the iconic pink walled garden courtyard at The Mills House, Iron Rose is serving up shareable bites, vegetable-forward plates, and a selection of entrées featuring locally sourced ingredients. Opened Fall 2022.
THE QUINTE OYSTER BAR AT THE PINCH
36 George Street, Charleston
thequinte.com | @thequinteoysterbar
This 40-seat oyster bar is located off the lobby of The Pinch hotel and features a “Paris-meets-old-New-York interior.” Visitors and locals alike will find an oyster-focused menu featuring fresh and sustainable seafood simply prepared and expertly shucked, with a focus on hyper-local vendors and delicacies hand select daily straight from the fishing boats of local Charleston purveyors. Opened November 2022.
BOHEMIAN BULL TAVERN & BEER GARDEN
2668 Highway 17, North Mount Pleasant
bohemianbull.com | @bohemianbullmtp
Bohemian Bull Tavern & Beer Garden is headed for North Mount Pleasant. This James Island brewery plans to open a new location on Highway 17. Opening Winter 2023.
2016 Wappoo Drive, Charleston
Healthy eatery Huriyali has opened its second location on James Island! Guests can enjoy the same heart-healthy menu as its downtown location, including salads, smoothies, sandwiches, buddha bowls and more, at its new Riverland Terrace location. Opened December 2022.
221 Saint Philip Street, Charleston
A locals favorite Johns Island restaurant has expanded. Local market and cafe Island Provisions has opened its second location in downtown Charleston and is serving up familiar dishes from the Johns Island location, plus downtown originals! The new space features an indoor dining area, coffee & cocktail bar, patio and market. Opened October 2022.
THE SWEETGRASS LOUNGE
1640 Meeting Street Road
sweetgrassvodka.com | @thesweetgrasslounge
The Sweetgrass Lounge is a coastal-decadent lounge in downtown Charleston and the official flagship of Sweet Grass Vodka. Serving locally sourced spirits, cocktails and light bites, the lounge opened for business in late October 2022 and has already made its splash in The Refinery community. From a secret family recipe to winning the 2022 Best Domestic Vodka award and winning Master Awards in three separate categories for Organic, Micro-distillery and Smoothest, Sweet Grass Vodka was founded right here in Charleston. The Sweetgrass Lounge has been carefully curated to reflect the brand’s tagline “drink like a local.”
713 Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant
tysroadside.com | @tysroadside
Ty’s Roadside Coastal Kitchen recently announced its new lunch menu and bar. Ty’s Roadside is a family-owned business in Mount Pleasant that embodies the coastal lifestyle. They’re often known for their eye-catching mode of operations including humorous marquee signs and utilizing Ty’s golf cart as a telltale for when the business is open. Whether you’re on the way to or from the beach, getting off the boat, looking for a casual dinner with family or meeting friends for a night out, Ty’s Roadside welcomes you, and all adventurous souls.
VICTOR’S SEAFOOD & STEAK
39F John Street, Charleston
holycityhospitality.com | @victorsseafoodandsteak
Holy City Hospitality opened Victor’s Seafood & Steak in June 2022, and they have expanded the concept into their space next door. The dining room for Victor’s is now in the space that was previously Michael’s on the Alley. The dining room is a plush, cozy space – reminiscent of a family living room or an upscale hunting cabin. There are antique furniture pieces and artwork from the collection of the restaurant’s owner, Michael Bennett, as well as Bennett family photos and antiques collected by generations of their Lowcountry family. The dining room and bar area offers the same menu, so guests can choose the dining experience they prefer. Menu items range from shareable seafood towers, lobster bisque and oysters Rockefeller, to classic steakhouse entrees and local fresh catch seafood specialties.
176 Concord Street, Charleston
The Cooper will be downtown Charleston’s only full-service waterfront hotel. Overlooking the Cooper River, the hotel draws its design inspiration from its French Quarter surroundings. In addition to 12,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, The Cooper will also include a 7,000-square-foot full-service spa and fitness center, nearly 20,000 square feet of indoor/outdoor event space and an outdoor infinity-edge resort pool with views of the harbor and the historic downtown skyline. Opening Fall 2024.
THE MOXY HOTEL
547 Meeting St, Charleston
Located in the Upper Peninsula, this hotel treats their travelers to a spirited and edgy guest experience. First round is on them with a complimentary libation upon check-in. They subscribe to an “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” philosophy – inviting guests to meet up in the lobby for a game of ping pong or one of daily themed events. The goal of their design details is to pay homage to Charleston’s unique history. Need to meet? Both the War Rooms are available, along with a rooftop terrace space overlooking the scenic Ravenel Bridge. When you are finally ready to call it quits, retreat to their cozy rooms that are thoughtfully crafted with cushy beds, TVs with high quality sound systems and speedy Wi-Fi. Opening February 2023.
7562 Plantation Road, North Charleston
The Willow is a 20.3-acre site located in the metro area’s high growth corridor in North Charleston. The community consists of six highly-amenitized buildings, totaling 338 units. Property amenities will include a 7,700 square foot clubhouse, complete with a variety of co-working spaces, a 24-hour fitness center and yoga studio, a lounge and game room and a covered patio overlooking the saltwater pool and close proximity to I-26 and the Charleston International Airport. Opening Winter 2024.
562 King Street
facefoundrie.com/location/charleston | @facefoundrie
Face Foundrié isan all-inclusive facial salon, launched in the Charleston market. Face Foundrié is focused on providing cutting edge salon services at affordable prices in an efficient facial bar space. Their products and services are designed for all skin types and range from 20 – 40 minutes in length. Among the skincare services are hydrafacial, cryogenic therapy, dermaplane, gua sha massage and chemical peel. In addition to spa services, the salon also offers eyebrow waxing and shaping, and skincare products. Opened December 2022.
268 King Street, Charleston
juliska.com | @juliskaofficial
Juliska is a home decor brand that has opened the first floor of its flagship store on King Street, commemorating its 20th anniversary. The second floor is scheduled to open in January and will feature a bar, bridal and design salon, and workshop studio. The storefront will be complete in spring 2023 with L’amour Toujours Cafe in the courtyard garden.
WISCONSIN MEAT & CHEESE
1027 Folly Road, Charleston
wimeatandcheese.com | @wiscomeatandcheese
Wisconsin Meat & Cheese features a cozy style interior with more than 150 different cheeses, 50 kinds of meats and the perfect assortments for charcuterie boards, including jams, crackers, mustards, pickles, olives, spreads, “snacky” foods and sweets. They start off greeting customers with a “Sample of the Day”: a different cheese picked out every day so their customers have the chance to try something they have likely never tried before. Opened November 2022.
TOURS & ATTRACTIONS
SAWMILL BRANCH TRAIL
500 E. Richardson Avenue, Summerville
The Sawmill Branch Trail is a paved walking and biking trail, just shy of seven miles long, that runs along the Sawmill Branch Canal at the corner of Berlin Myers Parkway and Highway 78. This trail will be part of a larger structure known as the Loblolly Greenway.
BATTERY PARK PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE
1865 Ave B N, North Charleston
Battery Park Pedestrian Bridge, aka Noisette Creek Pedestrian Bridge, has officially opened to the public following a grand opening celebration. The bridge is gaining recognition. Architectural Digest included the development on its list of “The 11 Most Beautiful Elevated Walkways Through Nature.” The winding structure is 800 linear feet, with two 55-foot-tall steel arches and views of Noisette Creek. It also includes a gathering space over the water. Opened November 2022.
HIGHLIGHTED SPECIAL EVENTS
OYSTER ROAST SERIES AT FIREFLY DISTILLERY
fireflydistillery.com | @fireflydistillery
Firefly Distillery will be hosting monthly oyster roasts this season on January 22, February 26 and March 19. Teaming up with Lowcountry Oyster Co, there will be local oysters, accouterments and a bloody mary bar. Local food trucks will be onsite for each event along with live music.
LOWCOUNTRY OYSTER FESTIVAL
The 39th annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival is right around the corner so we’re giving you the lowdown on the world’s largest oyster fest. The “rain or shine” event — hosted by the Charleston Restaurant Foundation — will be held on Sunday, January 29 from 10 AM – 5 PM at Boone Hall Plantation. General parking will be free. There will be buckets of oysters, live music on the main stage, raw oyster shucking and eating contests, wine and beer, and a food court featuring local eateries. Food and beverage tickets will be available for purchase at the festival. You can also purchase oyster knives and gloves at the event.
SOUTHEASTERN WILDLIFE EXPO
sewe.com | @sewe
Gear up for a wild weekend in Charleston! The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is the largest wildlife, art and sporting event of its kind, showcasing more than 500 artisans, wildlife and nature experts and sporting demonstrations. Find us oohing and ahhing at the Birds of Prey Flight Demos, browsing exquisite art and enjoying BBQ bites from world-renowned pit masters and bluegrass tunes by the fire February 17 – 19.