Find out about the latest restaurant openings and other food and beverage news as compiled by contributor Helen Mitternight. If you’d like your food and beverage news to be included email firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Food News” in the subject line.
OPENINGS & CLOSINGS
The owners of Kwei Fei are going to be serving Mexican street food at the new Micho this summer. Micho will be on the deck at the Pour House on Maybank Highway, and owner David Schuttenberg says the food will be inspired by his youth in Arizona.
Because sometimes when you’re munching sushi, you think a good taco would hit the spot… MESU is opening early summer with a Mexican and sushi menu. Located at the corner of King & Spring, Mesu is designed around street art that the owners have been collecting for years.
Pink Cactus is open on Spring Street and it’s offering Oaxacan fare, including lots of mole dishes and house made tortillas. Look for small bites, tacos and desserts. Service is walk-in only and the restaurant only seats 40, so plan accordingly.
It’s back! After a devastating fire, Swig & Swine in Summerville is back serving burnt ends and other smoky goodness.
Great news for those who like their produce local and straight from the earth: the Charleston Farmers Market at Marion Square is back! Continuing every Saturday through November, it’s time to get to know your farmers!
The owners of Bin 152 and Chez Nous have opened their latest offering: Malagon, 33 Spring Street. Tapas and churros and Spanish wines bring Spain to Charleston.
The peninsula has a barbecue district, but James Island is getting its own joint with Martin’s Bar-B-Cue Joint from pitmaster Pat Martin. Martin’s pledges no freezers or microwaves ever, making its scratch-made offerings fresh daily. Save room for the pecan and fudge pies!
If you don’t think of coffee when you think Indian food, the Coorg Indian Café is hoping to change your mind. The Mount Pleasant restaurant on Ben Sawyer Blvd. offers food, tea and, yes, coffee.
CHEF AND STAFF MOVES
Uncork, the self-pour wine bar downtown, has brought in chef Natasha Cline as both chef and general manager. She’ll be expanding the menu to include more charcuterie and small desserts. She was most recently at Five Loaves Café.
Parcel 32’s general manager Katie Hajjar has left. She joins Indigo Road’s Macintosh in the same position.
MENU AND VENUE CHANGES
Just in time for summer, Hardscoop Distillery announces its peach sorbet flavor, made from local peaches. The company offers frozen desserts with alcohol and the peach sorbet is 21 proof. It’s available at several area grocery stores such as Harris Teeter and at stores that sell hard liquor such as Bottles.
If you’re thirsty after chowing down on that Evo’s Pizza at Baker and Brewer, the new partnership at 94 Stuart Street, good news! The Brewer part of the equation – Holy City Brewery – finally has its license and is pouring the suds.
Grey Ghost Bakery will have four flavors (Lemon Sugar, Molasses Spice, Chocolate Espresso and Chocolate Chip) in all 162 Fresh Market stores by mid-March.
Did you know that brunch needed to be reinvented? We didn’t either, but apparently, it’s a thing:
The Restoration Hotel’s The Watch is reinventing its brunch with local ingredients and a non-traditional Green Bloody.
If you’re not into Bloody Marys, Prohibition on upper King is whipping up brunch cocktails of the Deja Brew, Breakfast Milk Punch and Raspberry Peach Bellini. The cocktails come with a side of live bluegrass music.
Grimaldi’s Pizza is debuting its “fresh cut flavors” menu for spring, featuring limited-time ingredients watermelon, strawberry, arugula and coconut.
On Tuesdays through May 21, Queen Street Hospitality – owners of 82 Queen and Swig & Swine – will be hosting Spirit Nights. The restaurants will donate 10 percent of proceeds to Catch Up On Lunch, which repays past due lunch debt for public school kids in Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley Counties.
Starting May 4, Zero George will be hosting wine seminars on the first Saturday of each month from 1 p – 3 p. Guests will sample five different wines and light bites. The class – limited to 10 – is $60 per person.
Kelly Franz of Magnolia’s won the Marc Collins Chef Award during the opening ceremony of the Charleston Wine & Food Festival.
Roti Rolls was included in the Food Network’s list of “America’s Best Food Trucks.”
Still in the game! The James Beard Awards, the Oscars for foodies, has announced its finalists and a couple of Charleston folks are still in the running. For outstanding restaurant, FIG is up. For outstanding wine, spirits or beer producer, Highwire Distillery. Winners are announced at a gala in May.