We saw a lot of NEW popping up all over Charleston this summer. Keep reading to check out our round up of all the best new things to come to Charleston this summer.
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AZUR 159 Market Street, Charleston azurcharleston.com | @bistroavinchs
From Dominic Chantepie of Bistro A Vin, Azur is a new eatery incorporating the many flavors of Europe. It features French, Italian and Spanish dishes made to share, an in-house pastry program, a selection of fine wines and signature handcrafted cocktails. Azur is also home to a dedicated event space that accommodates up to 50 guests and is located in a restored 19th-century Charleston single house. Opened April 2023.
GOGIBOP FUSION GRILL 221 Spring Street, Charleston gogibop.com | @eatgogibop
Inspired by the Korean dish bibimbap, Gogibop is a fast-casual restaurant concept that focuses on fresh, healthy ingredients in a combination rice bowl, offering sizzling proteins, diced veggies and a variety of world fusion flavors. Opened April 2023.
LA BONNE FRANQUETTE 652 St. Andrews Boulevard, Charleston labonnefranquettechs.com | @labonnefranquettechs
Carly and Christophe Paume, owners of Charleston’s renowned Christophe Artisan Chocolatier, have joined Chef Remi Lorgoulloux to open a simple French café. In the spirit of the Southwest region of France and Christophe Paume’s hometown of Toulouse, the restaurant focuses on simple ingredients paired with good times with friends and family. Opened Spring 2023.
MA’AM SAAB 251 Meeting Street, Charleston maamsaabchs.com | @maamsaabchs
This former pop-up has become a full-fledged brick and mortar. From Chef Maryam Ghaznavi of Malika comes a new restaurant experience that takes you through the homes, streets and villages of Pakistan with its cuisine. Opened May 2023.
MALIKA CANTEEN 1977 Maybank Highway, James Island malikacanteen.com | @malikacanteen
The first Pakistani restaurant in South Carolina has expanded in the Lowcountry. The menu includes Tikki Masala, Dhamaka burgers and their renowned Masala fries. This location offers unique dishes such as Naan One One. Opened March 2023.
MUDHOUSE COFFEE ROASTERS 375 King Street, Charleston mudhouse.com | @mudhousecoffeeroasters
The café chain and roasting company based in Charlottesville is known for its “thoughtfully sourced specialty coffee.” The café has made its way to the downtown Charleston area with a new shop designed to honor the existing local charms of the Lowcountry. Opened March 2023.
SPREAD BAGELRY 1400 Shucker Circle, Suite 100, Mount Pleasant spreadbagelry.com | @spreadbagelry
With a wood oven at the center, Spread Bagelry blends modern sensibility with old-world craft by engaging the senses and engaging with the communities they serve. Founded in Philadelphia in 2010, they continue to serve Montreal-style bagels daily. Opened June 2023.
HAZEL AND APPLE 549 King Street, Charleston hazelandapple.com | @hazelandapple_charleston
Blending the elements of Irish Pubs and American Diners, Hazel and Apple will be a split concept with a separate bar and patio space. The Hazel will exist in the front space and serve Irish classics such as whiskey, cocktails, draft beer and a dedicated Irish coffee station. Located in the back will be The Apple, an elevated cocktail space with a patio for events. Opening Spring 2024.
JACK’S COSMIC DOGS 801 Folly Road, Charleston jackscosmicdogs.com | @jackscosmicdogs
Mount Pleasant’s long-standing galactic-themed hot dog restaurant is returning to James Island after a decade away. This new location will serve Jack’s classic hot dogs topped with creative condiments in addition to sides and ice cream. Opening Summer or Fall 2023.
KING BBQ 2029 Carver Avenue. North Charleston eatkingbbq.com | @kingbbqchs
From the team behind Jackrabbit Filly, this popular pop-up restaurant will be opening a permanent location. Known for blending Chinese BBQ and North Carolina-style BBQ, the menu will include items like Char siu (Cantonese barbecue pork), Chinese sausage, roasted duck and fried cabbage. Opening August 2023.
LA CAVE 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 will complement its sister restaurant with an expanded wine list, craft cocktail program, small bites and a focus on private parties and events. Opening Fall 2023.
MIX 730 Coleman Boulevard, Mount Pleasant mix.life | @mixcharleston
An “eatertainment” concept developed by Boston-based PiNZ Entertainment Group, MIX will feature upscale food and beverages that will be paired with a variety of entertainment activities. MIX will be home to eight lanes of duckpin bowling, ax throwing, curling, arcade games, ping pong, two bars and a patio space for social events and live entertainment. Opening Summer 2023.
PICKLE BAR 162 Cherry Street, Summerville thepicklebar.com | @play.at.thepicklebar
The Pickle Bar will combine food, retail and recreation with the popularity of pickleball. This 40,000 square-foot space will include a casual restaurant and bar with Southern cuisine, nine pickleball courts, a game yard and a stage for live performances. Opening Fall 2023.
CHARLESTON CRAFTS GALLERY 140 East Bay Street, Suite D, Charleston shopcharlestoncrafts.com | @charleston_crafts Charleston Crafts Gallery has a brand-new location brimming with an assortment of artwork and is located in the heart of Charleston. The business is open daily for visitors to experience its art galleries, culinary delights and shopping hub. Opened July 2023. HAZEL AND HANK’S GOURMET MARKET 5117-C Dorchester Road, North Charleston hazelandhanks.com | @hazelandhanksgourmetmarket This family-owned sandwich shop and retail market is located in the heart of North Charleston. Hazel and Hank’s provides the community with fresh, locally sourced food and supports local businesses by featuring a variety of their products. Opened May 2023. GORJANA 418 King Street, Charleston gorjana.com | @gorjana This Laguna Beach-based jewelry brand has opened its 50th location in the heart of Charleston. This new location features the nationally-recognized brand and its popular Southern California-inspired design. Their selection consists of plated to fine necklaces, earrings, bracelets and more. Opened June 2023.
TOURS & ATTRACTIONS
CRUSH YARD 3365 S. Morgans Point Road, Mount Pleasant crushyard.com | @crush.yard Backed by investors and brand ambassadors like NFL stars Rob Gronkowski, his brothers and other football greats including AJ Green and Brian Dawkins, Crush Yard is making its way to Mount Pleasant. This 40,000-square-foot pickleball club and restaurant will feature eight pickleball courts, an outdoor lounge and play area, dining spaces and membership options. Opening Fall 2023. IAAM INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM 14 Wharfside Street, Charleston iaamuseum.org | @iaamuseum IAAM focuses on the cultures and knowledge systems retained and adapted by Africans in the Americas and the diverse journeys and achievements of these individuals and their descendants. It features an African Ancestors Memorial Garden, exhibitions and a Center for Family History to trace genealogies. Opened June 2023. NORTH CHARLESTON SPORTS COMPLEX 1455 Monitor Street, North Charleston northcharleston.org | @northcharleston A new $25 million Sports complex is coming to North Charleston. This new facility 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 youth athletics. Opening date to be determined. URBAN AIR ADVENTURE PARK 7800 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston urbanair.com |@urbanairpark The ultimate indoor adventure park and family fun destination is coming to North Charleston. The park will feature attractions perfect for all ages and offer the perfect destination for unforgettable kids’ birthday parties, exciting special events and family fun. Opening July 2023.
HIGHLIGHTED SPECIAL EVENTS
MUSIC ON THE GREEN Freshfields Village 165 Village Green Drive, Kiawah Island freshfieldsvillage.com | @freshfieldsvillage
Freshfields Village in Kiawah Island is hosting a weekly Music on the Green Concert Series on Fridays from 6 – 9 PM this Summer. These free, family-friendly concerts feature a variety of music from local and regional bands. May 26 – September 3, 2023
REGGAE NIGHTS AT JAMES ISLAND COUNTY PARK 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston ccprc.com| @charlestoncountyparks
The Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series at James Island County Park features traditional old-school roots reggae with a new-school attitude in a beautiful outdoor setting. June 2 – August 4, 2023
LIVE AT FIREFLY 4201 Spruill Avenue, North Charleston fireflydistillery.com | @fireflydistillery
Firefly Distillery, South Carolina’s oldest working distillery, has announced its concert season lineup, Live at Firefly. Concerts are happening now and will continue throughout the summer and into the fall including national touring and Grammy award-winning musicians. June 16 – October 11, 2023
DORK-OUT WITH THE DIRECTOR AT THE NATHANIEL RUSSELL HOUSE MUSEUM 51 Meeting Street, Charleston historiccharleston.org | @historiccharlestonfoundation
Historic Charleston Foundation has announced a fun new way to engage with the Nathaniel Russell House Museum this summer. Offering extended hours for the Nathaniel Russell House every Wednesday this summer from 5 – 6 PM. Guests can join the Director of Museums to learn in-depth and detailed answers to Nathaniel Russell House’s most frequently asked questions. June 28 – August 23, 2023
The Art of Jazz Series is one of Charleston Jazz’s most popular annual programs presented in partnership with the Gibbes Museum of Art. Celebrated local musicians such as Heather Rice & Friends and Manny Houston compose original works inspired by the art on display at the museum. July 19 – August 16, 2023
SWEETGRASS FESTIVAL Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park 99 Harry M. Hallman Jr Blvd, Mount Pleasant experiencemountpleasant.com
The 19th annual Sweetgrass Festival in Mount Pleasant will promote and celebrate the contributions of the Gullah Geechee people’s history, culture, traditions and the art of sweetgrass basket weaving. July 22, 2023
CHARLESTON SUMMER WINE FESTIVAL Charleston Harbor Cruise Terminal, 196 Concord Street, Charleston charlestonwinefestivals.com | @charlestonwinefestivals
Charleston Wine Festivals will host its fourth annual Summer Wine Festival at the Charleston Harbor Cruise Terminal. This 21 and up event will feature over 50 wine selections, mimosas and beer. Guests can enjoy live music from Noah Grove, the Jacob Poole Band and DJ B Folks. August 26, 2023
LOWCOUNTRY JAZZ FESTIVAL Gaillard Center, 95 Calhoun Street, Charleston lowcountryjazzfest.com
The Annual Greater Charleston Lowcountry Jazz Festival returns to Charleston featuring world-class jazz in a world-class venue, The Charleston Gaillard Center. This year’s lineup will include award-winning jazz singers and musicians including Dave Koz & Friends featuring Candy Dulfer, Eric Darius and Maysa, Grammy award winner Gregory Porter, Avery Sunshine and Jonathan Butler. September 2 – 3, 2023