Charleston Coffee Roasters, which makes ridiculously good coffee, is moving in with the Palmetto Brewery, which makes ridiculously good beer, at 289 Huger St. (between King and Meeting). CCR will take over the front portion of the warehouse and will be able to expand their roasting operations. You can't buy a cup of coffee at the facility, though you can buy fresh-roasted beans by the pound. On Friday, June 15th, you can tour the roasting operations at a free open house from 2 to 8 pm.
Ciaran Duffy down at Tristan's has launched a chef cam: http://www.tristandining.com/chefcam.htm.
As of last month, you can now purchase "high-gravity" beers (those with greater than 5% alcohol) in the state of the South Carolina. Beer afficianados are celebrating with a few exotic brews.
Berlin's Restaurant Supply, which has been selling to the trade for some 20 years now from its River Ave. location in North Charleston, has now opened a new store called Berlin's Restaurant Essentials down on Meeting Street. This version will be more aimed at the home cook than the restaurant professional, but since it's only open Mon.-Fri. 9 to 5, this non-restaurant professional hasn't had a chance to check it out yet.
A little out of town accolades: Jim Flynn's Best Vacations, a travel website and vacation planning outfit, just named Mount Pleasant's Your Place as one of its three picks for Best Burger in the US (along with Burger Joint at the Parker Meridian hotel in New York and Mrs. Bartley’s Cottage in Cambridge, MA). And, Charleston cooking gets a good write up in the Montreal Gazette.