Thursday, April 24, 2008

Lowcountry Nibbles -- April 24th

After a round of dreary closings, it's nice to finally have a few new restaurant openings to talk about:

Tim Armstrong, formerly the executive chef at the Old Village Post House in Mount Pleasant, has opened Relish Downtown on Central Avenue in Summerville. Word is that it will be a upscale bistro-style place focusing on fresh, local food and contemporary styles.

Out in Mt. Pleasant, Chris Dolan has opened an "American fusion" place called Crave in the Seaside Farms shopping center just off the IOP Connector. This takes over the spot formerly occupied by Just Fresh.

Just down Longpoint road, a second outpost of Cupcake is about to open in the Longpoint shopping center (the original is downtown on King Street). The Wife has her eye on this one, and I figure our budget is about to take an extra $20 hit per week.

Vincent's Pizzaria has moved from Daniel Island out to Mount P, opening up shop in off of Highway 17 near the Brickyard Plantation entrance. Interestingly enough, the move was prompted after Vincent's couldn't make the high rents ($7,000 a month!) on Daniel Island.

Downtown, Brindle Brothers--a to-go coffee, ice cream, and hotdog shop--has opened at 221 Coming St. This is the latest venture of the two brothers who run D'Allesandro's pizza.

And finally, out in West Ashely, Thierry Goulard, formerly the chef at Mia's, will be running Bistro 61 at nights in the building housing Nathan's Deli on Highway 61. The deli will still be serving breakfast and lunch like always; at night, Goulard will transform it into French-inspired bistro. If you remember, Bella Napoli was doing a similar switcheroo-at-night scheme in Nathan's for a while, except with Italian food. We'll see how this latest incarnation pans out.

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