Graze to Open Second Location in Summerville This Fall

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Chef Michael Karkut

If renovations proceed according to schedule, Graze will celebrate its fourth birthday this September by opening a second location in Summerville.

The popular Mt. Pleasant restaurant is occupying the space which previously housed Moose’s Famous BBQ. The new Graze will seat 120 people, or 50 more people than the Mt. Pleasant dining room can accommodate.

Chef Michael Karkut says the Summerville menu will be “about 95 percent” the same as the Mt. Pleasant menu, although he anticipates adding a few different dishes or drinks “to differentiate it.” The restaurant will have a full bar. Continue reading

Edmund’s Oast is Growing

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Edmund’s Oast has gone big from the start, with high-aiming beer, cocktail and food programs, but the 6,000-square foot restaurant is about to get bigger still.

Expansion plans call for the addition of an outdoor bar; covered dining and restrooms along Morrison Drive. “The Bower” is intended to supplement the existing al fresco dining area; Currently, patrons seated in the exposed courtyard are limited to ordering snacks.

According to publicist Angel Postell, the expansion will also create more room for private events.

“The Bower” is scheduled for completion this fall.

Five Loaves Cafe Plans to Open Summerville Location This Fall

logoAnother Charleston restaurant is opening a Summerville location, with Five Loaves Café today announcing plans to take over the former Farringdon Bistropub.

The news comes just days before Toast of Summerville, a spin-off of the popular peninsular breakfast spot, is scheduled to open on Trolley Road.

Five Loaves owner Casey Glowacki is projecting an October opening for his restaurant, which will offer the same menu as the downtown and Mt. Pleasant locations. Like the Mt. Pleasant location, the Summerville location will feature a full bar and Sunday brunch. Continue reading

Xiao Bao Biscuit Eyes Asheville Location

xbbintXiao Bao Biscuit is exploring new markets across the Southeast, but co-owner Joey Ryan says the restaurant will maintain its Charleston address.

“We are at home in Charleston,” Ryan says. “This place is and always will be the heart of our company.”

As first reported by the Asheville Citizen-Times, XBB is considering opening a restaurant in a vacant gas station just north of downtown Asheville.  Ryan says sous chef Patrick O’Cain, an Asheville native who previously worked at Curate, “will play a greater role in the company because he has been a huge part of our success here.” Continue reading

Crave to Take Over Space Vacated by Rosebank Farms Cafe

crave3Four months after reopening its location damaged by an electrical fire, Crave International Foods and Catering is on the cusp of opening a second Johns Island restaurant.

“We’re hoping to do it by May,” owner Michael Petrillo says, speaking from the former Rosebank Farms Café space he’s planning to renovate.

Rosebank Farms Café closed earlier this month. Although owner Julie Limehouse didn’t return messages, Sidi Limehouse speculated she was exhausted by more than two decades in the restaurant business.

“She was just tired,” he says. “She just wanted to do something else. You know, restaurants are a tough business. Business has fallen off; there’s a lot of competition here now.” Continue reading