Charleston has a weird way of hitting a trend hard. Remember when all those fro-yo joints showed up on King Street? I never would’ve thought they’d still be there, but there they are, and the trend has marched its way out to the ’burbs too with a host of Menchie’s and YoBes opening up. There’s more fro-yo around here than dandies in bow-ties.

Then there was banh mi. One minute, there wasn’t a banh mi to be found closer than Buford Highway in Atlanta and the next, we had five or six places at once vying for preeminence.

Noodles and adventurous ethnic fare? Same thing. Nothing and then Izakaya Ramen, Xiao Bao Biscuit, Co, and The Green Door popped up on the scene.

Now, it’s time for the beer bar/garden trend to appear.

The Craftsmen was first on deck, promising a laser-like focus on craft beers and high-end fare. Of course, they took so long to open that they’ve got new places breathing down their necks. (BTW: Craftsmen is opening tonight).

In the last two days, we’ve gotten word of two other places on the drawing board: Charleston Beer Exchange’s Egan’s Oast and the East Bay Biergarten.

There’s also a beer garden going into the old Books, Herbs, and Spices location on the corner of Coming and Spring, and we’ve heard rumor of one slated for Mt. Pleasant near Red Drum.

What’s the next trend?

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