[image-1]It may be the first day of summer, but it already feels like the dog days to me. It’s hot, I need a vacation, we’re out of coffee at home. You get it. But the one thing getting me through the sultry heat is anticipation of a handful of soon-to-open restaurants. Let’s take a look at what’s to come.
15 Beaufain St.
We’ve been talking about Michael and Caitlin Toscano’s forthcoming Italian restaurant for months now and we know they’re getting close. The restaurant put out a call for staffers at the beginning of this month, so with any luck we’ll be slurping up big bowls of Michael’s hand-rolled pasta by next month.
464 N. Nassau St.
The sign went up this weekend and the restaurant got its A rating today, so we predict John Lewis will be cutting slices of his signature brisket — which he eloquently defended as true barbecue here — soon.
The Dewberry’s Citrus Club rooftop bar
334 Meeting St.
Meeting Street’s newest hotel, The Dewberry is planning on opening three restaurants. The first, Henrietta’s, will sit on the first floor and have waiters in white dinner jackets in what Eater described as an approachable yet formal atmosphere. Rather than a lobby, the Dewberry will have The Living Room, a giant welcome bar with lounge chairs. But as interesting as both of those sound, it’s the 14th floor rooftop bar, The Citrus Club, that has me drooling with excitement. The chi chi spot will command the best view in the city and is sure to be a permanently packed house. That is, of course, if The Dewberry can get approval for it. Last month the Post & Courier reported that the Board of Zoning Appeals had not approved a rooftop bar and according to City Director of Communications Jack O’Toole, the hotel has not requested approval since.
Sermet’s Southernterranean Cuisine-Bar
1622 Highland Ave.
Longtime restaurateur Sermet Aslan purchased James Island’s former Heart Woodfire Kitchen back in March and is currently dolling it up for opening. Last we saw, he was updating the courtyard area.
2 Unity Alley
Sean Brock is staying pretty mum on his latest project, McCrady’s Tavern, but if it’s anything like we imagine — a more casual Southern pub with a nod to Brock’s beloved traditional recipes — it’ll be a winner. We won’t know until September, but the anticipation is killing us.
Cane Rhum Bar + Caribbean Kitchen
251 E Bay St.
Ever since CP news reporter Dustin Waters interviewed Cane Rhum Bar + Caribbean Kitchen owner Paul Yellin for our February issue of Dish, we’ve been eagerly anticipating this opening. We’re told it’s looking like the doors might be unlocked next month. Bring on the Haitian griot, please.