Here’s a roundup of who’s closed and why. Guy Harvey’s in Mt. Pleasant closed, mainly because it was a terrible concept in a bad location (former grocery store with automatic sliding glass doors). Last summer, our reviewer said the seafood at Guy Harvey’s was lackluster despite the high prices. Not a good sign, particularly in Charleston where you can find super fresh fish right off the boat at any number of good restaurants. They barely lasted a year. Another victim of a bad concept in a terrible location was Hula Dogs. Apparently based on two hot dog outfits in Hawaii — Puka Dog and Hula Dog — the Rivers Avenue shop seemed less like a family friendly fast fooder and more like a bar, despite its colorful and surfboard-covered exterior. The truth of the matter is that hot dog joints are a rarity on the islands and that there is no one specific style. The whole authentic Hawaiian-style hot dog is just a marketing gimmick for tourists. And nobody in North Chuck seemed to be buying it.
Nearby, WIK Café closed down after a brief run serving healthful raw foods. They tell us that they will be opening a location on Spring Street very soon, which is probably a much better neighborhood for their holistic fare. The most inexplicable closing has to be Joseph’s Restaurant, a longtime favorite on Meeting Street that quietly served stellar breakfasts and hearty lunches. After 14 years, the restaurant, whose lease ended at the end of May, told the Post and Courier that they were told to be out of the building at the end of June.