A full menu of new dining options will soon be served on James Island, Johns Island and North Charleston while a new footwear shop is on the way to West Ashley and a medical concept is in the works for a former East Cooper bicycle store.
On Johns Island, co-owner and chef Alex Yellan plans to open Collectivo as a Mexican dining venue at 2901 Maybank Highway, possibly as early as next month. It will focus on regional dishes from the south of the border.
Yellan once worked at the former Minero in downtown Charleston before leaving to become the chef at Tua former Asian, Latin American and Southern cuisine dining spot where Bedford Falls now serves pub fare on Meeting Street.
Until about a year ago, he worked at a wine bar The Tipping House on Coming Street before leaving to focus on his new Mexican concept.
Yellan said the construction on the new building is finished except for some interior design elements. He plans to be open 4-9 pm Wednesday through Saturday. On Monday and Tuesday, a pop-up venture called Gingerbugs will offer Thai cuisine and grilled items. Chefs Jamie Fairchilda co-owner in Colectivo, will operate the pop-up.
The opening timeframe is up in the air because Yellan noted, “Everything is taking longer than it needs to.”
A galactic-themed hot dog shop is almost ready to welcome customers to its new Charleston location.
Jack’s Cosmic Dogs plans to open July 10 at 801 Folly Road in the former Sweetwater Cafe site on James Island.
co-owner Jarrett Hodson said the business is waiting for a final approval on occupancy after adding an outdoor seating area to the single-bathroom restaurant.
He and business partner Joe Teders set up a food truck on the site a few weeks ago that is in operation. Once the restaurant opens, they plan to move the mobile shop to the parking lot at DB’s Cheesesteaks at 2 Avondale Ave. in West Ashley.
DB is temporarily closed to handle family issues, according to a telephone message at the restaurant.
Jack’s Cosmic Dogs has another longtime location on US Highway 17 near SC Highway 41 in Mount Pleasant. Hodson said delivery would be available from the two restaurants and food trucks through independent vendors.
also, Jersey Mike’s Subs opened its second James Island sandwich stop on June 28. It’s at 1417 Folly Road next to Great Greek Mediterranean Grill in the Riverland Market Shopping Centre. It joins a nearby location at 520 Folly Road in the Merchants Village Shopping Center.
On the way
A new neighborhood market and cafe will soon welcome customers in North Charleston.
Odd Duck plans to open between June 30 and July 3 at 1082 E. Montague Ave. in a 1,500-square-foot shop next to the headquarters of Half-Moon Outfittersaccording to Jared Hellmannwho will co-own and operate the shop with Andrew Hare.
Hare is one of the co-founders of the hydroponic farming operation Vertical Roots in Charleston, where he now serves as a consultant.
The shop, with a focus on local purveyors, will offer daily breakfast, lunch and a coffee bar along with grocery items, beer, wine and gifts. An outdoor patio sits behind the new venue, which can be accessed from the street or from the courtyard behind the shop.
A running-themed merchant plans to open in a Charleston retail center that’s slated to undergo redevelopment.
Fleet Feet will land in a 3,000-square-foot shop by the end of the year in Ashley Landing Shopping Centre in West Ashley where Publix supermarket plans to relocate from an outparcel to part of the retail site near Old Towne Road.
Shop owners Amy and Chris Minkel also own Fleet Feet stores in Mount Pleasant, Summerville and Carnes Crossroads.
The Carrboro, NC-based chain has more than 250 locations in 40 states.
On the way
A sports medicine clinic plans to take over a former bicycle business site in Mount Pleasant.
Private Therapy Services recently hoisted signs for a future site where The Bicycle Shoppe operated at 1539 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. for many years before closing in April.
The clinic will offer physical therapy and sports medicine. The building, next to a McDonald’s just north of Bowman Road, is under renovation. An opening date has not been announced.
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