3 Charleston restaurant bars among 'Hottest 100' in U.S., according to OpenTable

The bar scene at O-Ku on upper King Street is considered a hot spot. Buy this photo

Charleston's dining scene continues to draw rave reviews. Now three of the Holy City's restaurants can claim some of the hottest water holes in the nation.

O-Ku at 463 King St., Social Restaurant and Wine Bar at 188 East Bay St. and Stars Restaurant — Rooftop and Grill Room at 495 King have been tapped among OpenTable's “Top 100 Hottest Restaurant Bars in the U.S.”

No other South Carolina establishment made the list, which was based on 5 million reviews from the online reservation service's diners for more than 15,000 U.S. restaurants between June 1, 2012, and May 31.

Vaping craze

With conventional cigarette smoking slowly falling out of vogue, electronic cigarette stores are popping up across the Lowcountry to feed the practice of vaping or inhaling nicotine vapor instead of smoke. Two stores recently opened in the Charleston area, and two more are on the way.

The latest is Pleasant Ecigs at 1161 S.C. Highway 41 in Mount Pleasant. Owners are Rick Kosinski and Jeanine Kotchish. The 1,000-square-foot store is inside Mount Pleasant Auto Service Center.

It's open seven days a week with abbreviated Sunday hours. A second 950-square-foot Pleasant Ecigs shop is planned to open Aug. 1 at 7400 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston.

Ecig Charleston, which already has two stores in West Ashley and Summerville, will open a third shop July 19 in Wando Crossing Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant. The shops follow the recent opening of Charleston Electronic Cigarettes in West Ashley. For more on the trend, see Money & Jobs in The Post and Courier on Sunday.

Staking a claim

Steak 'n Shake, home of signature steakburgers and frosty milk shakes, marks the opening of its first local restaurant with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. today at 4821 Tanger Outlet Blvd. in North Charleston.

Owner Benjamin Carter and business partner Seth Salzman will be on hand with Mayor Keith Summey and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce for the event.

Holiday respite

Holy City Hospitality's 39 Rue de Jean at 39 John St. on the peninsula will close at 11 p.m. Sunday for minor renovations. The French cuisine cafe and bar will reopen July 5.

Cooking al fresco

Palmetto Outdoor Kitchens is now open at 1000 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. in the Publix-anchored Queensborough Shopping Center in Mount Pleasant.

Owned by Kenneth Good and Scott Hunter, the outdoor kitchen, grills, fireplaces and accessories store will hold a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. July 11.

Meet and greet

Holy City Barber will hold a neighborhood meet and greet 6-9 p.m. today at 684 King St. in Charleston. The event will include live music.

Snip, snip

Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting for its new Prosperity Center at noon Friday at 222 Trolley Road in Summerville. The project is a combined effort of Goodwill, United Way and Family Services.

Morning meal

The Library Restaurant at The Vendue Inn at 19 Vendue Range in downtown Charleston, is offering breakfast. A French bistro menu is offered daily 7-11 a.m. Reservations recommended.



Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.

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