King Street soon will be home to four new businesses, three of them restaurants.
Jennifer and Scott Moreland will open South Carolina's first and only Scentchips home fragrance store at 318 King St. in the former Mary Norton location on Monday, according to real estate broker Phillip Rose of Rose Commercial Real Estate.
Handmade in the company's home base of San Antonio, Texas, for more than 25 years, the Scentchips product covers 3,000 square feet when melted and lasts for more than five years when used as a potpourri.
Also coming to lower King is a new Asian-style dining spot.
Patrick Price with The PrimeSouth Group LLC reports that 375 King St. has been sold to PEK Holdings LLC, a restaurant group that will open an Oriental diner.
The registered agent for PEK Holdings is Xiang "Jason" Q. Zheng of Charleston. He currently owns Peking Gourmet II at 555 King St. The new restaurant will tentatively be called Spring Roll and will open after the first of the new year.
Two new restaurants are coming to upper King Street.
Midtown Bar & Grill hopes to open before Thanksgiving at 559 King St., near O'Malley's and right next door to 52.5 Records.
The restaurant will offer a full lunch and dinner menu, with an additional late-night menu available from midnight to 3 a.m. through the take-out window.
A meat-and-three choices lunch menu for items like country fried steak, fried chicken and barbecue will be expanded at dinner to include wraps, salads, sandwiches and burgers. They'll serve Sunday brunch too.
Partners in the Upper King Street space include chef James Maybank, Thomas Shepard, Christopher Houston and Michael Shuler.
In addition to the main floor, the restaurant will have an outside patio and bar.
Just down the street, Oak Steakhouse's chef Brett McKee and managing partner Steve Palmer plan to open by February an upscale sushi restaurant and bar called O'Ku at 463 King St. in the former Waterworks store.
Another Oak venture started earlier this week in northern Mount Pleasant.
McKee and Palmer have opened 17 North in the rustic building that housed Oink! barbecue for a short stint earlier this year before it went belly up.
Described as a traditional roadside haunt with home-style fare, the restaurant at 3563 U.S. Highway 17 features simple American cuisine from farm-fresh ingredients.
Pizza to stay
About 30 employees at Benito's Brick Oven Pizza in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre were crying and glum the day before the Italian restaurant was set to close Saturday. A few hours later, the gloom turned to joy.
After announcing four weeks ago that the dining spot at 1244 Belk Drive would close at the end of October when its 10-year lease expired, the dining spot will now stay open for at least two more months and then on a month-to-month basis without a lease, owner Gerardo Leccese said.
Another party was interested in the site, but Leccese said he learned the day before he was scheduled to close that the deal fell through with the other client, and he worked out a plan to stay open.
On the hook
A new outdoor sportsman's shop has replaced Barton & Burwell in Mount Pleasant, which closed in September.
Atlantic Game & Tackle at 675-B Johnnie Dodds Blvd. opened Monday and carries equipment for fishing and hunting and offers an archery technician and gunsmith. Owners are Jeremy Burnham, Scotty Mill and Allen McKinney.
In the know? Do you know of a business opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren Wise at 937-5524 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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