WISE COLUMN: Chipotle to spice up local restaurant scene
Chipotle Mexican Grill is coming to town.
The Denver-based chain plans to open two restaurants this year, one each in North Charleston and Mount Pleasant.
The North Charleston location will open around May at 7398 Rivers Ave., near Ashley Phosphate Road, and the other should be completed by November at 1905 U.S. Highway 17 near Mount Pleasant Towne Centre, said Alex Spong, director of investor relations.
The 2,500-square-foot restaurants will be the company's first in the Charleston area. The corporate-owned chain operates more than 1,200 restaurants in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and soon will in Paris. It plans to add up to 165 new restaurants in 2012, Spong said.
TCBY frozen yogurt is expanding to a second location in the region.
The self-serve dessert shop will take over the space once occupied by Coldstone Creamery in South Windermere Shopping Center in West Ashley in late February. It will be operated by franchisee Sam Batt of Charlotte, who also owns the store at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.
A new flea market is opening this weekend in Red Top. Relics Crafts and Flea Market starts Saturday and Sunday at 3881 Savannah Highway, according to Daniel Doyle, who has owned Relics Antiques for seven years at the site.
Doyle said the building has room for about 70 vendors and that about half of the spaces are filled. It will be open at 8 a.m. every weekend.
The long-standing Shoney's at 6328 Rivers Ave. in North Charleston has quietly closed. The restaurant shut down sometime before Christmas, leaving just one local Shoney's -- on North Main Street in Summerville. (Another is in Walterboro.) A spokesperson could not be reached Wednesday. Separately, Kim's, an Asian restaurant at 1716 Old Towne Road in Northbridge Shopping Center in West Ashley, has closed. There was no response via email or phone, but a patron said it closed shortly after a New Year's Eve party.
After an 18-month run, Oil and Vinegar closed over the weekend at Mount Pleasant Towne Centre. The 1,014-square-foot gourmet shop was only one of five in the U.S. The franchise owners said on Facebook the closing was due to "circumstances beyond their control" and they are searching for a new location.