Carolina Ale House will crack open two new locations in the Charleston area by the end of the year.
The beer-centric establishment rooted in Raleigh said Wednesday it will open a rooftop bar at King and Calhoun streets in downtown Charleston. The former Millennium Music building, which is being redeveloped, will also house a Walgreen's drugstore and a Chipotle Mexican Grill.
Lea Cooper, spokeswoman for Carolina Ale House, said the craft beer joint and restaurant expects to open this fall in the top two floors of the building.
Whether the bar will have to close by midnight under the city's new late-night overlay ordinance is unclear. City officials could not be reached for comment.
Carolina Ale House will also open in Summerville next month in MeadWestvaco's emerging Nexton development near U.S. Interstate 26 and Highway 17A.
The restaurant, with 21 locations across the Southeast, is known for its expansive list of regionally crafted beers on draft.
Pence's Liquor and Wine has moved into the former Blockbuster video rental store at 334 East Bay St. on the peninsula. The wine and spirits business will hold a grand opening 5-7 p.m. Friday with complimentary champagne and appetizers. Pence's will host weekly wine-tasting events in its lounge area from 5-7 p.m. every Friday. The liquor store also stocks locally distilled spirits.
One of downtown Charleston's most popular French-style restaurants is expanding into Georgia.
Bennett Hospitality-owned Holy City Hospitality, which oversees local restaurants such as Coast and Virginia's on King, soon will open a Savannah version of its 39 Rue de Jean restaurant, according to company spokeswoman Whittney Prasek. The upscale bistro is under construction inside the newly developed Embassy Suites on Oglethorpe Avenue, a 150-room accommodation developed by Bennett Hospitality.
The company's local restaurant group has been in expansion mode recently. Its Michael's on the Alley, Vincent Chicco's and Victor Social Club opened all at once on Hutson Alley earlier this year. The group also recently opened The Islander on Daniel Island, its first dining venture off the peninsula.
A Charleston-based wedding planning business, Southern Protocol, will open its first bridal boutique in September at 164 Market St. The boutique will carry bridal accessories and gowns by designers such as Lula Kate and Nicole Miller, according to a statement.
Reach Abigail Darlington at 937-5906 and follow her on Twitter @A_Big_Gail