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Mexican restaurant in Charleston could be demolished for new car wash

New retailer coming to downtown Charleston; Mount Pleasant bicycle shop closes

The days may be numbered for the Mariachi figurines that greet customers at a Mexican restaurant in West Ashley.

A new dual-lane car wash is being proposed where La Hacienda operates at 1859 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., according to site plans.

Olympus Pines Management Co. of Utah is eyeing the property for a 4,625-square-foot Tommy's Express Car Wash.

The restaurant operators were unaware of new development plans for the former Applebee's, according to assistant manager Rossy Hernandez.

La Hacienda front

Mexican restaurant La Hacienda in West Ashley could be replaced by a car wash under plans presented to the city. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Plans show entrances to the car wash from Sam Rittenberg Boulevard and Gardner Road.

Charleston's Design Review Board was scheduled to consider preliminary approval on May 1, but the meeting was canceled April 26 after the applicant asked to defer consideration.

The property is owned by Carolina Child Care Properties LLC of Hollywood, which paid $2.875 million for the nearly 1-acre site in 2014, according to Charleston County land records. The landlord could not immediately be reached for comment.

Michigan-based Tommy's Express Car Wash announced earlier this month it will bring its first Lowcountry site to 3680 Ashley Phosphate Road in North Charleston. Two others are slated for Summerville. Another is planned on Tanger Outlet Boulevard in North Charleston.

Coming to King

A New York City-based home and apparel shop is coming to downtown Charleston.

Hill House Home plans to open at 145 King St. by late summer on the ground floor of the four-story office building at the Queen Street intersection, according to a spokeswoman.

The brand first launched with bedding in 2016 but now includes home accessories, bridal, and baby and children's items among other products.

The space will be designed by Amanda Lindroth, who designed the brand’s Palm Beach store. The retailer has other shops in New York City and Nantucket, Mass.

Pedaling away

A longtime two-wheel store in Mount Pleasant is no longer in business.

The Bicycle Shoppe at 1539 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. next to fast-food restaurant McDonald's recently closed.

A representative of the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The bicycle vendor has another longtime store at 280 Meeting St. in downtown Charleston and a more recent location at 600 Front St. in Nexton near Summerville.

Mudhouse Specialty Coffee Roasters

Mudhouse Specialty Coffee Roasters is now open at 375 King St. in downtown Charleston. Warren L. Wise/Staff

Perking up

A Virginia-based coffee shop recently opened its first South Carolina outpost in downtown Charleston. 

Mudhouse Specialty Coffee Roasters can be found at 375 King St. in the 1,300-square-foot space formerly occupied by Spring Rolls Asian Cuisine, just south of Calhoun Street.

It's the first location outside the Charlottesville company's home state and the fifth shop for Lynelle and John Lawrence, who founded the company in 1993 with a cart in a mall.

They now operate three sites in Charlottesville and another in Crozet, Va. A sixth shop in Richmond could open this summer. Another store is planned for Alexandria. 

The King Street site was first announced in 2020. A representative of the company did not immediately respond for comment.

What's cooking?

A new restaurant and market plans to open May 2 in North Charleston.

Hazel and Hank's Gourmet Market will begin welcoming customers at 5117-C Dorchester Road in early May after an open-house celebration 2-5 p.m. April 29.

The new 1,200-square-foot venue by Brandon Close, the owner of Chipper Dog BBQ sauce, is in the former Nana's Seafood site.

It will feature regional made-from-scratch sandwiches such as Chicago Italian beefs, Philly cheesesteaks and pork rolls as well as midwestern tenderloin sandwiches.

The market also will offer local and regional products as well as grab-and-go options. With seating for 12-15, the sandwich cafe will be open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

Now serving

A new chicken restaurant is now serving in Berkeley County.

Bojangles recently opened on U.S. Highway 52 near Foxbank Plantation in southern Moncks Corner.

The restaurant chain is leasing the 2,858-square-foot building from Columbia-based Cypress Development Co., which announced its completion on April 25.

The new eatery includes a drive-thru and seating for up to 20 diners.

“With the growth in Berkeley County and the Highway 52 corridor specifically, we are confident this will be a great restaurant for them," said Mark James, principal of Cypress. 

The restaurant is near a future Dunkin' donut shop, which is about to start construction. Nearby is the newly developed Publix-anchored Moncks Corner Marketplace at Cypress Gardens Road and U.S. 52.

Also, a new burger shop recently opened near Tanger Outlets in North Charleston.

Culver's, which specializes in butterburgers and frozen custard, can be found at 4821 Tanger Outlet Blvd. in the former Steak and Shake site.

The Wisconsin-based chain has two other locations in the Lowcountry, in Ladson and near Summerville.

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