Downtown Charleston will see a new restaurant by mid-December. The Grocery, a creation of former REV Foods executive chef Kevin Johnson, will open at 4 Cannon St. in the former Altman's Furniture Co. site.

The 4,200-square-foot restaurant, whose menu will include seasonal cuisine with Mediterranean and Southern influences, will have seating for 100 in the dining room and another 20 at the bar. A private dining area can seat 22.

Dinner will be served starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and weekend brunch will be offered.

Johnson began his career in Charleston at Slightly North of Broad while attending the culinary institute Johnson & Wales University. After graduation in 1996 he returned home to northern Virginia and worked for three years at The Inn at Little Washington.

In 2003 he returned to Charleston as executive chef at Anson Restaurant for seven years. Most recently he was with REV Foods, which operates Taco Boy, Closed for Business, Poe's Tavern and Monza, and has been a culinary instructor at Trident Technical College.

Tying the knot

St. Barts Yachts and Charleston Yacht Sales have merged to strengthen their presence in the Southeast. They will operate under the St. Barts Yachts brand, with headquarters at 3 Lockwood Dr. in Charleston, and locations in Oriental, N.C., and Orange Park, Fla.

Charleston Yacht Sales started in 1965 and Peter Dodds bought it in 1979. He will remain with the company. Chuck Laughlin founded St. Barts Yachts in 1987 in North Myrtle Beach before opening the head office in Charleston in 1996.

He called the merger "a no brainer," adding, "Working together will be more advantageous than competing against one another."

New hook

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The Charleston Angler's embroidery and screen printing arm is now called Embroidery Boutique by The Charleston Angler in South Windermere Shopping Center in West Ashley. The new store at 70-A Folly Rd. will celebrate its grand opening Friday and Saturday with buy-one, get-one free monogramming and other promotions.

Hats off

Vintage Hair Studio recently opened at 717 Trolley Rd. in Summerville. To celebrate, the salon will hold a grand opening event from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and offer refreshments, music, giveaways and mini massages.

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