WISE COLUMN: Three new restaurants planned for Upper King

The peninsula’s Upper King Street district continues to be the go-to place for new businesses. At least three restaurants plan to set up tables just three blocks apart.

ZZ Acquisitions, a subsidiary of The InterTech Group Inc., has applied for a variance with the Charleston Board of Zoning Appeals to open an unnamed restaurant at 492 King, which it bought for $1.5 million in March.

The old building at King and Mary streets is boarded up, and the proposal is making its way through the zoning and architectural review process, said Robert Johnston, executive vice president of The InterTech Group.

The restaurant will be under the Relish Restaurant Group. Johnston said the name and concept have not been determined. It will have 2,533 square feet of inside patron use and 917 square feet of outside use, including a patio, courtyard and second-floor piazza. It also would have a residential unit on the third floor. The variance relates to parking for the building.

A second new restaurant, under a firm called 585 King LLC registered to R. Hamilton Morrison of Charleston, is proposed farther north at 585 King, near Huger’s and across from the proposed Midtown redevelopment project. The unnamed 2,050-square-foot restaurant will have a 600-square-foot rooftop bar. The variance request is to allow a reduced number of parking spaces than what’s required.

The zoning appeals board meets at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday on the third floor of 75 Calhoun St. in Charleston.

Yet another restaurant is planned for 513-515 King St. beside The Belmont. Property records show the owner as JFROne LLC, which is registered to attorney Joseph F. Rice with Motley Rice law firm. JFROne paid $1.65 million for the site at King and Morris streets in March. It’s directly across from The InterTech Group site. Rice called it an upscale restaurant not on the East Coast.

J.C. Penney offered free haircuts for children during August as part of a back-to-school promotion in its shops that have salons.

Now the retailer will make the program permanent, starting Nov. 4 and every Sunday afterward. The move, coinciding with the busy holiday shopping season, is meant to draw customers into the retailer that has suffered two quarters of losses and severe sales drops as shoppers grew confused over its new pricing plan that eliminates hundreds of sales events in favor of everyday pricing.

Michigan-based Jet’s Pizza chain will soon open its first Charleston-area restaurant. Brestin Lark LLC has leased a 1,382-square-foot site at 5325 Park Forest Parkway near Dorchester and Ashley Phosphate roads in North Charleston. Jet’s website says it’s opening soon. One is planned for Savannah as well.

Taunya White, owner of Natural Hideaway Medi-Spa, is relocating her business from 217 Calhoun St. to a second-floor space at John and King streets. White plans to complete the move to 431/2 John St. by Nov. 1. Natural Hideaway specializes in nonsurgical skin rejuvenation offering Botox, fillers, laser treatments and Thermage radio-frequency skin-tightening. Patterson Smith Co. owns the building.

Mount Pleasant has a new style boutique. Maria Schendzelos and Janice Mullin teamed up to create Saint Sampson at 4143 Live Oak Drive near Page’s Okra Grill.

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It offers fine gifts, home accessories, baby and bridal gifts, contemporary jewelry, affordable estate jewelry and estate sterling silver with complimentary gift wrap.

The shop is already open but its grand opening is set for Wednesday.

All merchandise through Sept. 22 is 10 percent off, and customers who spend at least $20 through Sept. 22 will be entered into a drawing for a package valued at $150.

It’s open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.