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Highly anticipated Charleston restaurant Minero pops up at Johns Island brewery

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Minero burrito. Andrew Cebulka/Provided 

Pop-Up Picks is a recurring series in The Post and Courier’s Food Section that previews an upcoming pop-up breakfast, lunch or dinner and the chefs behind it.

Forthcoming Johns Island restaurant Minero is inviting Charleston residents to celebrate Cinco de Mayo a day late on May 6 at Estuary Beans & Barley on Johns Island.

The evening will be Minero’s second pop-up ahead of its anticipated spring opening down the road from Estuary on Maybank Highway.

The Neighborhood Dining Group closed the popular downtown Charleston restaurant in 2020, later announcing plans to open a new Minero in the 3140 Maybank Highway space where Fred Neuville and his wife Joan served French fare at Fat Hen for 14 years. A restaurant that was originally conceived by celebrity chef Sean Brock in 2014, Minero became known for multiple signature menu items during its tenure on East Bay Street, including its charcoal-grilled wings and cheese-smothered burrito. 

In April, Minero executive chef Shamil Velazquez hosted the restaurant's first pop-up at Low Tide Brewing on Johns Island. According to the Puerto Rican-born chef, who also helms the kitchen at Delaney Oyster House, the event proved Johns Island is ready for Minero.

“We were very amazed as to the line that formed and the amount of support,” Velazquez said, adding that they served 140 double patty smashburgers in less than two hours. “The guests on Johns Island are definitely craving it.”

At Estuary Beans & Barley, Velazquez will serve chicken and vegetable burritos, chips, queso and Minero’s trio of salsas: Arbol (smoky), benne (sweet and spicy) and verde (mild). Like at Low Tide, 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to charity — Johns Island’s Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding will be the beneficiary of this event. Estuary will also donate $1 for every Noche de Mar Mexican lager, Noche-Rita and Smokey Boy beer cocktail sold that evening to the nonprofit, which provides therapeutic horse riding for children and adults with disabilities.

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