Monthly Archives: March 2016

Coming Soon: Ink n Ivy (Downtown Greenville)


Finally some news on what is opening in the former Corner Pocket location. It is a new restaurant called Ink n Ivy. UBJ has a writeup on them and some pictures so make sure to check it out.

Hand-painted wall, floor and ceiling murals, tattoo-inspired artwork, unique chandeliers and roll-up doors offering indoor/outdoor seating are just part of Ink N Ivy, a new bar and restaurant concept by restaurant group, The Bottle Cap Group. Ink N Ivy, located in the former Corner Pocket space on Coffee Street, is slated to open the end of May.

The Upstate Business Journal got a “first look” at the space this week, which will include several bar areas, including a rooftop bar, and two floors of restaurant space that will serve “classic American food but with an edgy twist and attention to detail and quality.” The menu will include chef-inspired seafood, steaks and small plate items. “It’s casual enough but also a place to come have a great dinner,” said Britton McCorkle, president & CEO of the Bottle Cap Group.


Their website is up already and you can check out their hours and some more information. This is the same group that opened up Brazwell’s Premium Pub earlier this year as well.

Coming Soon: Diggers BBQ (Greenville, SC)

Got a tip from Kelley –

When 5 Guys on Congaree moved to their new location on Haywood it left their old location beside Fried Green Tomatoes open. There is a sign there that says a Diggers BBQ restaurant is coming soon. Crazy because I think that location USED to be a Diggers BBQ restaurant before 5 Guys moved in.

Now that I think about it there are no BBQ places in the Haywood Mall/Road area. So a Diggers BBQ could be a great fit for that location.

Thanks for the tip Kelley.

Recently Closed (or Closing): Charleston Cooks! (Greenville)


Downtown Greenville is losing the Charleston Cooks store at the end of May. The owners are retiring according to the news they sent out.

The owner of Charleston Cooks, Dick Elliott, has made the decision to retire from business and we are closing our stores. We are grateful to our customers for 11 years of support. It has been a pleasure serving the Charleston and Greenville communities and the visitors of both of these areas. We are especially thankful for all of the employees who have contributed to building this very special brand over the years.

We will continue to host our cooking classes through April. In an effort to serve our customers at the high standard they are accustomed to, we have canceled and refunded deposits for private events beyond April as staffing could become limited. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers.

Customers holding Charleston Cooks gift certificates should redeem them for merchandise in Greenville by Sunday, May 29 and by Tuesday, June 28 in Charleston.

Stay tuned for special sales and promotions as we work to reduce our inventory.

Charleston Cooks Greenville will close on Sunday, May 29 at 6 pm. Charleston Cooks Charleston will close on Tuesday, June 28 at 6 pm


Will be sad to see them go. It’s a unique store that adds some nice character to downtown Greenville. Here’s hoping something new comes on board soon!

Coming Soon: Ruth’s Chris Steak House (Downtown Greenville)


Just saw this announcement today –

Ruth’s Chris Steak House is adding a second location in Greenville, according to the marketing firm Crawford Strategy.

Nisha Patel, with Crawford Strategy, said Ruth’s Chris is hoping to open in August or September.


It will be opening up downtown off the Reedy River in the Riverplace retail/hotel area. Fantastic location and will bring a lot of good foot traffic to that part of Downtown.

Great news for sure!


Recently Closed: Don Pablo’s (Greenville)


Ah, I totally dropped the ball on this closing. Back in February the Don Pablo’s in Greenville closed down. About a week or two ago they had an equipment auction as well. My apologies for not posting anything about the closing here on! I received a lot of tips from readers about the closing but failed to post about it. Thank you for all the submissions and keep them coming!


Don Pablo’s Mexican Kitchen has been a favorite restaurant in Greenville for years, but announced Wednesday that it has closed its doors for good and will auction assets online.

Items will be available on Auction Nation.

“It is sad to see this location close it’s doors since so many local patrons have been coming here for years. This is an amazing opportunity not only for people in the restaurant industry, but for patrons and the general public alike to bid on and purchase the assets from Don Pablo’s Mexican Kitchen,”  Sean Doonan, COO for Auction Nation, said in a statement.

The parent company to Don Pablo’s decided to close the Greenville location. Reasons included a changing restaurant industry and increased competition.