Category Archives: Opening Soon

Opening Soon: Chasing Rabbits Tea Company & Toasty (Downtown Greenville)

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The space vacated by Tealoha a few months ago will be a new locally owned tea shop called Chasing Rabbits Tea Company. They’re are scheduled to open this month.

A little blurb from Greenville Online about them:

Chasing Rabbits takes that idea a step further. The shop, with its 50 varieties of tea, sourced from around the world, will have a focus on health, but the owners also wanted to create a space that made tea, well, kind of cool.

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Two Chefs have moved to the Stone @ Main area and their former location will soon be occupied by a new breakfast/lunch concept called Famous Toastery.

They are a North Carolina-based chain and have Greenville listed as one of the new cities they will coming to in the near future.

Famous Toastery, which was formerly Toast Cafe, started in Charlotte in 2005. The restaurant is known for its higher end, creative, homemade, breakfast, brunch and lunch options. Most everything is made in house, Maynard said, from the salad dressings to the biscuits and gravy. Even the lobster for the Maine Benedict is delivered fresh each day, Maynard said.

Other popular items include the avocado omelet, crepes, and a quinoa and a kale salad.

Plans call for gutting the former Two Chef’s space, and expanding it significantly by at least 1,000 square feet. The restaurant will feature a range of seating and service options from full-service sit down table seating to counter service and outdoor seating and a grab and go area as well. Famous Toastery will also feature a full bar menu. Maynard said.

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Weekly Summary: Blue Ridge Brewery (Greer), Tropical Grille, Moe Joe’s, and More!

 

Couple of newsworthy items so let’s do this!

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Blue Ridge Brewery opened up on Tuesday, June 14 in Downtown Greer.

The long-awaited Blue Ridge Brewing Co. opens in downtown Greer today at 4 p.m.

Bob Hiller, owner of the brewpub 308 Trade Street, said the restaurant received its alcohol permit Friday, trained staff over the weekend and held a soft opening Monday night for loyal customers.

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Moe Joe’s closed abruptly last week. According to this thread it was due to noise complaints and their business license not being renewed.

Facebook page says that their business license wasn’t renewed due to noise complaints.

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Bangkok Thai which has been off Pelham Road for a very long time is closed due to that shopping center being reused as a school or something else. They are moving to Haywood Road.

Bangkok Thai Cuisine closed on May 21st. Forced out by school / landlord. Relocating to Haywood Rd between Conn’s and Redwing. I think that’s the old Kannika’s Thai Kitchen location.

Renovations underway.

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Sounds like Kitchen Sync is getting close to opening now.

My wife and I were invited to a soft opening last night at Kitchen Sync. This is a new, local restaurant on Laurens Road (near Schwaben House). The owners have done a phenomenal job transforming the old Coble Dairy building into a functional space (with an open, spacious kitchen). When possible, reclaimed materials were used for the interior remodel.

This restaurant emphasizes local, fresh, ingredients. Our meals were great and prices seem appropriate for the quality.

Last word: KS offers made-to-order pizzas that are just as good as Sidewall Pizza.

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Another local taco place has opened up on Pelham (in the Publix shopping center).
Tipsy Taco, a new locally owned and operated restaurant here in Greenville will provide the area with an exceptional dining experience. Co-owners Trish Balentine and Roger Carlton, who both have a passion for good food at a great value, are committed to using only the freshest ingredients in all of menu items. Our flavors are bold, creative and distinct, specializing in street tacos, tamales and other Tex-Mex favorites, our made-from-scratch artisan approach is the cornerstone of our flavor profile.
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215 Pelham Road
Suite B206
Greenville, SC 29615
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Tropical Grille announced their Mauldin location as a standalone restaurant. If you’ve not had their food yet then drop everything and go now! Some of the best Cuban food you’ll ever eat.

Tropical Grille has become a hub for mouth-watering Cuban cuisines with its four Upstate locations. Now, the Greenville-based restaurant is opening its first freestanding space in Mauldin.

The 3,000-square-foot restaurant, located at 108 North Main St., will be the largest Tropical Grille to date and will feature outdoor patio seating and a drive thru.

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Opening Soon: The Cheesecake Factory (Greenville)

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Happy Friday everyone! Just to bring the fevered hype to an all new high here are some awesome pictures of…CHEESECAKE! 🙂

The restaurant, the first Cheesecake Factory in South Carolina, will open its doors at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31 at the Haywood Mall, located at 700 Haywood Road.

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Look at some of those cheesecake pictures. Man oh man they look good.

Just a fair warning: There will be a long line and for a long time. The Cheesecake Factory has been one of the most hyped restaurants to come into the Upstate. People are going giddy at the news of them opening a location here.

Let us know how it is!

Weekend News: Oakblue Kitchen (Downtown Greenville), Pet Supplies Plus (Taylors), Guitar Center (Spartanburg), and More!

Happy Friday the 13th! Trust you aren’t too superstitious about this freaky day. 🙂 So let’s jump right into a few news bits that’s hit our inboxes lately:

 

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A brand new restaurant is opening up in Downtown Greenville called Oakblue Kitchen. According to their website it looks like they’ll be serving Korean BBQ and Southern Staples (whatever that means). They will be opening up in the former Bravo location on Main Street.

A Korean BBQ restaurant will be a great boon for downtown. That’s one niche that’s non-existant so far.

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In the Hampton Village shopping center there’s been a few changes. Miniature World of Trains has closed up as well as Wade Hampton Country Buffet. Rumor has it that the Pizza Hut that’s in that center will be opening up a sit down restaurant where the buffet used to be.

Also, the construction has started where the old Sonic used to be for a new Starbucks based on the info that we’ve received.

And finally, a new pet supplies store will be opening up where the Office Depot used to be. Pet Supplies Plus is the name of the store and this will be their first Upstate location (closest one is up in Asheville, NC). You can see where they’ll be located at on this development sheet.

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Speaking of pizza. This new Chicago-style pizza place called Old Chicago is coming to the Upstate. It sounds like it might be a few years out though.

The first of the new locations is scheduled to open in Myrtle Beach late this year, with two other locations planned to open in Greenville and Spartanburg in the next three years.

Old Chicago specializes in handcrafted pizzas and craft beer. The restaurant offers classic pub fare like chicken wings and specialty burgers, as well as a variety of pizzas. The restaurant features traditional Chicago style, as well as thin crust varieties, and 30 craft beers on tap.

The restaurant currently has 100 locations in 24 states

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Here’s hoping they open sooner than 3 years though!

 

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Got a tip from one our readers that QT will be opening yet another location in the Spartanburg area

QT is a great place to be honest. Clean, good food, good gas prices. Glad to see them continuing their expansion and growth in the Upstate.

 

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The Haywood Road area continues to be refreshed and updated. Looks like The Gallery shopping area is getting a parking lot renovation that will be fantastic.

Major appearance changes are planned at The Gallery shopping center on Haywood Road. A New York company, DNA Property Management, plans to develop a courtyard and renovate a side building to accommodate outdoor recreation retailers.

Weinstein said the side building, a former restaurant, is being gutted, and the renovation includes an exterior “elevation plan” to visually enhance the space for retailers such as running stores or bicycle stores. He said city approval is being sought for that project, which will start first.

The courtyard will follow in the area outside of Cici’s, Weinstein said.

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According to sources, one of the new shops going in will be Performance Bicycle

The new Performance Bicycle is going to be in the vacated Grille 33 restaurant space. I saw people working on that building last week.

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Guitar Center opened up yesterday in Spartanburg.

Los Angeles-based music instrument retailer Guitar Center celebrated the grand opening of its Spartanburg store on Thursday.

The company kicked off its fourth store in South Carolina at 1487 W.O. Ezell Blvd. with a live performance by the Charleston-based band Top Jimmy, exclusive savings and gear giveaways.

The store will operate from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

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Whew! That’s about it for this week. Love seeing all this news! Great for the Upstate (the openings, not the closings). Don’t forget that Culver’s is opening up next week in Greer! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

Opening Soon: Chick-Fil-A (Downtown Greenville)

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Yes, you did read that right. A “limited lunch menu” Chick-Fil-A restaurant will be opening in Downtown Greenville sometime this May. Not a ton of info available but from the looks of their Facebook page they’ll be open in the old Windstream/Nuvox building in the former location of Coffee & Crema spot.

If that is the case this would be awesome for Downtown people and great for the business lunch crowd.

You can follow their progress on their Facebook page or their Square page for ordering.

Greenville News has an article detailing more info about the downtown location that posted today.