Restaurant closures, openings, moves, and staff changes

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Mex 1 Coastal Cantina is opening a second location on Sullivan's Island - JONATHAN BONCEK
  • Jonathan Boncek
  • Mex 1 Coastal Cantina is opening a second location on Sullivan's Island
Spring is here and with it a whole host of restaurant shake-ups. Here's what's happening.

Chef Brannon Florie's The Granary is moving. According to Post & Courier's Warren Wise, the restaurant, currently located in Belle Hall Shopping Center, will move to a new development being built where Fonduely Yours used to sit at 835 Coleman Blvd.

Mex 1 Coastal Cantina announced last week that it's opening a second location on Sullivan's Island. The West Ashley restaurant will open its sister property in the former SALT at Station 22 (2205 Middle St.). Partners Dave and Chrissy Lorenz and Roddy Smith hope to have their Baja-style menu available there this summer.

Back downtown, Spring Street will see some changes too. Bull Street Gourmet is closing up its second location in the Elan Midtown Building on Spring Street. P&C's Hanna Raskin reports that the reasoning for the shutter is due to a lack of full kitchen. 

Meanwhile, next door, plans are more optimistic for King of Pops first brick-and-mortar. The popsicle business is opening Crooked Crown: A barely regal pop bar. The business will sell popsicles by day and be a bar at night. According to Eater, co-owner Andy McCarthy is hiring employees now

Notable staff changes this month include two moves. RJ Dye has left the Lot. We most recently interviewed him for a Dish story on Root Baking Co. Now Dye is off to take over the forthcoming Dewberry Hotel (334 Meeting St.). Andy McLeod, who helped open Indaco, has taken over as head chef at The Lot.

And finally, Xan McLaughlin, who is operating partner of The Park Cafe, is adding operating partner of Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen to his resume. 

“I plan on bringing my style of service and passion for Asian food to Lee Lee’s Hot Kitchen, said McLaughlin. “Chef Cali is doing great things there and I look forward to building on the momentum.”

McLaughlin will serve double duty at the two restaurants though you might not see him at Park Cafe for a bit as he gets going at Lee Lee's. 

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