Sermet's Southernterranean Cuisine-Bar will open on James Island Aug. 1

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James Island's new Sermet's Southernterranean Cuisine-Bar (1622 Highland Ave.) will unlock its doors on Aug. 1. Owner Sermet Aslan, known for his original namesake restaurant on King and second location, Sermet's Courtyard on Daniel Island, purchased the former Heart Woodfire Kitchen back in March. Now, with his signature Mediterranean spin, Aslan says he's ready for business.

But don't expect to see some huge new sign out in front of the restaurant. "I'm not gonna put a name on the restaurant. We're just using the logo of an orange penguin. If you see a big ass orange penguin, that's us," says Aslan.

The restaurant, as the name suggests, will tie in the flavors of the Mediterranean and Aslan's native Turkey with Southern influences. "We're doing sweet potato fries with ancho chili ketchup and Moroccan spice to give it a Northern Mediterranean twist." 

Sermet's Southernterranean Cuisine-Bar opens Mon. Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. with Sunday brunch expected to start soon in the following weeks. 
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