New Kids On The Block

At a little over 10 miles long, at most a half-mile wide and surrounded by deep blue water, the daisy-chained communities of Sullivan's and Isle of Palms have limited scope for growth. Meaning when a new business does open it’s quite an event. In case you missed any, Kathryn Casey has rounded up the establishments that opened their doors on the barrier islands in 2014.


Middle Street, Sullivan’s, opened March

Voted best Sullivan’s Island restaurant in 2015, this Italian-infused eatery is full of local flavor both in the ingredients and the name, which is a reference to a Revolutionary War-era political cartoon that mocked the stubborn defenders of Charleston.


 Middle Street, Sullivan’s, opened March

Offering 20 different homemade gelato flavors daily, Beardcat’s is a great spot for cooling off after some tennis in Stith Park or a morning bronzing on the beach.


Middle Street, Sullivan’s, re-opened February

Renamed in 2013, SALT went through another transformation this year and now boasts an open-air bar and patio area for casual diners, as well as an upscale restaurant indoors with a new raw bar.


 Island Center, IOP, opened June

 Get your deep dish fix right on IOP now that this national pizza chain has made its home on the island. While some may scoff, those with hungry, dripping wet children heading back from the beach will rejoice in the convenience and carbs on offer.


 Island Center, IOP, opened May

 After almost two years without a fully stocked grocery store, IOP welcomed Harris Teeter with open arms. Stop in for beach supplies, lunch deals and lots of local produce.


Island Center, IOP, opened May

The islands’ sole Asian offering, Bushido started dishing up sushi, Japanese tempura, pot stickers, tataki and hibachi last spring.


 Island Center, IOP, opened November

Stop in for organic, gluten-free and kosher yogurt options, made from scratch daily with local fruits.


Front Beach, IOP, opened August

 This classic beach shack bar introduced shabby chic to the Front Beach scene. Featuring alligator bites and delicacies Elvis would enjoy, the bar also boasts a large selection of local craft beers.


Carolina Blvd., IOP, opened April

This little deli, tucked away in a tiny blue house, is perfect for grabbing a gourmet sandwich or King of Pops popsicle before hitting the beach.