2 new restaurant chains opening in Charleston market

A restaurant chain new to the Charleston area is ready to serve its first ButterBurgers between Goose Creek and Summerville and at least two more locations are planned for the region.

Wisconsin-based Culver’s, which specializes in its signature ButterBurgers and frozen custard, will welcome customers Monday at 1904 N. Main St. on U.S. Highway 17A. The location is just south of Royle Road between the developing mixed-use communities of Nexton and Carnes Crossroads.

A ButterBurger features fresh Midwest-raised beef, never frozen, on a slightly buttered bun.

Franchisee Marilyn Knox , who served as general manager of a Culver’s in Valparaiso, Ind., for eight years, said the 4,000-square-foot restaurant will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week and employ 70 people. She now lives in Summerville.

“Summerville felt the most like the Culvers’ values,” she said of the site choice. “It felt like the perfect place for us.”

She hopes eventually to add two more locations in the Charleston region, but declined to say where except to say she would like to be in Mount Pleasant.

Her business partners area Wendy and John Gates.

Culver’s offers three restaurants in South Carolina: in Fort Mill, Greenville and Greer. The nearest ones to Charleston are two in the Savannah area.

Also opening soon is South Carolina’s second Metro Diner.

The new 3,700-square-foot restaurant at 1808 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. on an outparcel at the Harris Teeter-anchored Westwood Plaza Shopping Center will open in mid-April, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The diner is looking for more than 100 workers.

The diner touts its comfort food favorites as fried chicken and waffles, a meatloaf plate, shrimp and grits, and a pulled pork mac stack, which includes a half pound of barbecue piled over creamy macaroni and cheese and a cheddar cornbread waffle topped with maple butter.


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