Area Focus: NoMo
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We’re exploring the areas of Charleston that are growing, changing and evolving the most. Last week, we covered one part of the Upper Peninsula, and this week we’re talking all about this area’s other hot neighborhood – North Morrison.
- The Rundown: Whether you call it North Morrison, NoMo, Half Mile North or something else entirely, there is no denying this regentrifying area of town is making a name for itself. The areas of the Upper Peninsula meld into one another, but we define NoMo as the area that lies between Morrison Drive and Meeting Street, bounded by Huger Street to the south and Greenleaf Road to the north.
- Why We Love It: We love when forgotten parts of our town come to life, and NoMo has transformed, swapping dilapidated warehouses for a trendy mix of restaurants, homes and creative businesses. The vibe is laid back and mellow and draws a mix of tourists and residents enjoying the food scene.
- Significant Developments: The restaurant scene is the backbone of the neighborhood’s revitalization, but the area has quickly become an attractive place to live, work and play. Several creative companies have set up shop nearby and residents locals looking to live downtown but outside of the highly-trafficked and touristy streets further south have invested in transforming the area’s historic homes. Developers have concentrated their efforts and dollars on hip commercial space and multi-family housing projects.
- On the Horizon: As the city continues to grow at a record-pace, developers work to keep up with the housing demand in the form of multi-family housing projects. Several projects are either planned or already in the works including:
- A 10-story, 370-unit apartment development called Morrison Yard is proposed for the former State Ports Authority property at 838 Morrison Drive.
- A 275-unit complex at 107 Brigade St. just of North Morrison Drive called Foundry Point.
- A 231-unit complex on another parcel of 107 Brigade St.
- Restaurant Recommendations: Do not visit NoMo without enjoying some BBQ. The best part is that no matter which outpost you choose, you can’t go wrong. Home Team BBQ is a crowd-pleaser, Lewis BBQ is ideal for foodies and Rodney Scott’s Wholehog BBQ offers traditional southern fare in a casual atmosphere. Looking for something a bit more refined? We like Edmund’s Oast for delectable small plates and cocktails. Butcher & Bee is your best bet for brunch and Goat.Sheep.Cow. North is a quaint café and wine bar. Also worth a look are neighborhood pioneers – Taco Boy and The Royal American.
- What To Do: Other than eating, we recommend drinking in NoMo. Sample local brews at one of the neighborhood’s several breweries – Munkle Brewing Co., Cooper River Brewing Company and Revelry Brewing Co., which has an awesome rooftop for summer imbibing.
- Best Spot for a Drink: We’re suckers for a good dive bar and The Tattooed Moose is a Charleston staple. They also serve some of the best bar food in town.
- Favorite Spot: Home Team’s outdoor patio – during football season – Game Changer in hand.