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Last night, my boyfriend and I were among the fortunate “friends and family” invited to the opening celebration for Taco Boy Downtown (located at 217 Huger Street between Meeting and Morrison).

This is the latest venture for dynamic restaurateur duo Karalee Nielsen and Tim Mink of REV Foods, creators of local faves Poe’s Tavern, Raval, Monza, and the first Taco Boy out on Folly.

Having heard so much about the preparations and construction of this green restaurant, I was in sensory overload taking in the design and décor of the massive indoor/outdoor space (you’ll read all about the sustainable features in an upcoming issue of Charleston).

We were seated on the large patio where we saw a jubilant Karalee, who—fresh from a triathlon in Salt Lake City—looked fabulous and thrilled to witness the opening of this space which was 18 months in the making. Congrats Karalee and Tim! I agree with the predictions amongst the crowd that Taco Boy Downtown will be the summer hangout. Margaritas and carnitas tacos, anyone? Yum!

Having Memorial Day off, I attempted to do my first Spoleting of the season—well, actually Piccolo Spoleting. The Charleston Men’s Chorus had a special concert at St. Philip’s today at noon, but it sold out. Lesson learned: get tickets in advance! I do have Spoleto tickets in hand for later this week, including the Punch Brothers, the much-discussed Don John, and Cedar Lake Ballet.

Do let me know what you’ve seen and loved. And be sure to get to Taco Boy Downtown this week. The grand opening is Tuesday.