(Editor's note: Some restaurants and bars are temporarily closed, and some offer only take out, during the current coronavirus restrictions. Please call the establishment for more information.)
Business is the heartbeat of life in the Lowcountry. Here's the latest in openings, expansions, renovations, relocations, mergers, planned projects, closings and grand openings.
• University of South Carolina-Beaufort, Hilton Head Island campus. The university announced in February its plan to build an events center costing from $35 to $55 million. It would host commencements, trade shows and athletic events, and provide space for classrooms and research labs. Construction funding would be provided by the state and Beaufort County, according to initial reports. If funding is approved, construction could begin next year with a completion in 2024.
Southern Tide, Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, Hilton Head. This Greenville-based boutique owned by Palmetto Dunes now sells apparel, shoes and accessories for everyone.
Sebastion's Steak & Seafood, 12 Sheridan Park Circle, Bluffton. The reincarnation of Sigler's Rotisserie and Seafood offers the same menu as its predecessor with some new Italian additions like cordon bleu and creative pastas. The new management, which bought the restaurant last summer, has been together for decades and promises to maintain the high-quality food and service its loyal following has enjoyed for decades.
Grand openings and ribbon cuttings:
Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation & Burial Service, 17 Sherington Drive, Suite D, Bluffton, Feb. 13. This company, founded in 2012 with two other South Carolina locations, handles all arrangements from the time of death to funeral services, burial or cremation. It is open 24 hours every day of the year.
Latitude Margaritaville Hilton Head, 356 Latitude Blvd., Hardeeville, March 7. Latitude Town Center hosted a grand opening with live music, food, games and home tours. Minto Communities, the Florida-based developer of the Jimmy Buffett-themed 55-and-better active adult community, recently opened a fitness center, swimming pools, tennis and pickleball courts, a restaurant and a bar that offers poolside refreshments and dining. Additionally, a full-sized concert stage has been built, along with a dancing area and installation of a projection screen.
Taste of Europe, 435 William Hilton Pkwy., Unit O (Northridge Plaza), Hilton Head, Feb. 16. This small Hungarian eatery serves up a load of homeland comfort foods like chicken paprikash and gulyas (goulash), along with lentil and cauliflower soups, pork chops, pork roast and beef tips. In the rear of the building is Richie's Cave, which serves bar food and the restaurant's full menu. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner.
Freedom Boat Club, 1 Waterway Lane (Palmetto Bay Marina), Hilton Head, March 5. Founded in 1989, this organization is the oldest and largest boat club in the nation and was formed to enhance the boating experience for participants of all skill levels. This franchise boasts 40,000 members and more than 200 locations in 31 states, Canada and Europe. There are a variety of private membership options.
Slapfish, 1024 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head, March 6. This fast, casual seafood franchise offers starters, originals like fish tacos and burritos, entrees, lobster rolls, sandwiches, salads, soups, sides and bowls.
Chicken Salad Chick, 20 Discovery Place (off Buckwalter Parkway), Bluffton, March 10. This Alabama-based eatery offers a dozen flavors of chicken, in a salad with a scoop or as a sandwich. Soups, sides and vegetarian items also are available.
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