• Restaurant Seating Capacity. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster has lifted the state’s 50% seating capacity at restaurants to allow full inside occupancy. Mask guidelines still apply in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island establishments.
• Mitchellville Freedom Park, Beach City Road, Hilton Head. Beaufort County has allocated $575,000 to help redevelop the historic site where enslaved workers established the nation’s first community of self-governing slaves in 1862. The property is owned by the Town of Hilton Head Island, but the county co-owns with the town acreage across the street from the park. The $22.8 million renovation project will include many amenities to enrich the Gullah heritage and educate the public.
• Old Town Dispensary, Carson Cottages, Calhoun Street, Bluffton. The two unoccupied structures next to Old Town Dispensary have been demolished. What was to be a raw bar eatery and a fine dining establishment have crumbled, and those spaces will be turned into a parking lot. The properties became entangled in lawsuits between partners and construction delays.
Openings, re-openings, ribbon cuttings and closings:
• Craft Kitchen, 7 Johnston Way, Bluffton. This new gastropub, which offers craft beer, wine, appetizers, salads and sandwiches, recently opened where Andes Rotisserie previously operated. It features 48 beers in bottles and 12 beers on tap. It is open Wednesday through Sunday.
• Plantation Cafe and Deli, 20 Discovery Drive, Suite 100, Bluffton. This popular restaurant has opened its third location to add to its two locations on Hilton Head. Customers coming for breakfast or lunch can expect the same menu the cafe serves at its other locations. Breakfast specials are served daily on weekdays with special brunch offerings on the weekends.
• Gr8 Bites, 1407 Main St., Hilton Head. The new owners, Greg and Beth Elmquist, did a fresh makeover of the place that was formerly Munchies. All of their breakfast, lunch and dinner items are made fresh on-site. A full menu of breakfast options is available, and throughout the day sandwiches, soups and salads, chili, chicken pot pie, veggie options, paninis and desserts are offered. Open Monday through Saturday.
• Sunset Slush of Hilton Head, 104 Buckwalter Pkwy., Suite 1D, Bluffton, Oct. 1. Like desserts? This new establishment at Berkeley Place near the Cinemark theater has begun serving Italian ices and other goodies. Thirty-two flavors and a variety of swirl mixes are available seven days a week. Customers can order sample cups, small and medium cups, pints and quarts. They pride their product on great flavors and smooth textures. The national franchise began in 2003 in North Carolina as a pushcart operation.
• Vineyard Bluffton, 25 Cassidy Drive, Bluffton. Delayed since spring because of the pandemic, the doors of this senior community opened Sept. 15. The residence features 64 assisted living and 32 memory care units. Advanced technology, wellness amenities, several dining areas and large living spaces are hallmarks of this facility.
“The residents of Bluffton and their families will now have access to the latest in personalized living and care for seniors,” said Kevin Suite, president and chief operating officer of Valeo Senior, parent company of the community.
• lot 9 brewing co. will host its grand re-opening and ribbon cutting on from 3 to 9 p.m. Nov. 5. The local brewery closed for a few weeks to update its brewing system. Their new system will have the capability to brew more beer than the previous. Owners Dana Briggs and Walter Trifari are excited to be able to continue growing the love of beer in the Lowcountry.
“After opening in July, we could quickly see that Bluffton really loves beer,” said Briggs. As lot 9’s brewmaster, Trifari is eager to bring more styles for people to taste.
The brewery will continue to take precautions amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These will include face masks, limited bar seating, socially distanced tables and limited capacity.
To learn more about lot 9 brewing co., visit lot9brew.com.
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