SERG Restaurant Group recently released a conceptual image of the new Skull Creek Dockside restaurant. Construction on the building, which used to be Chart House, has begun. The building will feature a large patio space and an expanded second level that will be used for private events. The restaurant will share open space with neighboring SERG restaurant Skull Creek Boathouse for oyster roasts and family entertainment. Chart House closed after Hurricane Matthew. Skull Creek Dockside has targeted a summer opening.
Jim Lisenby, a Hilton Head Island man famous for his tropical frozen fruit concoctions, is back in business. Lisenby has teamed up with Dave Peck, owner of A Lowcountry Backyard restaurant, to reopen Pool Bar Jim’s at the beach bar behind The Sea Crest Resort on North First Beach. Lisenby served his frozen drinks at the Marriott Grande Ocean Resort for many years, but his arrangement with the resort ended last year. The new bar is open seven days a week and offers a Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 843-816-4648.
After years of renting the kitchen from Piggly Wiggly in Coligny Plaza, Sprout Momma has found a new home on Hilton Head Island. The popular bakery will be located at 21 Cardinal Road, Suite 105, off Beach City Road. Over the next month, the bakery will be waiting on permits, knocking down walls, installing equipment and getting the building ready to open. Like always, the bakery will specialize in made-to-order breads and pastries with a focus on wholesale customers. One new addition will be grab-and-go lunches. The bakery will also appear at farmers markets in Bluffton, Port Royal, Columbia and Savannah.
The Salty Dog Cafe is hosing its Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 15. The annual event is one of the largest free egg hunts in the Southeast. Thousands of eggs will be hidden around South Beach Marina for kids ages 12 and younger to find and trade in for fun prizes. The Salty Dog Luau will follow from 4 to 8 p.m. Other events this month include the Salty Dog Heritage Cruise on April 13-15 and the Salty Dog Burger Bonanza on April 29. For more information, call 843-671-2233.
Enjoy delicious food in a fun atmosphere along with your family and friends while supporting your organization. It's as easy as choosing your Tuesday date, letting your fellow members and supporters know about it and showing up. Street Meet The American Tavern will donate 10 percent of food sales from 5 to 8 p.m., dine in or carry out. The next scheduled Spirit Night is April 25 to benefit St. Francis Catholic School. For more information, call 843-290-1147.
C'est Bon, meaning "it's good” in French, opened in March at The Shops at Sea Pines Center. The cafe specializes in gelato, espresso, fresh-baked pastries and nitro cold brew. The interior is open and bright with a European feel that includes stainless steel cases and a parquet tile floor. It’s a good destination for sweet treats. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 843-671-2200.
A new doughnut shop has opened at the Fresh Market Shoppes on Hilton Head Island. Duck Donuts offers made-to-order vanilla cake donuts, fried in a soy-based shortening for a healthier product. Each donut contains approximately 210 calories. Customers start with a coating, pick a topping and then choose a drizzle. Find more information at www.duckdonuts.com.
Movies and documentaries about food are where real character development takes root. Try “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” about an 85-year-old sushi master who runs a world-class restaurant in a subway station, or “For Grace,” about the challenges one man faces on his way to becoming one of the most lauded American chefs. “Big Night” is about a dinner party to top all dinner parties, starring the inimitable Stanley Tucci; “Babette’s Feast” is a slow-moving and intense look at life in a stoic setting (if you don’t speak Danish, read the subtitles).
Bluffton resident and River Ridge Academy student Aiden McCarthy, 12, competed in the Feb. 21 episode of Food Network's "Chopped Junior." Aiden was one of 14,000 kids who applied to be on the show, which was taped in October. Culinary skills run in Aiden's family — he’s the son of Leah and Ryan McCarthy, owners of the Downtown Deli, a food truck and catering company, and Aiden learned to cook in those kitchens.
Fans of Mikki’s All American Cuisine in Port Royal (the town, not the plantation) will be happy to learn the restaurant has moved to Hilton Head Island, opening at 70 Marshland Road in the former Phoenix Bistro location. The restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and sometimes dinner. It focuses on homemade cooking, specialty sandwiches and colorful salads.
A new gastropub named The Original 46 Gastropub is opening soon in Bluffton. The restaurant is located at 68 Bluffton Road, where Napoli Bistro Pizzeria and Wine Bar was located. The Original 46 will specialize in high-end cocktails, pub food and craft beer. It hopes to open this spring. The man behind the restaurant is John Kelm, who operates Jameson’s Char House in Sun City. His partner, Dustin Ricker, will serve as chef. Plans include an area for live music, a “future” bar with a 14-foot library ladder and 20 taps.
Salty Dog Cafe is hosting the Salty Dog Shamrock Hunt at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11. Children ages 12 and younger will search for shamrocks hidden around South Beach Village Marina that are redeemable for T-shirts and fun prizes. Live entertainment will be provided by Beth Green, “The Music Lady.” Free hugs will also be given from Jake the Salty Dog.