MARIA’S MEXICAN KITCHEN CELEBRATES GRAND OPENINGrestavrnews

Maria’s Mexican Kitchen in Beaufort opened in November. The locally owned-and-operated restaurant serves a variety of authentic Mexican dishes as well as Tex-Mex plates. Maria’s Mexican Kitchen was inspired by all of the Marias in the owner’s personal life. 

NANOBREWERY HOSTS RE-OPENING

Bluffton-based Lot 9 Brewing Co. hosted its grand re-opening and ribbon cutting in early November. The brewery closed for a few weeks to update its brewing system. The new system will have the capability to brew more beer, a news release said. 

“After opening in July, we could quickly see that Bluffton really loves beer,” said co-owner Dana Briggs. 

LONGTIME HARDEEVILLE FAVORITE CLOSES AFTER 30 YEARS

Gwen & Franny’s Fried Chicken, a local Hardeeville favorite for 30 years, recently closed its doors. Consistently ranked as one of the state’s best spots for fried chicken – including in 2017 when it was named the state’s best place for fried chicken by Best Things South Carolina – Gwen & Franny’s was run by Frances Jenkins when it opened in 1991; then her daughter Gwen Mervin and granddaughter Franny took over in 2008.

craftGASTROPUB OPENS IN BLUFFTON

Craft Kitchen recently opened in Bluffton. The gastropub offers beer, wine, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and desserts. It is open five days a week, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday.