Restaurant News

Lot 9 Brewing Co. hosted its grand opening last month. The Bluffton nanobrewery, owned by Dana Briggs and Walter Trifari, hopes to provide a space for “people to come together, get away from life’s worries, and drink good beer,” Briggs said.

Florida Georgia Spirits distillery and Odd Birds Savannah bar plans to open in downtown Savannah this fall. The distillery will produce vodka, gin, and Caribbean rums and next door the Odd Birds Savannah will offer “interactive guest experiences,” according to a news release.

Links, an American Grill opened at Harbour Town Clubhouse with indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant serves breakfast, brunch, and lunch, including entrees such as eggs benedict, sandwiches, and salads, and offers an award-winning wine list.

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster announced an executive order intended to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. The order mandates restaurants and bars stop the sale of alcohol at 11 p.m. The order went into effect July 11. The order does not apply to alcohol sold at convenience or grocery stores, wine and liquor stores, or retail business.

ELA'S On the Water is offering Sunday brunch every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located at Shelter Cove Harbour. Reservations recommended.

The Pavilions at Plant Riverside District opens to the public this month. The riverfront area offers four new restaurants and scenic views. 

Visitors can meet in the pavilions for live music and riverside scenery. The space has Bellagio-style fountain shows timed with music and lights and a kid-friendly dig area, where fossils can be unburied. One of the new restaurants is a rooftop bar called Electric Moon. Another is Baobab Lounge, which will serve South African fare.

Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar welcomed guest chefs and pitmasters for watch parties during the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing. Charles Russo (Russo’s Fresh Seafood); chef David Carrier (Certified Burgers and Beverage, Ga.); pitmaster Robert Owens (Grand Champion BBQ, Atlanta); and brunch guest chef BJ Dennis (Charleston) were invited to help celebrating the culinary culture of the Lowcountry. Proceeds helped benefit the Literacy Center of Hilton Head Island. “So many of our local charities have been impacted this year and we hope we can help make a difference,” said chef and Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar and Lucky Rooster Market Street owner Clayton Rollison. 

Construction continues on the 20,000-square-foot Burnt Church Distillery in Bluffton, which hopes to open in December, according to The Island Packet. It will include a 7,000-square-foot space for tastings and events and a 5,000-square-foot rack house for storing aging whiskey barrels. Co-owner Billy Watterson said there will be a VIP event before the official opening. 

Fat Baby’s Pizza is closing for the summer but plans to re-open. The restaurant said in a Facebook post that it is in a “fortunate” position to be able to close and expects to open after Labor Day. “We're lucky enough to have the resources to take care of our staff while not exposing them to any health-related risks,” the post said.