Restaurant News

Breakfast and lunch franchise First Watch opened a restaurant in the Grayco Center in Bluffton last month, near Hobby Lobby. The same menu is served from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every day. Breakfast items include avocado toast but also traditional favorites such as bacon, eggs and grits. Fresh-squeezed juices are also offered. This is the restaurant's first location in South Carolina. The nearest First Watch is in Jacksonville, Fla. 

Kroger on Hilton Head will now allow patrons to sip beer and wine while they shop for groceries. The store has opened a small bar with a selection of beer and wine that customers can purchase during their visits. The bar will be located between the grocery store’s deli and the Starbucks. Kroger plans to work with local breweries and wineries to stock the bar with Lowcountry beverages.

Mullets, a food truck that features ocean-to-table seafood dishes, will open behind Barnacle Bill’s Fresh Seafood Market on Hilton Head Island. The grab-andgo food truck received approval from the Town of Hilton Head Island’s Design Review Board in January. Greg Berkes, the owner of Barnacle Bill’s, created the food truck to serve islanders searching for a fast, fresh-caught seafood dining experience. The food truck is expected to hit the road in the spring.

Celebrity chef Sean Brock has debuted his newest Savannah restaurant spot, Husk. Husk is an Appalachian- and Lowcountry-inspired culinary experience that began in Charleston in 2010. Brock won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southeast in 2010 and is a four-time finalist for Outstanding Chef. He has competed on “Iron Chef America” and his cookbook “Heritage” is a New York Times best-seller. Husk’s menu will change daily and the restaurant is open seven nights a week. For more information, call 912-349-2600.

The Beard House Restaurant in Greenwich Village is hosting an event to showcase the culinary arts scene of Hilton Head Island, sponsored by the James Beard Foundation The “Hilton Head Surf and Sand” event will feature Andrew Carmines of Hudson’s Seafood House On the Docks, Clayton Rollison of Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, Chris Carge of Poseidon, Brandon Carter of FARM, Tim Nelson of Beach House and Nick Unangst of SERG Restaurant Group. “Hilton Head Surf and Sand” will be held Feb. 7 and tickets are $175 each. For more information, call 212-627-2308.

A red-and-white striped craft beer can that features the Harbour Town Lighthouse is now being sold exclusively at Sea Pines Resort. River Dog Brewery’s Lighthouse Blonde  is a light and crisp ale made specifically for the resort. It’s on draft at all Sea Pines Resort restaurants and can be purchased in six-packs at Harbour Town Golf Links and Plantation Golf Club. 

MidiCi Pizza will open in the spring at the old Hilton Head Brewing Company location in Reilley’s Plaza. The restaurant will serve authentic and traditional Neapolitan cuisine with natural, fresh ingredients. Acclaimed Italian restauranteurs Peppe Miele and Mario Vollera created the menu and Los Angeles architect Sam Marshall designed the 3,000-square-foot restaurant. For more information, go to www.myMidiCi.com

The Cracked Egg will be Ridgeland’s latest breakfast spot, taking over the former Joe Loves Lobster Rolls location at 2915 Okatie Highway. The Cracked Egg’s first location opened in Port Royal in April and a third location is in the works for Beaufort. The menu will include simple breakfast, lunch and dinner items. The Cracked Egg will be open from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. 

Nonna Rosa, an Italian restaurant in Okatie, has opened a second location in Bluffton. The new restaurant serves Italian dishes with a modern twist. Chef Mariona Carannante of Naples, Italy, attended culinary school in Rome and trained throughout Italy and Europe. Carannante’s brother Peppe Gialone is a co-owner and chef. The Bluffton location opens every day at 4 p.m. for dinner at 5 Godfrey Place. 

Paul Rabe of Bluffton, who serves up specialty cocktails at The Lucky Rooster Kitchen & Bar on Hilton Head Island and Calhoun Street Tavern in Bluffton, won the grand prize for the second year in a row at the Savannah Food & Wine Festival bartender challenge in December. His two winning concoctions were Darjeeling 1888 Punch, which won the bourbon category and can be sampled at The Lucky Rooster, and Farrier’s Reward, which won in the tequila category and is available at Calhoun Street Tavern in Old Town Bluffton.