Restaurant News

Thai Smile Cuisine has opened in the Bridge Center in Bluffton. The restaurant features authentic Thai cuisine including curries. While most dishes are spicy, the menu also includes a variety of mild items. Thai Smile Cuisine is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Friday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Nunzio Patruno, a popular New Jersey chef, is opening a new Italian restaurant on Hilton Head Island in the site of the former Reebok CrossFit Gym on New Orleans Road. The building currently is being renovated and the restaurant expects to open in March. Patruno has owned Nunzio Ristorante Rustico in New Jersey since 2003. His new restaurant will feature lighter fare like homemade pastas and seafood. The space will include a 1,300-square-foot kitchen, a large bar area, two outdoor areas and seating for up to 175 people.

Another Broken Egg, an upscale breakfast and lunch restaurant, is opening a new location in the Sea Turtle Market Place on Hilton Head Island. The new cafe will feature fresh, Southern-inspired breakfast, brunch and lunch items such as Lemon Blueberry Goat Cheese Pancakes, Crab Cakes & Fried Green Tomatoes and Chicken & Waffles. Another Broken Egg is one of the fastest-growing daytime-only concepts in the country, with more than 60 locations in 12 states. The Hilton Head restaurant will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

NEW GERMAN RESTAURANT A RETURN TO BROTHERS’ ROOTS

Brothers Alfred and Volker Kettering might have pursued different careers — Alfred is the seasoned chef and owner of Alfred’s, a popular Hilton Head Island restaurant, while Volker worked for a German corporation — but they have restaurants in their DNA. Their grandparents had a sizeable brauhaus, German for “brewery,” before the brothers were born, and their parents also ran a restaurant in their hometown of Kaiserslautern, Germany, from 1954 to 1960.

Chef Farid Ahmed has been promoted to executive chef for Sea Pines Resort. Before his promotion, Ahmed was chef de cuisine for the resort’s Links, an American Grill. In his new role, he continues to be responsible for culinary offerings at Links, plus the Inn & Club at Harbour Town, all in-room dining, Harbour Town Bakery & Cafe, and Sundeck Cafe. He graduated with honors from Le Cordon Bleu College in Atlanta in 2007 and  worked as chef de cuisine for 10 years at Pinehurst Resort before joining The Sea Pines Resort culinary team.

Demonstrating its commitment to the waterways that supply its seafood, Coligny Plaza’s FISH Coastal Casual Seafood recently announced a donation of $1,800 to The Outside Foundation. The aim of The Outside Foundation is twofold: to educate area youth on the importance of a healthy ecosystem and to actively preserve that ecosystem through oyster shell recycling and beach cleanup efforts.

Hilton Head Brewing Company plans to expand its patio to include more room for guests and their dogs. The outdoor area seats up to 35 people and will be open year-round. In addition to live music on the patio, the brewery will also include outdoor televisions.

Avocado Bleu is Bluffton’s newest restaurant for breakfast and lunch options featuring fresh ingredients. The restaurant also features smoothies, baked goods and grab-and-go meals that can be keto, paleo or vegan-friendly. Owner Teresa Brandow works directly with local farmers to ensure all ingredients are fresh and in-season. Avocado Bleu is located on Bluffton Road in Kittie’s Crossing.

L’Woods restaurant is now open in the former location of Casey’s Sports Bar. The menu will feature classic food items from Buffalo, New York — chicken wing soup, pizza logs and “weck sandwiches.” Owners Lee Woods and Lee Woods Jr. formerly owned L’Woods on Pope Avenue in 2011; this new restaurant will feature the same concept. L’Woods is open at 3 p.m. daily.

The Bluffton Brau Haus is a new German restaurant expected to open in September. The restaurant will be located in the former Original 46 Gastropub space on Bluffton Road. Bluffton Brau Haus is owned and operated by brothers Alfred and Volker Kettering, who were both raised in Germany and whose parents operated a restaurant. Bluffton Brau Haus will open for dinner at 4 p.m. daily.