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April Restaurant News

Fresh food, awards, and new restaurants around the Lowcountry. 

Russo’s Fresh Seafood - BlufftonSeafood production facility expanding to Bluffton

A Savannah family with a 73-year history of offering fresh local seafood is expanding its operation to Bluffton. Russo’s Fresh Seafood is opening a 4,050-square-foot seafood production facility and wholesale market at 246 Red Cedar St. in Bluffton. The fishmonger already provides for many local restaurants, including Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte, ELA’s On the Water, Red Fish, The Pearl Kitchen & Bar and Savory Café. The family hopes to have the facility open by the end of summer. Eventually, they hope to open a retail market at the location.

Corner Perk expanding to new locationsCorner Perk Buckwalter

Fans of the Corner Perk in Old Town Bluffton can look forward to a few new locations soon. The popular coffee shop is opening a new Bluffton store next to Ace Hardware at Buckwalter Place. The shop will seat up to 100 guests inside with outside seating as well. The shop also plans to open a third location on Paris Avenue in Port Royal. That location will seat up to 30 guests inside with outdoor seating as well. Both locations will open this year.

Caramelized Fig Preserve - Michael AnthonysHot product  – Caramelized Fig Preserve

The rich, concentrated flavor of this caramelized fig preserve starts with fruit grown in the arid soil of Calabria, in southern Italy. Its intensified flavor can best be described as smoky, nutty, and sweet all at once. Serve with aged cheeses, roasted and grilled meats. Find it in The Market at Michael Anthony’s

Local restaurants voted among state’s best for shrimp & gritsThe Cottage Café, Bakery & Tea Room - Best Shrimp and Grits

Bluffton restaurant The Cottage Café, Bakery & Tea Room and Hilton Head Island restaurant A Lowcountry Backyard got some national recognition for their shrimp & grits dishes. Both restaurants were voted among the “10 Best Shrimp & Grits” places in the USA Today Readers’ Choice Awards. The Cottage was ranked No. 4 in South Carolina for its bacon pimento shrimp & grits, made with local sautéed shrimp, bacon, onion, garlic and mushrooms, served on a bed of pimento cheese and yellow stone-ground grits. “The dish is all about using fresh, local ingredients, and of course, who doesn’t love bacon?” owner Leslie Rohland said. A Lowcountry Backyard was ranked No. 5 in the state for its shrimp & grits, made with pan-sautéed shrimp, smoked sausage, shaved green onion and applewood bacon cream sauce. Nominees for the awards were selected by a team of relevant experts and voting was open for four weeks.

Aunt Laurie's Heritage Easter SpecialAunt Laurie’s offering Heritage Easter Baskets

The final round of Hilton Head Island’s RBC Heritage golf tournament falls on Easter Sunday this year. To celebrate, Aunt Laurie’s is offering special Heritage and Easter baskets that include handmade cookies, local snacks and other goodies. Customers can also customize baskets, which are handwoven and assembled by individuals with disabilities learning job skills. Find more information online at

New market and café opening in Beaufort

A new organic coffee, smoothies, bakery and cafe is opening in downtown Beaufort. Herban Market and Café will open at the former site of Koth’s Grocery, at the intersection of North and Bladen streets. The market will sell many grocery items, including produce, eggs, honey and fresh herbs. The market and cafe hopes to open in early May. 

May River Coffee Roasters expands CBD-infused coffee lineMay River Coffee Roasters expands CBD-infused coffee line

May River Coffee Roasters, the Bluffton-based micro-roastery, has launched a new line of CBD-infused coffees. Each contains 350 mg of CBD, a natural therapy used for pain relief and dozens of different ailments. The new line is infused with a full spectrum CBD extract derived from North Carolina hemp, and is a twist on the popular line of May River coffees. The first CBD Coffees launched are both regular roast (Columbia Regular/Columbia Decaf) and a flavored CBD Coffee (Praline Punch Regular/Praline Punch Decaf). The coffees can be purchased at The Juice Hive and the Cottage Café, Bakery & Tea Room in Bluffton.