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Restaurant News – April 2021

Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar set to reopen

Chef David Landrigan joins team; new ownership looks to build on past success

Popular upscale hot spot Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar will reopen this month according to the new owners, Leffew Restaurant Group. Guests will be welcomed back with the same chef-forward focus on fresh local ingredients and regional favorites with the addition of executive chef David Landrigan, formerly of Circa 1875 and La Scala Ristorante in Savannah. “We’re excited to welcome diners back to Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar,” said operating partner David Leffew, who brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience to the venture. “Chef Clayton Rollison created a really special experience here, and we’re looking forward to building on what he started.” The restaurant will be open seven days a week, offering brunch and lunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner from 4-9:30 p.m. There will also be daily happy hours and live music on the patio.

Poco Loco Party returns to Holy Tequila

Every Friday from 10 p.m.-2 a.m, party with DJ Mar at Holy Tequila. Enjoy $4 Lunazul Primero shots, $3 Estrella Jalisco bottles, $5 Lunazul margaritas and $2 tacos.

Ramen restaurant opens in Coligny 

Alex Vitto, owner of Al’s Aloha Kitchen on the South End of Hilton Head Island, has opened a new restaurant in Coligny Plaza under Big Bamboo. The restaurant, called NOOD, is an Asian-island fusion that specializes in customizable ramen noodle bowls. The menu also includes teriyaki skewers and dumplings. 

Salty Dog Ice Cream is back

The Salty Dog Ice Cream Shop now open for the 2021 season. The window opens at 11 a.m, just in time for a post-breakfast treat. 

Lulu Kitchen opens mid-island

Scott Hastings, award-winning chef from the Hamptons of Long Island, has opened LULU Kitchen restaurant with his wife Jennifer. LULU Kitchen is in the Fresh Market shopping center off of U.S. 278 on Hilton Head Island. Their goal is to provide a unique dining experience unlike any other on the island. Hastings catered to prominent celebrities and professional sports athletes for many years while in the Hamptons. His focus is on exquisite cuisine made of the freshest ingredients, in an eclectic setting. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday with a brunch being served on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They are closed on Mondays.

Cassandra’s Kitchen opens in Bluffton

A one-stop-shop for everything Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa, has opened on Red Cedar Street in Bluffton. Cassandra’s Kitchen specializes in simple, no-fuss kitchen tools, cookware and bakeware.

New restaurants and a tea shop targeted for Port Royal Plaza

OKKO owner Wei Zhu hopes to expand his restaurant group (KJA) in Port Royal Plaza by opening two national franchises and a local cajun seafood restaurant in the old Bi-Lo building, next to Planet Fitness. JINYA, a franchise that specializes in ramen noodle dishes; Kung Fu Tea, America’s largest made-to-order bubble tea brand; and Angry Crab Cajun seafood, a cajun-inspired style restaurant, are set to open this upcoming fall, pending town approval.

April Food Holidays 

April 1: Sourdough Bread Day

April 2: Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

April 3: Chocolate Mousse Day

April 4: International Carrot Day

April 5: Caramel Day

April 6: International Carbonara Day

April 7: Beer Day

April 8: Empanada Day

April 9: Chinese Almond Cookie Day

April 10: Cinnamon Crescent Day

April 11: Cheese Fondue Day

April 12: Grilled Cheese Day

April 13: Peach Cobbler Day

April 14: Pecan Day

April 15: Glazed Ham Day

April 16: Eggs Benedict Day

April 17: Cheese Ball Day

April 18: Animal Crackers Day

April 19: Rice Ball Day

April 20: Pineapple Upside-down Cake Day

April 21: Chocolate-covered Cashews Day

April 22: Jelly Bean Day

April 23: Cherry Cheesecake Day

April 24: Pigs-in-a-blanket Day

April 25: Zucchini Bread Day

April 26: Pretzel Day

April 27: Prime Rib Day

April 28: Blueberry Pie Day

April 29: Shrimp Scampi Day

April 30: Oatmeal Cookie Day