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Restaurant News – August 2020

Lowcountry Fresh Market & Café coming to Bluffton

A locally sourced market and café coming to Bluffton promises to offer fresh foods from the closest fields, pastures and waters, all in one store. Lowcountry Fresh Market & Café will be located off Buckwalter Parkway in the new Washington Square development. It hosted a groundbreaking ceremony in July and plans to open in March 2021. The market will sell local food as groceries, prepared foods, take-out, cook-at-home meal kits and will operate as a café for breakfast and lunch. There also will be a demonstration kitchen, where local foods will be featured by local chefs at evening cooking classes. Owners Andy and Cindy Rolfe have partnered with the Gullah Farmers’ Cooperative Association, a collection of Gullah farm families from the Sea Islands, on the project. The couple is helping the co-op construct a processing facility and promises to sell its products at better margins for the farmers, with hopes that increased demand encourages increased farming — improving the economic future of the Gullah Sea Island farm community. The market will be open seven days a week and will employ more than 35 people.


Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte announces changes and improvements

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Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte has installed GPS NPBI technology in all of its air conditioning units to help reduce airborne particles (i.e., dust, pet dander, pollen) while attacking and killing viruses, mold spores and bacteria. The ions steal away hydrogen from the pathogens, leaving them to die, resulting in cleaner and healthier indoor air. The popular restaurant also started taking reservations for all bar seats with hopes they can fulfill demand more efficiently. You can book the bar online (charliesgreenstar.com) or by phone (843-785-9277). Treat yourself to a slice of caramel cake while enjoying your favorite beverage.


50-cent drinks at Lucky Rooster Market Street

Wind down with 50-cent José and Rosé Saturdays all day at Lucky Rooster Market Street. Each Saturday, customers can purchase a margarita or glass of wine for 50 cents (up to $2 per person) with the purchase of a salad or sandwich from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the popular Coligny Plaza restaurant.


Lot 9 brewing co. now open

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Local beer lovers have a new brewery to experience in Bluffton. Lot 9 brewing co. owners Dana Briggs and Walter Trifari are optimistic and excited to open what they call a “test kitchen” for craft beer in the Lowcountry. “Our hope for this brewery is to provide a space for people to come together, get away from life’s worries and drink good beer,” Briggs said. Trifari is lot 9’s brew master and has 23 years of brewing experience along the Eastern Seaboard. “We’re going to be brewing in small batches, so the flavors and styles of beer are always changing and rotating,” Trifari said. “You can always count on our beer being the freshest beer around.” Lot 9 is located at 258 Red Cedar Street, Unit 14, in Bluffton. In addition to craft beer, the brewery is rotating independent food trucks on different days, including Golden Sun Filipino Cuisine on Aug. 6 and Fly Pies Pizza Truck on Aug. 14. Learn more at lot9brew.com.


New chef at Red Fish

Hilton Head Island native Charles Pejeau is the new executive chef at Red Fish. Pejeau attended the Florida Culinary Institute and honed his culinary skills at prestigious restaurants in south Florida, Robert Irvine’s EAT on Hilton Head Island, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, Charbar Co. and Holy Tequila. And now, Pejeau is heralding a new and exciting era for Red Fish by bringing a fresh and well-rounded approach to the menu based on seasonality and Southern cooking traditions and techniques. Learn more at redfishofhiltonhead.com.


Chez Georges Bistro & Bar teases opening menu

A new French bistro and bar with a Lowcountry accent is opening soon at 37 New Orleans Road on Hilton Head Island, where Casey’s Sports Bar used to be. George Casalicchio and Burns Sullivan — the chefs behind Chez Georges Bistro & Bar — are in the process of finalizing the menu and have been sharing their progress on social media. Check out this soufflé (made with Grand Marnier), pan-seared redfish and Berkshire pork chop, served with seared Carolina shrimp. And what bistro meal would be complete without classic French bread to accompany it? Learn more at chezgeorgeshhi.com.


Hot tomatoes at The Market Cafe

You can find a beautiful assortment of tomatoes for sale in The Market Cafe at Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana. They are delivered twice a week from Hot Tomato. These are vine-ripened, never refrigerated and used exclusively at Michael Anthony’s restaurant and The Market Cafe at Michael Anthony’s. Stop in to the Market to check out all the delicious offerings and get your hands on these hot tomatoes.


Divina Fig Spread

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Crafted with Aegean figs, this spread is deeply fruity and complex with notes of caramel and honey. Try it on pizza, sandwiches, whisked into a vinaigrette or baked into pastries, cakes and pies. An ideal cheese pairing, this item has endless sweet and savory applications. Find it in The Market Cafe at Michael Anthony’s Cucina Italiana.


Sable & Rosenfeld Whiskey Tipsy Cherries

These cocktail-ready, long-stemmed colossal cherries are spiked with malt whiskey, and are perfect for the classic Manhattan and the trend-setting vogue martini. Sable & Rosenfeld products are sold locally at Harris Teeter, Fresh Market and The Complete Home (owner Mary O’Neill is also S&R’s VP of sales). Learn more at sableandrosenfeld.com.



Try this!

Double fudge brownie with walnuts

These gluten-free brownies with extra dark chocolate chips are rich, chewy and oh so yummy. Find them at The G-Free Spot. thegfreespot.com

Nutcracker Sweets

Freshly popped corn, whole almonds and mammoth pecans in homemade copper-kettle caramel. Get some at Kilwins Hilton Head. kilwins.com

The Veg Head

This rebellious biscuit is filled with house-made pimento cheese, wild mushrooms, sautéed spinach, grilled jalapeños and local honey. Order one at Bad Biscuit. bad-biscuit.com

Cajun Shrimp Burger

Treat yourself to this spicy shrimp patty covered with Bama white sauce, tomato, lettuce and onions on grilled brioche. Grab one at Sprout Momma Breads. 843-715-2649. sproutmomma.com