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Restaurant News – March 2021

Nunzio expands its Flight Night

After initiating Flight Night in January and seeing it be such a big hit, Nunzio has decided to include Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays in addition to Mondays. Each month, there are five different wines from some of California’s and Italy’s top wineries that you can enjoy in the bar or dining room.

Gourmet popcorn store comes to Hilton Head

The Hilton Head Island House of Jerky has expanded to include The Hilton Head Island House of Popcorn. The new store offers over 75 flavors of freshly bagged gourmet popcorn, and free samples are always available. It’s located in Coligny Plaza on the corner between Piggly Wiggly and Stu’s Subs.

One Hot Mama’s brings back lunch cards

The lunch card rewards system is back at One Hot Mama’s, with the addition of Two for Tuesdays — a double punch when you come grab some lunch. After nine punches, your 10th lunch is on them.

SERG rolls out paid vacation plan

Hilton Head’s largest restaurant group, which employs about 1,200 people and operates more than a dozen restaurants, introduced a new policy that allows workers, including part-time staff, to accrue paid leave as they work. Hourly employees who have worked for SERG for at least one year will now earn one hour of paid vacation time for every 40 hours worked.

A Lowcountry Backyard renovated

After finishing renovations, A Lowcountry Backyard is back open. While the restaurant was closed from January 1 to February 4, owners Dave and Raina Peck made improvements on both the inside and the outside. The outdoor dining area, where tables are properly spaced for social distancing, has been resurfaced with pavers.

Local restaurants win Good Food awards

For the fourth consecutive year, local Bluffton chef and restaurant owner Leslie Rohland has been recognized with multiple prestigious Good Food Awards for new recipes available at her two local restaurants. The national Good Food Awards honor the people throughout the country who make food that is delicious, respectful of the environment, and connected to communities and cultural traditions. Out of this year’s 1,928 entries in 17 categories, 336 food and drink crafters were selected as finalists, resulting in 219 winners. The Cottage won awards for its Cherry Bomb Jam and Green Tea Watermelon Rind Pickle. The Juice Hive won awards for its Black Garlic Kimchi, Amaranth Greens Kimchi and Zephyr Zucchini Pickle. 

New drinks at Holy Tequila

Taco Tuesdays just got a bit more chill at Holy Tequila. Try its new Strawberry Frosé, made with Rioja rosé, Svedka citrus vodka, fresh lemon juice and strawberry purée. Or try the new Sweet Heat Margarita, made with fresh pineapple, ginger root mix, fresh lime, agave, jalapeno, and finished with a Tajin chili lime rim.

Salty Dog hosting shamrock hunt and breakfast

A little leprechaun has scattered clues, prizes and treats all around South Beach for Salty Dog Cafe’s South Beach Shamrock Hunt & St. Paddy’s Breakfast from 8 to11 a.m. on March 13. The event promises fun for the whole family. Enjoy a shamrock-themed breakfast on the waterfront before or after you tackle the hunt.

Palmetto Dunes hires new director of food & beverage

Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort on Hilton Head Island has hired industry veteran Justin Rowland as its new director of food and beverage. Rowland will oversee all elements of dining and catering at Palmetto Dunes, including Alexander’s Restaurant & Wine Bar, all three restaurants located at the resort’s trio of golf courses, the oceanfront Dunes House, and the resort’s new food truck. Rowland arrives at Palmetto Dunes with nearly two decades of experience in the food, beverage and hospitality industries, including nine years at Montage Palmetto Bluff in ​Bluffton, where he served as director of restaurants and helped elevate the resort to a ​5-star Forbes. He also worked at Grand Wailea Resort in Wailea, Hawaii, and The St. Regis in ​Atlanta. 

March Food Holidays

Mar. 1: Peanut Butter Lovers’ Day

Mar. 2: Banana Cream Pie Day

Mar. 3: Moscow Mule Day

Mar. 4: Poundcake Day

Mar. 5: Cheese Doodle Day

Mar. 6: Oreo Day

Mar. 7: Cereal Day

Mar. 8: Peanut Cluster Day

Mar. 9: Crab Day

Mar. 10: Ranch Dressing Day

Mar. 11: “Eat Your Noodles” Day

Mar. 12: Milky Way Day

Mar. 13: Chicken Noodle Soup Day

Mar. 14: Potato Chip Day

Mar. 15: Peanut Lovers’ Day 

Mar. 16: Artichoke Heart Day

Mar. 17: Irish Food Day

Mar. 18: Sloppy Joe Day

Mar. 19: Oatmeal Cookie Day

Mar. 20: Ravioli Day

Mar. 21: Crunchy Taco Day

Mar. 22: World Water Day

Mar. 23: Chips and Dip Day

Mar. 24: Chocolate Covered Raisins Day

Mar. 25: International Waffle Day

Mar. 26: Nougat Day

Mar. 27: World Whisky Day

Mar. 28: Black Forest Cake Day

Mar. 29: Chiffon Cake Day

Mar. 30: Hot Chicken Day

Mar. 31: Oysters on the Half Shell Day