Question: After flooding from king tides in 2015 and then Hurricane Matthew damage in 2016, do you feel your restaurant has some good karma coming its way in 2017? 

Answer: We have a lot to look forward to in the future. The challenges brought by Hurricane Mathew made us appreciate what we have and gave us a renewed commitment to making it as good as it can be. That being said, I don’t want to do that again for a little while.

To celebrate the new year, Rockfish Seafood & Steaks at Bomboras is offering a new happy hour menu. Highlights include 50 cent oysters, 40 cent peel-and-eat shrimp, snow crab legs for $15.95 a pound, $2 select domestic drafts and 1/2 off select appetizers.

Blackbeard and his crew on the Queen Anne’s Revenge’s looted cotton, indigo and sugar, but when not busy pirating, they indulged in consuming barrels of rum from Caribbean sugarcane plantations. Thanks to these unofficial “rum ambassadors,” the distilled spirit’s popularity caught on with Colonial North America, and centuries later it is now made right here at Hilton Head Distillery.

 Clayton RollisonHilton Head Island chef Clayton Rollison, who owns Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, was recently interviewed by NBC News for an online article titled “Buh-Bye, Hipster: Why the Friendly Bartender is Making a Comeback.” Rollison shared his views on customer service, craft cocktails and more.

Charlie GraingersHilton Head Island hot dog and barbecue restaurant Charlie Graingers plans to reopen in March. The Southern hot dog franchise opened in September at Shelter Cove Towne Centre. The restaurant closed following Hurricane Matthew and decided to remained closed for the rest of the winter. The grand reopening date is Monday, March 6.  

Palmetto SweetsAfter more than 20 years as one of Hilton Head Island’s most popular caterers, Lori Craven Catering has branched out to offer a new product line of gourmet treats called Palmetto Sweets. The handcrafted honey pecan squares are made with local honey and pecans, sweet cream, butter, brown sugar and molasses to create a rich and creamy indulgence atop a rich and tender shortbread unlike anything you've ever tasted.

Grind CoffeeGrind Coffee Roasters is a new coffee roasting company that specializes in wholesale coffee sales for restaurants, offices, hotels and rentals. The company offers individual coffee sales and coffee subscription packages, as well as equipment for sale or lease and equipment repair and consultation.

mexicanbarA new Mexican restaurant, El Nuevo Vallarta Mexican Bar & Grill, has opened in the building that formerly housed Montana’s Grizzly Bar and Tavern 46 at 16 Kitties Landing Road in Bluffton. The extensive menu at El Nuevo Vallarta includes breakfast plates, classic Mexican dishes like sopes, pollo en mole, carne asada and tamales, along with an entire section dedicated to oyster entrees.

farmOne of Old Town Bluffton’s most popular new restaurants is now open for lunch. FARM is offering a lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Diners choose their meat (brisket, turkey wings or shrimp), their portion size (4, 6 or 8 ounces) and then three sides (toast, butter beans, cauliflower, collard greens, Brussels sprouts, rice or pudding). Salads and hand-fried pies are also available. 

sergSkull CreekThe SERG Restaurant Group is opening a new restaurant at 2 Hudson Road, the former home of Chart House restaurant. The waterfront restaurant will be named Skull Creek Dockside Restaurant and is expected to open in early summer. Plans for the new restaurant include a shared space with neighboring SERG restaurant Skull Creek Boathouse that will be used for more family entertainment and special events such as oyster roasts.