SOUTHERN SPICE

Southern Spice Deli and Catered Events celebrated its grand opening in June, complete with sandwiches, shrimp and grits, and other Southern delicacies. The restaurant is located on Mead Road in Hardeeville and offers catering for parties, business luncheons and weddings of all sizes.

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The Cracked Egg, a popular breakfast spot, opened its third location in Ridgeland in June. The new location offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus alcoholic beverages like breakfast martinis, tequila sunrises and bottomless mimosas. The restaurant is located in the former Palms Motel, with sister locations in Ridgeland and Port Royal.

Bee Town Mead & Cidery, South Carolina’s first meadery, opened for business in June in Old Town Bluffton, offering tastings and meads for sale. A meadery is a winery that produces honey wines called mead, which are considered the world’s oldest fermented beverage. For more information about Bee Town Mead & Cidery, go to beetownmeadandcider.com.

Mixx on Main, an American and Latin American restaurant, recently opened at the former location of Tio's Latin American Kitchen and features appetizers, salads, soups, burgers, nachos, tacos, sandwiches, wings, entrees, and desserts. Beer and wine are served at lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. The eatery will convert into an employee-owned enterprise in the near future.

Flux Nourishment, a Savannah-based operation offering a whole-food, plant-based meal service, now has a kitchen in Riverwalk in Okatie to serve clients in Beaufort County. The meal service is built around providing locally sourced that is 90 percent organic, contains no preservatives and is packaged in sustainable, 100 percent biodegradable packages. The meals also have no gluten, no peanuts and no refined sugar. For more information, go to www.fluxnourishment.org.

Olive & Fig Mediterranean Kitchen is open for business, featuring a variety of Mediterranean options like lamb, beef and chicken kabobs. The restaurant is located in the former NEO location at Moss Creek. Executive chef Munjid Yousif has more than 24 years of experience in the food industry. Olive & Fig also features a professional mixologist for specialty drinks on weekends.

Hilton Head Distillery plans to open a separate room in the facility called The Bridge, which will offer private experiences for customers interested in learning about the art of distilling. A specific opening date has not been announced, but construction began in June and is expected to last nine months. The distillery will be unable to give public tours during construction, but the tasting room will be open during regular hours.

The GT International Cafe has opened in Plantation Center, next to Santa Fe Café on Hilton Head Island. The restaurant's menu ranges from American to Italian, Cuban, Colombian and Mexican dishes. The Cuban sandwich is one of the most popular items, and features pork marinated for 24 hours and Cuban bread shipped in from Florida.

Beloved Coffee Roasters is Beaufort’s newest spot to grab a fresh cup of homemade coffee. Owners Doug and Beatrice Reynolds are Bluffton residents and opened the shop in April. Beloved Coffee Roasters features a variety of fresh-roasted choices, including lattes, cappuccinos and pour-overs.

Red Fish Bluffton has closed for the summer, joining a growing list of businesses that have closed or reduced hours due to a labor shortage. Employees of Red Fish Bluffton have been moved to the Hilton Head Island Red Fish location and the Old Oyster Factory restaurant. The Bluffton location of Red Fish announced its closure in a Facebook post and plans to reopen in the fall.