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Old Oyster Factory has joined the Coastal Restaurant and Bars (CRAB) family of restaurants. The Old Oyster Factory is celebrating its 30th anniversary. It was built on the site of an original oyster cannery by Ric Peterson, who has owned and operated it since its inception. Coastal Restaurants and Bars is locally owned and operated for over 40 years. Old Oyster Factory will be their tenth establishment. 

Pizza Co. is now open in Main Street Village. Pizza Co. specializes in customized pizzas made with fresh ingredients and a plethora of sauces, cheeses, meats, veggies and other toppings. The restaurant will also feature three signature chopped salads and a build-your-own salad bar. 

Nonna Lucia, owned by Julio and Michelle Licona, has re-opened at 5 Godfrey Place near the traffic circle of S.C. 46 and Bluffton Parkway. Nonna Lucia is the winner of several locals’ choice awards including Best All Around Restaurant, Best New Restaurant, and Best Italian Restaurant. To make reservations call 843-707-4281 or go to www.blufftonnonnalucia.com

Hudson’s Seafood House on the Docks has opened a newly extended dock on Hilton Head Island’s Skull Creek. A total of 225 feet is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis and docking is free for patrons of the restaurant. The remaining 75 feet serve as a port for charter vessels, Awesome Adventure charters, Bulldog fishing charters and Catmandoo fishing charters. Hudson’s is open for lunch from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and for dinner from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. 

Gaslight Group, a collection of Savannah-based restaurants and bars, has recently opened The 5 Spot restaurant in Downtown Savannah. The 5 Spot on Broughton will be Gaslight’s second location for the casual neighborhood kitchen and bar brand. The original 5 Spot is located in Savannah’s Habersham Village. The menu will feature favorites like Chicken Bacon Gouda Wrap, Fried Pickles, Meatloaf, Shrimp and Grits, and more. 

CHEF BRANDON CARTER OF FARM NAMED AS A 2019 SOUTH CAROLINA CHEF AMBASSADOR

Chef Brandon Carter of Bluffton’s FARM has been selected as the Lowcountry representative in the prestigious 2019 South Carolina Chef Ambassador Program. Each year, chefs from across the state are nominated to serve as culinary ambassadors; five were selected this year by Gov. Henry McMaster in honor of the program’s fifth year.

“At the end of the day, I think it just boils down to a lot of hard work from a lot of people who see the value in making something that’s special for our community,” Carter said of his success — and of FARM’s. The restaurant opened in October 2016 and has earned a reputation as one of the finest dining spots in the South.

Islanders don’t have to travel far to immerse themselves in Italian culture, delectable food and wine, Old World accents, personable service and a warm ambiance with creative homey touches throughout.

Gusto Ristorante creates a memorable dining experience nightly at the Fresh Market Plaza on U.S. 278. Gusto also offers a special Sunday brunch and nightly specials that also can be enjoyed al fresco on the patio.

Orchid PaulmeierA Hilton Head Island barbecue favorite has opened a new location in Bluffton. One Hot Mama’s opened late last month in a 4,300 -square-foot corner space adjacent to the Cinemark Bluffton move theater. The restaurant, known for its slow-cooked barbecue, is part of the Southeast Entertainment Restaurant Group (SERG) and is managed by award-winning chef Orchid Paulmeier.

Clayton RollinsClayton Rollins, the executive chef at The Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, was recently featured on a Food Network episode of “Guy’s Grocery Games.” The cooking competition show featured Rollins’ creating a specialty dish for viewers.

A new Beaufort restaurant near USCB Beaufort is opening this month. Sand Shark Tank is in Newcastle Square off of Boundary Street. The space at 1211 Newcastle St. was previously occupied by Herban Marketplace.The cafe will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as coffee, owner Zack Manley said. A new apartment complex on the adjacent block caters to students, and more units are planned nearby.