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RESTAURANT NEWS December 2021

restnewsBLUFFTON-BASED COFFEE ROASTER LAUNCHES LOWCOUNTRY-THEMED ROASTS 

May River Coffee Roasters has launched three Lowcountry-themed coffee roasts: Lowcountry Blonde, Pluff Mud and Bluffton State of Mind. They “honor something special about Bluffton and the Lowcountry,” a news release said. For more information, visit mayrivercoffeeroasters.com. 

WATTERSON BRANDS TO ASSIST LOWCOUNTRY RESIDENTS IN NEED 

Watterson Brands is addressing food insecurity and access this holiday season through its portfolio of local businesses: Burnt Church Distillery and Pizza Co., in Bluffton; Side Hustle Beer Company, on Hilton Head; and Benjamin’s Southern Fried Pies mobile food truck. 

The program, Watterson Means Good, will provide the community the opportunity to give to those in need through Dec. 31. Non-perishable food will be collected. All proceeds will benefit clients of Our Lady’s Pantry at the Mercy Mission in Hardeeville and are distributed by the Bible Missionary Baptist Church service program, God’s Heart of Bluffton. Some of the most needed items are rice, boxed mashed potatoes, canned corn, canned green beans, candied yams, dinner rolls, Kraft macaroni and cheese, gravy, stuffing mix, “Jiffy” corn mix, cake mix, icing, cranberry sauce, and aluminum pans. 

For more information, visit the Watterson Brands Facebook page. 

DEMOLITION OF SHELTER COVE MARINA RESTAURANT 

Demolition of the former Kingfisher Restaurant building at 18 Harborside Lane in the Shelter Cove Marina began last month. The Town of Hilton Head purchased the 1.5-acre tract of property in September 2020 for the purpose of removing the existing structure to enhance open space and provide greater pathway connectivity. Future uses of the property may involve parking improvements or other opportunities that are consistent with the Town’s comprehensive plan. Work was expected to be finished by the end of November. 

restnews22022 HILTON HEAD ISLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL WILL CELEBRATE 15 YEARS 

Tickets for the 15th annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival are on sale. The weeklong experience offers a mix of top chefs, sommeliers, mixologists, local seafood, artisans, musicians. The festival is set for Feb. 21-27, which includes a move to Shelter Cove Harbour for the main event. Since the inception in 2004 of the David M. Carmines Memorial Foundation, which hosts the event, more than $850,000 has been donated to local area charities. For more information, visit HiltonHeadSeafoodFestival.com. 

SOUTH CAROLINA CITIES AMONG TOP ‘FOODIE’ SPOTS 

South Carolina is represented on Wallethub’s list of the Best Foodie Cities in America. Charleston was ranked 24th and Columbia is No. 91. To determine the best and cheapest local foodie scenes, WalletHub compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across 29 key metrics. The data set ranges from affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants to food festivals per capita to craft breweries and wineries per capita, a news release said. Portland, Oregon is at the top of the list.