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RESTAURANT NEWS January 2022

SPORTS BAR OPENS IN LOWCOUNTRY

JVZ BONEZ Americana Bar and Grill opened recently on Fording Island Road in Bluffton. The sports bar (in a 4,500-square-foot space) has more than 25 televisions and indoor and outdoor seating. Watch sports with wings, burgers and pizza. Kitchen open Monday, and Wednesday-Sunday.

BLUFFTON DOUGHNUT SHOP UNDER NEW OWNERSHIP

Alljoy Donut Co. in Bluffton, previously owned by Bill and Donna Ellis, has been purchased by Troy and Kristie Derda. The hours at Heyward Street are the same (7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday to Sunday). The shop has been open since 2017.

WINE PAIRING DINNER TO BENEFIT CHILDREN’S RELIEF FUND

An Evening of Love, a wine-pairing dinner, will celebrate Valentine’s Day and the Children’s Relief Fund Feb. 2 at Venue 1223 on May River Road in Bluffton. Chef Ryan McCarthy will create a multi-course dinner paired with fine wines. The evening will include dining, wine pairings, and a limited live auction.  All proceeds raised by CRF, now in its 30th year, benefit the Lowcountry’s special needs children and their families.  Programs that are supported include Area 8 Special Olympics, Heroes on Horseback, SOAR, Fishing with Friends, Pockets Full of Sunshine and the Island Rec Center. Reservations for the wine dinner are $250 per person and can be made online at thechildrensrelieffund.org. Email seating requests to rfotia333@yahoo.com

MOTHER-DAUGHTER CUPCAKE BAKERY DEBUTS

Cupcakes 2 Cakes, a mother-daughter-owned bakery on Buckwalter Parkway in Bluffton, recently held a grand opening. The shop, run by Linda Ashby and her daughter Erica, create cakes, cupcakes and cookies. Originally home-based, the business has grown.  The options also include cheesecakes, brownie bites and chocolate-covered pretzels.

CHIPOTLE’S, FIVE GUYS OPENING IN 2022

Chipotle’s and Five Guys are set to open at Beaufort Plaza. Both are expected to open in late fall of 2022. Chipotle will be next to Ameris Bank, and Five Guys will be across from McDonald’s. These businesses are expected to be joined by Burkes HomeCentric and Lowcountry Urgent Care.