BrewingLot 9 Brewing Co. in Bluffton plans to open this summer. The nano-brewery, located on Red Cedar Street, brews in small batches for fresh quality, according to its website. The brewery is looking for food trucks that will park at the establishment on a rotating schedule. For more information call 843- 757-5689 or use Facebook messenger. 

Fat Baby’s Pizza is closing for the summer but plans to re-open. The restaurant said in a Facebook post that it is in a “fortunate” position to be able to close and expects to open after Labor Day. “We're lucky enough to have the resources to take care of our staff while not exposing them to any health-related risks,” the post said. 

Construction continues on the 20,000-square-foot Burnt Church Distillery in Bluffton, which hopes to open in December, according to The Island Packet. It will include a 7,000-square-foot space for tastings and events and a 5,000-square-foot rack house for storing aging whiskey barrels. Co-owner Billy Watterson said there will be a VIP event before the official opening. 

Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar welcomed guest chefs and pitmasters for watch parties during the RBC Heritage presented by Boeing. Charles Russo (Russo’s Fresh Seafood); chef David Carrier (Certified Burgers and Beverage, Ga.); pitmaster Robert Owens (Grand Champion BBQ, Atlanta); and brunch guest chef BJ Dennis (Charleston) were invited to help celebrating the culinary culture of the Lowcountry. Proceeds helped benefit the Literacy Center of Hilton Head Island. “So many of our local charities have been impacted this year and we hope we can help make a difference,” said chef and Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar and Lucky Rooster Market Street owner Clayton Rollison. 

The Pavilions at Plant Riverside District opens to the public this month. The riverfront area offers four new restaurants and scenic views. 

Visitors can meet in the pavilions for live music and riverside scenery. The space has Bellagio-style fountain shows timed with music and lights and a kid-friendly dig area, where fossils can be unburied. One of the new restaurants is a rooftop bar called Electric Moon. Another is Baobab Lounge, which will serve South African fare. 

The SERG Group has been named operator of the food and beverage program at RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing. The SERG Group plans to introduce to the tournament specialty items from its restaurants including Poseidon’s fish tacos, One Hot Mama’s boneless wings, Skull Creek Boathouse’s shrimp and grits and more.

luckyrThe February/March issue of Garden & Gun magazine features Hilton Head Island’s Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar in its “Ultimate Guide to Grits” feature. The guide features tips from chefs across the South, including Lucky Rooster Chef Clayton Rollison’s advice to make grits in the oven. The multiple-page feature highlights kernels of wisdom about one of the South’s fundamental foods. 

oldoysterFor the first time in more than 30 years, the Old Oyster Factory on Hilton Head Island is now open for lunch. A lunch menu is offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day.

Juice HiveThe Cottage Café, Bakery and Tea Room and The Juice Hive won four Good Food Awards from The Good Food Foundation. The Cottage won for its All Hail Caesar and Pickled West Indian Gherkin. The Juice Hive won for its Watermelon Rind Kimchi and Shiso, Sweet Potato and Asian Sour Leaf Kimchi. Good Food Awards honor food that is delicious, respectful of the environment and connected to communities and cultural traditions.

The popular Hilton Head Island barbecue restaurant Smokehouse, which burned down last summer, received approval from the Town of Hilton Head Island Design Review Board to rebuild. Plans that owner Jerry Leonard submitted to the town show a 7,515-square-foot, two-story building with outdoor patios, mixing vintage and modern design elements.