Montage Palmetto Bluff has a new restaurant: Octagon Porch, a new dining experience for locals and hotel guests. Located inside the inn, the menu features seasonally inspired Southern cuisine made from local ingredients. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served by chef Anthony Guiliano, with wines selected by award-winning sommelier Jesse Rodriguez.
With a new focus on Southern beers, Up the Creek Pub & Grill on Hilton Head Island is embracing the Lowcountry’s heritage. “We are thrilled to support the entrepreneurial Southern spirit with these refreshing brews," says general manager Jason Greninger. Now on the menu: Hilton Head Distillery’s Tropical Lager and Crab Pilsner, plus Southern Barrell Brewing Co.’s Damn Yankee IPA and Kick Back Black Lager. Other beers hail from Greenville, Charleston, and Ashville.
The Cottage Café, Bakery & Tea Room in Old Town Bluffton recently changed its menu to include more fresh and local ingredients. Owner Leslie Rohland has added 15 new dishes to the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. In addition to incorporating more fresh and local seafood, dishes will also feature seasonal local produce.
HHI Hospitality plans to open The Whiskey Room this summer in Park Plaza next to one of the group’s other restaurants, Charbar Co. A secret door will connect Charbar and The Whiskey Room, which will feature a retro, vintage atmosphere and live entertainment.
Hilton Head Brewing Company is undergoing renovation to add a beer garden and expanded patio. The current roof will be expanded to overhang the patio and will allow up to 35 people to sit outside. Construction is expected to complete by the end of the month. The new dog-friendly patio will feature heat lamps and space for small group party reservations.
Healthy Habit restaurant, which was recently purchased by HHI Hospitality, will open a second location in Park Plaza. The hospitality group is also exploring adding kiosks around the island stocked with healthy meals from the restaurant. Renovations to the existing restaurant on Mathews Drive to add more seating and additional menu options will happen during the off season. Healthy Habit offers grab-and-go meals, build-your-own salads and a juice bar.
Stoner’s Pizza Joint on Pope Avenue will now be called Super Baked Pizza after owner Heidi Phillips decided to leave the franchise group. The Hilton HeadIsland location is now independently owned by Phillips and her husband. Much of the menu will remain the same, but there will be a few changes to some of the salads and sandwiches.
Silver Dew Winery of Daufuskie Island was the first registered winery in the state before closing in 1956 when owner Papy Burn retired. More than six decades later — and a little delay thanks to Hurricane Irma — Silver Dew has reopened. Daufuskie’s rich soil, which includes a mix of sand and salt, gives the wine a distinct flavor, though visitors will have to wait a little longer to sample it: Currently, the winery is producing bottles of wine using pressed and frozen Oregon grapes. Owner Wick Scurry expects to harvest the first Daufuskie-grown grapes next year.
Sandbar at Marker 72 is the new beach bar for Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island and Shipyard Plantation. The new bar features creative beachfront drinks, cold beer and a casual lunch menu. There will be live music from noon to 3 p.m. daily during summer.
Bucci’s at Shelter Cove has reopened as Bucci and Murray’s Pub on the Water. The new menu reflects classic Italian dishes, pizzas and homemade meatballs, in addition to typical pub fare like Reubens and burgers. The newly renovated restaurant will feature live entertainment, happy hour seven days a week, and indoor and outdoor bars. A 28-foot bar has been added inside to expand the room for happy hour, as well as a stage for live entertainment.