The Bluffton Taco Bell will reopen in November after undergoing renovations. Meanwhile, construction is underway on a new Taco Bell location in Hardeeville; that construction is also expected to be completed in November. The Hardeeville location will feature the company’s modern explorer design, including warm gray tones, wood veneers and an open-kitchen concept.
CHARLIE’S L’ETOILE VERTE IS COOKING UP SOME CHANGES AS IT LOOKS TO THE NEXT GENERATION
When Charlie Golson opened the current Charlie’s L’Etoile Verte 17 years ago, Hilton Head Island was a much different place — especially for a restaurant. With fewer restau-rants around him, the Green Star had less competition for the attention and affections of area diners.
Golson won people over quickly with his signa-ture seafood creations — dishes that masterfully tread the line between French high cuisine and approachable Lowcountry flavor. And for 17 years, even as Charlie has stepped away from the business, that same culinary brilliance has kept his restaurant top of mind among the island’s foodies.
Chicken Salad Chick is opening a store in front of the Kroger on Buckwalter Parkway. The Chicken Salad Chick menu features multiple styles of chicken salad, as well as soups and other sandwiches. Currently, the closest location is in Pooler.
Executive chef Eric Sayers from The Cypress of Hilton Head Island was among five national finalists selected to compete in the inaugural LCS “Chef of The Year 2019” competition in August. Chefs were given three baskets containing mystery ingredients that they had to transform into three delectable courses. Sayers, the former executive chef at CQ’s Restaurant in Harbour Town, was the runner-up, scoring just one point less than the winner.
The long-awaited reopening of Starbucks at Sea Turtle Marketplace is scheduled for late November. The new store will replace the Starbucks that burned down due to an electrical issue in January 2018. There is an additional Starbucks store slated to open in early 2020 at Okatie Crossing in the Sun City area.
Baja-style tacos have arrived in Lowcountry: Sean Fatzinger opened the state’s first Fuzzy’s Taco Shop franchise in Hardeeville in October. It’s the first 24-hour restaurant in the chain; the taco shop is located at exit 8 on Interstate 95. Fatzinger is originally from Texas, where the brand was created, and currently is the director of food service operations at Enmarket Convenience Stores.
The new business at 1230 May River Road is a beer-tasting room, informal restaurant, retail shop and art gallery. Wine, gourmet chocolates, and other specialty foods are for sale. Owner Mark Weisner, who also owns Bear Foot Sports event management company, envisions Bluffton Trading Post as a community gathering place.
GOOD TIMES FOR ALL SEASONS
When summer ends, the good times keep going at The Salty Dog Cafe on South Sea Pines Drive on Hilton Head Island.
For example, the restaurant is kicking off the fall season with a crab boil and live music on the deck — a lively celebration of cooler weather and a perfect fit for The Salty Dog’s laid-back, casual atmosphere. Lowcountry boils, chili and wing cook offs and live music evenings also are planned, as is a craft beer and burger festival, where guests can enjoy favorite brews from River Dog Brewing Co. and a seasonal draft.
DAUFUSKIE FESTIVAL PUTS GULLAH CULTURE FRONT AND CENTER
The flavors of Daufuskie Island will be on full display in October during a celebration of Gullah cuisine and culture.
Vibes & Tides, to be held Oct. 18-20 and sponsored by Haig Point, will benefit the Haig Point Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on preserving the island’s green spaces, encouraging community enhancements, and promoting Daufuskie’s historical significance.
New Japanese restaurant and sushi bar Wasabi has opened in Bluffton’s Buckwalter Place near Subway. Owner and chef LingXian Chen operated a restaurant in Bridge Center near the bridges to Hilton Head Island for three years, starting in 2013. The restaurant focuses on sushi, sashimi, bento boxes, hibachi options, and Japanese curry. Wasabi is open every day for lunch and dinner.