The GT International Cafe has opened in Plantation Center, next to Santa Fe Café on Hilton Head Island. The restaurant's menu ranges from American to Italian, Cuban, Colombian and Mexican dishes. The Cuban sandwich is one of the most popular items, and features pork marinated for 24 hours and Cuban bread shipped in from Florida.

Beloved Coffee Roasters is Beaufort’s newest spot to grab a fresh cup of homemade coffee. Owners Doug and Beatrice Reynolds are Bluffton residents and opened the shop in April. Beloved Coffee Roasters features a variety of fresh-roasted choices, including lattes, cappuccinos and pour-overs.

Red Fish Bluffton has closed for the summer, joining a growing list of businesses that have closed or reduced hours due to a labor shortage. Employees of Red Fish Bluffton have been moved to the Hilton Head Island Red Fish location and the Old Oyster Factory restaurant. The Bluffton location of Red Fish announced its closure in a Facebook post and plans to reopen in the fall.

Hudson’s Seafood House On the Docks is now partnering with South Carolina Aquarium’s Good Catch. Restaurants that partner with Good Catch have committed to serve local, sustainable seafood from the Southeast region of the United States. Hudson’s is currently the only Good Catch Platinum Partner restaurant in Beaufort County.

FARM AND BLUFFTON SELF HELP COOK UP DELICIOUS PARTNERSHIP

Less than two years after opening, FARM Bluffton has established itself as a hub for progressive, sophisticated yet straightforward food. The fresh herbs and much of the produce come directly from the restaurant’s nearby garden at Williamson Lowcountry Farms — there’s no 18-wheeler pulling up to deliver jet-lagged veggies from another hemisphere. “In season only” is FARM’s mantra; that means no strawberries in December, but there will be loquats in May.

At last count, Beaufort County had more than 20 places where those who love ice cream, gelato, sorbet, soft-serve or fro-yo could get their fix of creamy goodness. While frozen yogurt sold by the ounce is the newest addition to Hilton Head Island and Bluffton, other options abound to satisfy cravings for something cold and sweet on a hot summer day.

dunkinA Dunkin’ Donuts is coming to Okatie near the Burger King on S.C. 170. The coffee and doughnut shop also serves breakfast sandwiches and specialty drinks. Construction has not started on the new store and an opening date has not been announced.

REACQUAINT YOURSELF WITH SOME OF THE LOWCOUNTRY’S MOST COLOSSAL CREATIONS OF MEAT, CHEESE AND IMAGINATION.

Make no mistake, the once humble hamburger has been elevated in the Lowcountry. The formerly quite basic American staple has been deconstructed, parsed, analyzed, and, in the minds of some culinary experts, perfected.

localpieHilton Head and Bluffton pizza restaurant Local Pie has launched a program to identify and honor local heroes in the Lowcountry community. Brian Rose was the June Hometown Hero. He serves the community through the F3 Lowcountry Foundation. F3 stands for fitness, fellowship and faith, and the organization provides free workout groups for men who are involved in the community while raising money for other local charities.

aldiAldi, the discount grocery chain based in Germany, will be coming to the new shopping center on U.S. 278 at Burnt Church Road. The Fresh Market was rumored to have leased the space, but Beaufort County Design Review Board has confirmed that Aldi will be the anchor tenant of the new shopping center. An opening date for the new Aldi has not been announced. Other stores in the shopping center are Hobby Lobby, PGA Superstore, First Watch and Aspen Dental.