Marek Belka is a busy man. Designing a newly constructed space for The French Bakery, setting up a new kitchen, hiring additional staff and managing all the important details of opening a restaurant are keeping him well occupied. 

“I would not sleep until I found just the right lighting for the space,” Belka said. “My customers requested the look of French country. Because it is a much larger space than our former location, it is more challenging to make it cozy. I am proud to say my customers are my family. A group of my customers came by throughout our move to tell me what works and what doesn't. They gave us so much support when we came in three years ago, so we built this location based on their advice and suggestions.”

Kim and John Boyce have been dishing up some of Hilton Head Island’s favorite pizza for years. As the owners of the island’s Mellow Mushroom restaurant, they’ve seen — and served — it all. 

“We’ve got lots of stories about our original location across the Park Plaza parking lot, now the expanded Harris Teeter supermarket — I could write a book,” Kim Boyce said. “It seems like it was just yesterday that we opened, and now we’re celebrating our 13th anniversary. It has been our employees who have sustained us. We still have several people on our staff who started within the first year and gave us stability. Institutional knowledge cannot be replaced, what our service expectations are, and how to take care of customers– there’s a trust there.”

Celebrity chef Curtis Stone recently filmed on Hilton Head and Daufuskie islands for a Food Network show called “Beach Eats.” Stone filmed at the Black Marlin, Skull Creek Boathouse and Marshside Mama’s. The owners of the restaurants say they were pleasantly surprised when they got the call from the show’s producers and had a great time filming with Stone.

Business Insider partnered with Foursquare to create a list of the best ice cream shops in every state. For South Carolina, Hilton Head Ice Cream received the honor.

The article stated, “Hilton Head Ice Cream was the first ‘micro-creamery’ in the Lowcountry of Hilton Head Island. From the early 80s, when the shop opened, the flavors were revolutionary, and included Girl Scout cookie, mocha pecan, and bananas foster — and toppings are free.”

Delishee Yo has started an edible landscape. With plants and vines growing upward, downward and even around the ropes that surround the restaurant, every inch of the space is being used to grow fresh ingredients for the menu.

Coast restaurant in Sea Pines made OpenTables’s list of the “Top 100 Best Al Fresco Dining Restaurants in America.” The list was based on more than 5 million restaurant reviews from OpenTable users and 20,000 total restaurants.  in Coast joins restaurants in Beverly Hills, Malibu and more in winning top honors.

Lisa Bernstein plans to open a dessert bar in Port Royal Plaza called The Purple Cow. Bernstein is the baker behind Baby Cakes and says she plans to sell her mini cheesecakes at her new restaurant, along with other items. The menu will include coffee, sweets and cocktails in a comfortable environment.

Grant and Lauren Curtis of Bluffton plan to open a Which Wich franchise on Hilton Head this month. The sandwich franchise will be located at 70 Pope Ave. The couple chose Which Wich because of its Project PB&J, which donate a sandwich to a partner charity every time someone purchases a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. The Curtises also plan to open a second Which Wich in Bluffton by the end of 2015.

Back in the 1980s, when there were just a handful of restaurants on Hilton Head Island, there was one in particular where there was more than a good chance customers would run into friends and make new ones — the Reilley name was a sure sign you were in for a good time. This tradition continues today with the Reilley family and their partners.

Bojangles’ Famous Chicken ’n Biscuits is coming to Bluffton’s Berkeley Place, across from the Outback Steakhouse. Construction to scheduled to begin in mid-July. The restaurant offers madefrom- scratch buttermilk biscuits, fried chicken, sandwiches, wraps, salads, dinners, family meals, desserts and kids’ meals. The company, founded in 1977, is community oriented and will implement a program called “The Leader in Me,” which will reward students from M. C. Reilly Elementary School for meeting certain criteria.

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