What's New on Hilton Head Island
This page will be updated frequently for the returning visitor. This page will show four years of changes on Hilton Head. We will not attempt to keep up with the rapidly changing events in Bluffton.
Restaurants and Nightlife
Red = closed, at least for now. Blue = new The dates are just so I know when to remove old entries.
Smokehouse has opened in it's new location on Palmetto Bay Rd, where Sticky Finger was. The facility has a much larger bar and dining room and sports an outside deck with tables for the smokers. 03/10
Hinchey's Restaurant has moved from Beach Market to the Metropolitan Hotel, which has undergone extensive renovation. The Hotel is located on South Forest Beach Drive in front of Xanadu condominiums.02/11
Flatbread Grill opened at the former Hinchey's site in Beach Market. They will feature high-temperature oven that will bake Neapolitan pizza and will also serve pasta, salads, sandwiches, burgers and appetizers.02/11
Cheap Seats, a new sports bar, has opened at 55 Mathews Dr., in Triangle Square. 02/11
The Boardroom, a new bar in the tradition of a private club opened February 5. Owners are two Reilley's siblings. Located in the "Barmuda Triangle" near the Hilton Head Brewing company. Outdoor and indoor seating, specialty cocktails from Argentina and Brazil. 02/11
Mi Tierra in Festival Center (Wal Mart, Publix) has closed. The main restaurant continues in business. 03/11
Hot Dog Harbour, a restaurant specializing in a huge variety of hot dogs, has opened in Coligny Plaza, where the hammock shop was. You can get burgers and chili, too, and beer and soft drinks are available. 03/11
The Marksman Tavern has opened at 11 Greenwood Drive, in The Gallery of Shops. It's a British style pub 04/11
The Waterfront Café, formerly Café Europa, has closed. 04/11
The Hilton Head comedy Club has moved to the second floor of Kingfisher restaurant in Shelter Cove. Shows are at 9:00 PM Tuesday through Sunday. 843-785-4442.
Wise Guys, the wine and tapas bar has enlarged and added a steakhouse for full service dining. (4/12)
Tapas Restaurant has moved to Port Royal Plaza, near Sam's Club at 95 Mathews Drive. (04/12)
Corks, of Bluffton, has opened a Hilton Head location at Island Crossings, where Staples is. It's a friendly neighborhood wine bar and they also serve light food 05-10
For those awaiting the return of chef Olivier Allain, the wait is over. Chef Olivier appears at Vine, in the Coligney Plaza. Dinner is served Monday through Friday from 5:00. 80 wines are available, 16 by the glass, and Olivier will entertain you with his classical guitar renderings. 05/12
Ella's Blue Water Grill has opened in Shelter Cove overlooking the water. 05/12
Pazzo Italian cafe and bakery has opened at 807 William Hilton parkway in Plantation Center. Full menu plus pizza and subs. 05/12
Pomodori is another new Italian restaurant located at 1 New Orleans Rd, at the 90 degree bend in the road. 05/12
Antonio's has closed. Word on the street is it was bought by a long time Hilton Head restaurateur - we shall see. (It's now Ombra Cucina Rustica) 06/12
Moneypennie's is now Vibe. 03/12
Okko, a new Asian restaurant serves Thai, sushi, and features teppanyaki-style cooking (at the Table) on Mathews drive at the North end. 5/12
Wine Times Four has closed.
Captain Woody's has moved to Target Rd. just off Palmetto Bay Rd. to the location that once was Rider's Lounge (and many other identities). (3/13)
The Art Café has moved to 14 Greenwood Dr., in the Gallery of shops. (3/13)
Chef Michael Cirafese has opened Ombra Cucina Rustica, an Italian restaurant, with his former mentor chef Nunzio Patruno. It's where Antonio's was in the Village at Wexford. (4/13)
The bike paths between Sea Pines Circle and the
beach have been moved away from the street and now incorporate boardwalks across
The Batter's Box, an indoor baseball and softball training facility has opened on Southwood Park Dr. , near the St. Francis gift shop.11/10
The Hilton Ocean Front Resort was purchased by Omni Hotels, so is now the OMNI. (04/12)
The Holiday Inn Oceanfront has been purchased by Integrated Capital Investments and renamed The Beach House, a Holiday Inn Resort. (04/12)
A number if island hotels have received major refurbishment: The Inn at Harbourtown, the Crown Plaza (now Sonesta Resort), The Westin, the Hampton Inn, the Hilton (now the Omni), and the holiday Inn Oceanfront (now The Beach House).
Morris & Whiteside Galleries has moved to 220 Cordillo Parkway.
Zipline Hilton Head opened. Located at the Broad Creek marina, they offer a 2½ hour tour over the Live oaks. More "adventures" will be added over the summer. 843-682-6000. (04/12)
The Crown Plaza hotel has been renovated and is now the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island.
MLS reports for Hilton Head Island:
¹This statistic is deceptive because many listings
renew after six months, therefore could be this many days plus six months.
Prices continue to decline in 2011, but volume shows a
slight uptick, perhaps indicating prices have found a natural level.
In 2012 180 foreclosed and short sale homes sold in Hilton Head, compare with 167 in 2011. Currently there are 51 on the market.
*Statistics courtesy of Felice LaMarca.
Also of Interest
Smoking Ban: the Town of Hilton Head island has passed an ordinance prohibiting smoking in public buildings effective May !, 2007. Most of Beaufort County already has such a ban in place. Specifically, the law bans smoking in businesses but not homes, tobacco shops, hotels and motels and businesses with only one employee if they do not share space with other businesses. Some restaurants with outdoor tables permit smoking there - Reilly's, Shrimp Michaels, and some in the "Barmuda Triangle" are examples.
Fishing license required for salt water fishing
A report by a consulting firm studying growth in this area estimated Hilton Head Island population at 37,099 at the 2010 census. It has not changed much in recent years.
At long last the liquor mini-bottle law has been rescinded. Bars may free pour or use the minis - their choice. The advantage to the public is drinks don't have to be so strong. Hopefully some bars will reduce the pour from 1.7 Oz. to something more reasonable and reduce prices accordingly (or am I being naive?).
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This page Updated 05/12/2013
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