Dockside restaurant expanding to Lady's Island; Port Royal coffee shop gets a face-lift

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Dockside restaurant expanding to Lady's Island; Port Royal coffee shop gets a face-lift

By ERIN MOODY
emoody@beaufortgazette.com
Published Friday, January 20, 2012   |  367 Words  |  

The owner of 11th Street Dockside restaurant in Port Royal plans to open a second location on Lady's Island.

Tommy Oliva said he will close on the purchase of the Factory Creek Fish Co. at 71 Sea Island Parkway at the end of the month. He plans to renovate the building and open March 1 as Dockside.

"We want to make it look at little more nautical and rustic and cozy," he said.

The Lady's Island Dockside will be a spin-off of the original 18-year-old restaurant. The menu will be the same.

Initially, the new location will open only for dinner, from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Lunch hours will be added later, Oliva said. He expects to employ about 50 people.

Factory Creek was opened about a year ago by Tommy Wilburn, owner of Emily's Restaurant & Tapas Bar in Beaufort.

ALTERATIONS COMING TO EX-COFFEE SHOP

Things are brewing again at the site of the former Old Towne Coffeehaus, which closed in April after serving as a gathering spot in Port Royal for nearly five years.

Coastal Contractors Inc. has been granted a demolition permit to remove cabinets inside the building at 914 Paris Ave. The building itself will not be demolished. Town codes enforcement officer Charles McGuire said the work is in preparation for a business.

There's no word yet on what that business would be. Owner Chris Rentz couldn't be reached for comment.

Rentz has said she was forced to close the coffee shop because of the economy and had said she was considering renting out the building.

Although the shop closed, the building has been used for various public meetings during the past year.

Follow reporter Erin Moody at twitter.com/EyeOnPortRoyal.

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