A new Italian restaurant with an extensive wine selection is opening in Beaufort in time for the holiday season.
Griffin Marketplace, 403 Carteret St., will open in two to three weeks, according to owners Laura and Riccardo Bonino. Previously an engineer and a certified public accountant, respectively, they both followed their passions into food and wine and met at a restaurant they worked at in D.C.
After looking for a place to relocate their business earlier this year, they settled on Beaufort, where Laura Bonino's father lives.
"We realized it was a really nice area and rent here is 25 percent of rent there," she said.
The food hails from the Piedmont region of Italy, where Riccardo Bonino grew up. Laura Bonino is a trained chef and said the dishes will use a lot of local food, including shrimp, pork, corn and other vegetables.
Riccardo Bonino is a sommelier with a "gift" for pairing wine not just with food, but also personal taste, his wife said. He is planning to offer about 500 different wines and will personally work with customers on pairings.
The restaurant will be open Tuesday through Sunday, from about 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Lunch is served until 2:30 p.m. and dinner begins at 5:30 p.m.
More information on Griffin Marketplace is available at griffinmarket.blogspot.com, which will be updated with information about the Beaufort location.
Sea Island Ophthalmology moves
Sea Island Ophthalmology has moved from 989 Ribaut Road, Suit 200, to 111 High Tide Drive in Shell Point, in front of Lowcountry Medical Group, according to Dr. Mark Siegel.
The building is the former Garden Gate Nursery Building, which underwent four months of renovations and got an addition. Construction was done by Beaufort Construction and interior design by Virgina Rhodes.
Sea Island Ophthalmology has been in business for more than 40 years, according to Siegel.
Siegel is a board-certified ophthalmic surgeon and medical director of the facility. He specializes in eye diseases including cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and eye problems caused by diabetes. He was a Beaufort Gazette Reader's Choice winner for Best Eye Care Professional in 2011.