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‘Lots of big pies’: Amish-style restaurant proposed on Hilton Head’s south end

The rendering of the Fern Iams Amish restaurant, which is proposed for 8 Office Way on Hilton Head’s south end.
The rendering of the Fern Iams Amish restaurant, which is proposed for 8 Office Way on Hilton Head’s south end. Town of Hilton Head Island design review board materials, released.

Although there is no shortage of restaurants on Hilton Head’s south end, if you’re looking for homestyle cooking, you’re about to have more options.

Fern Iams — an Amish-style cooking restaurant — is proposed for Office Way off Pope Avenue on the island, according to preliminary design review board materials filed with the Town of Hilton Head Island.

Amish-style cooking is described by property owner Ned Gilleland as “downright wholesome” — food popular in Pennsylvania and northern Ohio.

The restaurant will specialize in foods such as cabbage and meats, but he said the real star of the restaurant will be the dessert case.

“All of our desserts will be homemade,” Gilleland said, adding that there will be “lots of big pies.”

Melissa Clark, the author of the Good Appetite column, demonstrates how easy it can be to make a very light and flaky pie crust. A related recipe, for brown sugar and spice apple pie, can be found on Diner's Journal.

The preliminary plans for the restaurant include a separate kitchen just for desserts, according to Jeff Cramer, the project’s architect.

It is also expected to have a large outdoor seating section and screened patio, according to the plans. The restaurant will take the place of the existing Oriental Massage therapy 8 parlor, Gilleland said.

Although in the early stages, Cramer said the restaurant will likely open in mid-2020.

Katherine Kokal moved to South Carolina in 2018 after graduating from the University of Missouri and loves everything about the Lowcountry that isn’t a Palmetto Bug. She has won South Carolina Press Association awards for in-depth and government beat reporting. On the weekends, you can find Kati doing yoga and hiking Pinckney Island.
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