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Remy's to move to give outdoor bar more breathing room

A popular Hilton Head Island bar and grill is moving out of Heritage Plaza and into the spot of the former Club Prana, which had its business license revoked last year.

Remy's owner Roy Prescott said the move was sparked by disagreement with the plaza's new owner about Remy's use of a courtyard for an outdoor bar.

Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial of Augusta, Ga., bought the 31,500-square-foot retail center in September. Company representatives said they received complaints from other tenants about noise and inappropriate behavior from patrons using the outdoor bar.

The plaza courtyard is common space, and Remy's did not have permission under its lease to have exclusive use, a company official said. The restaurant also failed to pay rent, said Vic Mills, CEO of Blanchard & Calhoun Commercial.

"It was causing problems with other tenants and customers, so we had to correct those situations," Mills said.

Prescott said he had an oral agreement with the previous landlord to use the courtyard for an outside bar and was unaware of complaints from plaza tenants.

"It brought positive foot traffic to the plaza," he said of the outdoor bar.

Now, Prescott said he's busy renovating space off Arrow Road -- one-tenth of a mile from Remy's original location at the corner of Dunnagans Alley and Arrow Road -- to relocate the business.

"I don't have any hard feelings with the new landlord, but outdoor activity is a large part of our operations and gave us cause to look at other locations," he said

The site used to house Club Prana, which shut down last summer shortly before Town Council revoked its business license under a 2009 ordinance that allows it to close "nuisance" businesses. The Beaufort County Sheriff's Office received more than 150 calls for service to the club after its 2008 opening -- a number sheriff's officials called "excessive."

Nearby Hilton Head Island Motorcoach Resort residents had said they were thrilled by council's decision to revoke Club Prana's license and looked forward to a successful business moving into the club's location.

"We are looking forward to having (Remy's) as a neighbor," said Suzanne Bishop, general manager of the RV resort on 133 Arrow Road.

"The main problem we had with Club Prana was there was no concerted effort to rectify issues of noise and rowdiness," Bishop said. "Roy has assured us he will self-police the business, and we anticipate Remy's will be a positive atmosphere in keeping with its reputation."

Prescott said Remy's will keep its lunch, dinner, happy hour, late-night and music format, but will be "doing it bigger and better," with plans to bring back a salad bar and bigger-named music acts. The new location is about 2,200 square feet larger, with a dance floor and stage, which Prescott said will remain.

"We're not going to be a club with food, but a restaurant with music," he said.

Prescott said he hopes to open the new location Feb. 19 with an oyster roast and Rolling Stones cover band White Liquor.

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