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Fahey: Bomboras Grille, Art Cafe to move into shared space

Pictured is the building at 5 Lagoon Road, which will soon house Bomboras Grille and Art Cafe.
Pictured is the building at 5 Lagoon Road, which will soon house Bomboras Grille and Art Cafe. Staff photo

Two south-end Hilton Head Island businesses will soon pack up to move into one shared space.

Bomboras Grille, in Coligny Plaza, and Art Cafe, in The Gallery of Shops near the Sea Pines traffic circle, will relocate to a two-story building at 5 Lagoon Road. The move is expected to be in December or January.

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"The timing is good, the location is good," said Bomboras co-owner Rocky Whitehead. "It made a lot of sense to move."

The new location is around the corner from the restaurant's current location, and it comes with its own parking lot, which the management team says is a huge plus.

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"We're going to try to implement a program where locals can call ahead to reserve a parking space," said Brian Kaufman, one of Bomboras' managers.

Not that parking in Coligny Plaza in high tourism season isn't a blast.

Kaufman said Bomboras' lease in the shopping center ends on Dec. 31, and the property owner didn't want to renew it. Bomboras Grille has been in Coligny Plaza for the past five years.

Art Cafe, owned by Whitehead's wife, Jenny, will be moving in anticipation of a proposed project to tear down and redevelop The Gallery of Shops.

Additionally, the husband-and-wife team have an idea for how to combine their two businesses.

"On vacation, it's nice to have a night out," Rocky Whitehead said. Parents can drop their kids off at the Art Cafe while they dine in Bomboras downstairs. In addition to its usual ceramic painting services, the Art Cafe will offer a menu tailored to young diners.

Kaufman said the kitchen at the new Bomboras is much larger, which will mean an expanded menu.

"We're going to emphasize more seafood items," he said, adding "bigger and better things" are on the way.

But mostly, I think, they're pretty jazzed about the new parking situation.

Details: 843-689-2662


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If you see new construction or know of a business that has just opened or recently closed, contact retail reporter Ashley Fahey at afahey@islandpacket.com or 843-706-8137.

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