Jeanne Dahl liked the Southwestern feel of the building at 70 Marshland Road.
Its appeal was partly why the Arizona native decided to open a new restaurant with her son, Chad, in its space.
The Phoenix Bistro, serving breakfast and lunch, opened last month in the former Roastfish & Cornbread site on Hilton Head Island. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch.
"In looking around, we didn't see a lot of mom 'n' pop breakfast spots," Dahl said. "And we fell in love with the location."
She and her son relocated to the Lowcountry from Arizona this summer to be closer to family.
Dahl said she has nine years of restaurant experience from her time in the Southwest, where she operated two breakfast and lunch places in the Phoenix area.
To pay homage to their roots, the two named their Hilton Head establishment The Phoenix Bistro.
"The menu has a bit of a Southwestern flair," Dahl said, in addition to an unexpected Norwegian touch. The Phoenix Bistro's speciality is its oven-baked pancakes, which are traditionally called Dutch babies or German pancakes, she said.
The Phoenix Bistro also serves buttermilk pancakes, omelettes, potato burritos, huevos rancheros and French toast for breakfast, with lunch offerings including salads and "Viking burritos," which are made with homemade lefse, a Norwegian potato flatbread.
Right now, the Dahls will stick to serving breakfast and lunch, but are considering opening for dinner in the future.
The Phoenix Bistro is open from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday. The restaurant is closed on Monday.
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