Beaufort News

New family-friendly restaurant to serve seafood

Groupers restaurant on Lady's Island has closed and a different restaurant with a new owner, name and menu is scheduled to open at that location early next month.

Restaurateur Tommy Wilburn, owner of Emily's Restaurant & Tapas Bar in downtown Beaufort, said he purchased the building overlooking Factory Creek earlier this month from Groupers owner Caesar Moona.

He plans to call his new eatery Factory Creek Fish Company and feature seafood dishes.

"It's going to be mostly a family-style seafood restaurant," Wilburn said. "At Emily's, we've always catered to more of a local clientele. I expect the crowd will be more varied at the new restaurant."

Wilburn said he doesn't expect to change the inside of the restaurant, which includes a wall of glass windows overlooking the water.

The building at 71 Sea Island Parkway, which previously housed Ollie's restaurant, sat vacant for years but was not for sale, Wilburn said.

"I wanted it long before Caesar (Moona) got a hold of it," Wilburn said. "It's a great location."

Moona confirmed last month that someone had approached him about purchasing the space and said at the time he was considering selling the property. He could not be reached Friday for comment.


Other recent business openings, closings and changes in the area:

  • A new hair salon, Bangs, opened in August behind the Hilton Garden Inn on Boundary Street.
  • Located in the Beaufort Town Center at 1600 Burnside St., Suite 102, Bangs specializes in color, haircuts, hair extensions and keratin treatments, according to the center's website.

    The salon's two stylists are available 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, co-owner Brittany Melvin said.

    Details: 843-379-5858