New seafood restaurant coming to Port Royal Dockside building

New seafood restaurant coming to Port Royal Dockside building
A new seafood restaurant will be opening up at the Dockside spot in Port Royal. Photo courtesy Phil Heim

A new restaurant will be opening in the old Dockside spot in Port Royal this spring. The 11th Street Dockside building has been empty since it was damaged in a fire, but it was recently purchased by a Hilton Head restaurant group who has big plans to put in a family-style seafood restaurant, the Beaufort Gazette reported on Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for Coastal Restaurant and Bars restaurant group told the Gazette that the location is an iconic spot and as the port grows, the restaurant will be the first spot to open.

It had been looking like Dockside was going to be reopening its doors in Port Royal, but now it may be looking like a Crazy Crab may be in the works. The restaurant group also owns the Crazy Crab locations on Hilton Head Island, among a few other restaurants.

The property was purchased in September by Grey Ghost Properties and plans were immediately announced of future development with hundreds of residences, dozens of stores and restaurants, a hotel and a marina coming over the next several years.

Grey Ghost is led by Whit Suber, Beaufort boat dealer Chris Butler and four other investors. They expect about $200 million in development on the 317-acre site, which developers likely will not name. The site plans also call for park and green space.

Grey Ghost’s first steps in the first 18 months include reopening the boat storage building, constructing a waterfront walkway, and restarting the seafood market  which closed after a 2015 fire.

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Read more about the Port development plans here.