The Longboard will bring coastal-inspired fare to Sullivan's Island | Provided

Forthcoming Sullivan’s Island eatery The Longboard Restaurant + Bar has named its new executive chef ahead of an anticipated summer 2021 opening at 2213B Middle St. New Longboard chef Will Fincher knows the island well after spending seven years at the Obstinate Daughter, located blocks away from the Longboard on Middle Street. 

The Longboard is the Ballast Hospitality Group’s third restaurant — the other two are located in St. John and St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. The group opened its flagship restaurant — also called The Longboard — in May 2015. 

Fincher | Provided

According to a press release, “The Sullivan’s Island iteration will focus on innovative and refined island fare, utilizing coastal flavors, fresh and specialty seafood, tropical produce, and local farms and fishermen. The Longboard on Sullivan’s Island will also boast a custom-made wood fire grill, which Fincher will use to offer a variety of grilled proteins.” 

Fincher will spend time at the group’s U.S. Virgin Island restaurants ahead of The Longboard’s opening on Sullivan’s Island’s, the press release said. 

Charleston-based firms Cortney Bishop Design and Beau Clowney Architects led the two-year renovation of the space previously occupied by 450 Pizza Joint, which closed in August 2019. Once open, The Longboard will feature an expansive raw bar selection and menu items like wood-fired prawns with Carolina gold rice, baked oysters in jerk butter, tamarind glazed ribs and more. For drinks, look for tropical craft cocktails, local kombucha, local craft beer and frozen drinks on tap. 

The Longboard will open for dinner this summer, with plans to add lunch and brunch later in the year. For more information, visit

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