The Boathouse on Ellis Creek opened its doors, right on schedule, last Friday. They’re still putting finishing touches on the place. No doubt, they wanted to launch on V-day/SEWE weekend, since all the locals would be avoiding the madness downtown.

They’ve completely transformed the place, inside and out, and have added a much-needed amenity — valet parking. As anyone who drove past the old Mimi’s on a Sunday afternoon can attest, the parking along Harbor View can be treacherous.

According to an email announcement this morning, they’ll start serving lunch on Wednesday and brunch on Sunday.

I stopped in for dinner last night with the family and discovered the same Boathouse that I remember from downtown — a big menu with interesting sushi rolls and fresh seafood choices. Everything we ate was tasty, particularly the crabcakes and the ginger-glazed tuna. One complaint: I wish the prices were cheaper. Three adults and two kids racked up a $150 bill pretty quickly, although, to be fair, we did have wine, beer, four entrees, and two orders of sushi. But, overall, I’d say it’s a great addition to James Island’s paltry dining scene — particularly once the raw bar gets going. I can see myself dropping by for fresh oysters and a beer on a regular basis. The outside deck and back bar are still being finished, but you can bet that it will be hopping out there as the warmer weather rolls in.

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