Bluffton’s burgeoning bourbon and craft beer scene will soon have another happenin’ hangout with the addition of The Original 46 Gastropub in the space formerly known as Napoli Bistro Pizzeria and Wine Bar.
Specializing in high-end cocktails, pub food and craft brews, the completely overhauled restaurant features a newly installed tap system with 20 beer lines and a new bar (and tabletops) built by Jonathan Lancaster of Bluffton Millworks, complete with a 14-foot library ladder showcasing owner John Kelm’s bourbon collection. The Original 46 Gastropub also boasts an all-season patio featuring live music and a menu highlighting quality, locally-sourced ingredients.
“We’re really going to try to focus on the appetizers being smaller plates, so people will be more enticed to order different starters than giant portions of one item,” says Chef Dustin Ricker.
Menu highlights include Pork Belly Confit on a wasabi donut with daikon cabbage slaw, and the Chicken & Waffle—buttermilk fried chicken on a scallion-and-cheddar waffle with real maple syrup. They also offer smoked wings, prepared on-site; and recommend pairing them with their barreled in-house, signature Makers 46 Manhattan.
“The goal and hope for the restaurant is to offer a comfortable space and an uplifting menu,” Ricker asserts. “We want Bluffton to enjoy great food and libations in a comfortable environment.”
The Original 46 Gastropub is located at 68 Bluffton Road and will be open Monday-Saturday starting at 4 p.m. For more information, call the restaurant at (843) 757-4646.