Lucy Buffett Wins 2018 ‘Restaurateur Of The Year’ Award From South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association


LuLu’s is honored to be named ‘Restauranteur of the Year’ by the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association. We have been welcomed with open arms in South Carolina and are excited about our upcoming additions for 2019.


In June, Buffett opened her wildly popular LuLu’s restaurant at Dockside Village, a walkable dining district along the Intracoastal Waterway in Barefoot Landing. Fans clamored for her signature gumbo, and families were drawn to the restaurant’s man-made sandy beach complete with a volleyball court and countless beach toys, kids’ play area and its water feature, the Fountain For Youth. LuLu’s Beach Arcade and Mountain of Youth Ropes course are the latest additions coming in March 2019. These family fun attractions will add and extra element of excitement to LuLu’s.


Among the restaurant’s biggest hits during its inaugural year include LuLu’s six allergy menus that accommodate diners with restricted diets. The expansive allergy friendly menus include: dairy free, egg free, gluten free, shellfish free, soy free, and seafood free options. To ensure safety and accuracy, a manager comes to the table to take the order before the food is prepared in a special area in the kitchen.


“To many, it’s just another menu but to some, it’s life changing,” Buffett said. “When families come to visit and afterward write me to let me know that it was their child’s first time ever dining out, I know what I’m doing is meaningful. These instances elicit a special community of people who I’m proud to serve.”


This is Lucy Buffett’s third LuLu’s location. She also has locations in Gulf Shores, Ala., and Destin, Fla.


Buffett has been known to assist those in the community impacted by tropical storms and hurricanes. This year’s Hurricane Florence and Hurricane Michael were no exception. The North Myrtle Beach LuLu’s family offered free meals to those in need, served and catered at a local community kitchen, and participated in events that directly benefited those affected.


Her accomplishments are not just limited to her restaurants. Buffett is the author of two cookbooks and a children’s book: “LuLu’s Kitchen: A Taste of the Gulf Coast Good Life,” “Gumbo Love: Recipes for Gulf Coast Cooking, Entertaining, and Savoring the Good Life,” and “Billy Claus & The Spirit of Christmas Island.”

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