April 2013

Captain Woody's- Just a Different Door

Author: Michael Paskevich | Photographer: Photography by Anne

News travels fast when a three-decade dining fixture pulls up stakes and relocates, and that’s just fine with Russell Anderson of the new and expanded Captain Woody’s on Hilton Head. Customers were ready and waiting when he and co-owning spouse Shannon Wright opened the new locale a few weeks back at 6 Target Road, ending a run at Palmetto Bay Marina in favor of a larger stand-alone site on the short, but busy access road that connects Palmetto Bay and Arrow roads. “Things happened very quickly,” Anderson said, “and it’s been a blessing how well the word got around to all of our friends. We had our first oyster roast already, and we’ve been packed from the start.”

A reputation for good times obviously has something to do with it, not forgetting signature grouper melt sandwiches, and the fresh digs are geared for a seamless transition. “It’s just a different door that you’re walking in,” Anderson said. “The concept is exactly the same, and we still have the same friendly atmosphere and great staff that’s been with us.”

Most of the interior decorations and wall hangings made the move as well, and the nautical-themed dining room/bar is accented by a weathered wood outdoor dining and drinking deck that’s been dubbed “BAR 6” in honor of the new address on Target Road. There’s also an upstairs retail area for Captain Woody’s memorabilia, including T-shirts bearing a new slogan—“Where the land meet the water” for BAR 6.

Otherwise things are just the same. The casual eatery continues to specialize in seafood, of course, seeking wild-caught products and serving a selection of mid-priced meals plus a sizable roster of appetizers, salads and Po-Boy sandwiches. The grouper melt sandwich ($13.99) remains a top-seller and there’s no shortage of beer, wine and spirits to wash things down. Solo singer/guitarist Mike Korbar plays on Saturdays and Jim Davidson entertains on Wednesdays.

Woody Collins, a local shrimper and “super nice guy” who still lives in the Lowcountry, opened the original Captain Woody’s in 1982. Anderson and Wright, who moved here from Kentucky in the early 1990s, took over ownership in 1999 and later opened a Captain Woody’s in Old Town, Bluffton. The success of that stand-alone eatery the past four years led to their interest in the vacant building on Hilton Head that opened as the Pelican Theater before more recent incarnations as Rider’s and The Big Chill.

The new Captain Woody’s is better placed to draw from Sea Pines, and the central location is already pleasing dedicated locals. “We love this location, and while the other place was off the beaten path, you can sit out here and see a hundred cars go by in a couple of minutes,” Anderson said. “We’re all about keeping to the concept where you can hang out, have a beer and just have a good time with some friends.”

Captain Woody’s is located at 6 Target Road, Hilton Head, serving lunch and dinner daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. For more information, call (843) 785-2400 or visit captainwoodys.com.

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