by Kristin Hackler
For years, the Bohicket Marina slept in a quiet little crook of the Bohicket Creek. Occasionally it would come alive with the visit of the annual Governor’s Cup Billfishing Tournament and Rockville Regatta, and some summers ago it danced a shag or two under the stars as local bands played beach music on the boardwalk during weekend nights. The rest of the year, however, the Marina was used to quiet days, visits from the occasional tourists, regular wear-and-tear from local charter captains and fishermen, and the remarkable reward of regular, breathtakingly beautiful sunsets at the end of each day.
It was the sunset, said Red’s Ice House partner Steve Carroll, which sold him on Bohicket Marina as the ideal location for the next Red’s Ice House.
“It was probably one of the top ten sunsets I’d ever seen in my life,” Steve smiled. “We had been looking at other locations, but you can’t find a better sunset than at Bohicket Marina.”
Taking over the old Privateer Restaurant location which had stood empty along the dock front for more than five years, construction began in late 2009 and by Memorial Day of 2010, the new Red’s Ice House opened their doors to a massive opening night crowd.
“We had three rehearsal dinners booked before we even opened, and we have twenty on the books now,” said Steve. “With all this space we have room for private parties, birthday parties, whatever you need, and still have plenty of space for our regular customers.”
Part of that space includes a massive two story deck overlooking the creek which takes full advantage of the Marina’s infamous sunsets and welcomes boaters to pull up at the dock and enjoy an inexpensive, fresh seafood dinner or a cold drink before heading home.
“We get a lot of business from boaters heading up from Edisto, Wadmalaw Island and James Island,” said Steve, and it’s this regular local business from boaters and residents of Kiawah, Seabrook and Johns Islands which assure him that the winter, while quiet, shouldn’t be detrimentally slow.
While opening week for Red’s Ice House was so busy that overflow parking became an issue, Steve pointed out that there is an overflow parking lot in the field across from the Marina and they are currently looking into updating it and will certainly be utilizing it in the future. And while all these crowds have packed the Marina’s parking lot from end to end almost every weekend, the result has not only been a renewed interest in the Bohicket Marina, it’s been a reawakening for the local businesses, as well.
“We’re really trying to establish Bohicket Marina even over Red’s Ice House,” said Steve. “We just like to have people come out here, whether it’s to go to Red’s or to visit any of the other great local businesses.”
Besides the inexpensively priced menu and welcoming attitude of the restaurant staff, Red’s Ice House hopes to draw in even more visitors with regular events such as monthly Full Moon parties, Rock the Dock music events, oyster roasts, crab leg nights, wine tastings, jazz nights and boat cruises, just to name a few.
“I can just see this place [Bohicket Marina] growing and growing,” said Steve. “it’s great to have a bunch of good people and great businesses in one spot. We’re just going to keep growing from here.”
Bohicket Marina is located just off of Seabrook Island Road on Andell Bluff Blvd. For more information about Bohicket Marina, visit www.bohicket.com. For more information about Red’s Ice House, visit www.redsicehouse.com.