With a focus on fresh, flavorful food that fits into a fun-filled day on the beach, chef Clayton Rollison will open Lucky Rooster Market Street on June 20. The globally influenced menu features dishes like pimento cheese dip with fried green tomatoes, Low Country Rice Bowls, Catfish Po’ Boy sandwiches, Lamb Roti Rolls and Shabazi Chicken Flatbread. Located in Coligny Plaza, the fast-casual restaurant is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
“We believe elevated food can be served in a quick-service setting,” Rollison says. “And there are so many dishes we’ve wanted to do at Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar that didn’t fit what we were doing.”
Rollison, who opened Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar on Hilton Head in 2013, said he is excited to offer traditional low country cuisine alongside his favorite international flavors. With healthy and vegetable-centric offerings, the menu features snacks, salads, bowls, sandwiches and flatbreads. The Low Country Rice Bowl features Sea Island Red Peas, rice, tomato-braised collard greens, peanut crumble and benne seeds. A traditional catfish po’ boy is joined by a coconut shrimp po’ boy with apricot mango sauce, jicama slaw and cilantro. Or, try the Cyprus Salad with Bibb lettuce, chickpeas, cucumbers, feta cheese, olives, red onions, marinated tomatoes and a garlic-oregano vinaigrette. A children’s menu will also be offered.
Lucky Rooster Market Street features a full bar with craft cocktails, beer and frozen drink offerings for both kids and adults — think frozen Cheerwine or a slushy gin and tonic.
The restaurant’s location in Coligny Plaza is a bit of a homecoming for Rollison, a Hilton Head native. “It’s iconic,” he says. “This is where my mom opened her store 40 years ago, it’s where my dad bagged groceries at Red & White. My great-aunt and great-uncle built the Richardson Building next door.”
With an industrial vibe, Lucky Rooster Market Street has two bars — one inside, one outside — and ample patio seating.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, Rollison worked at Gramercy Tavern in New York City and the Hermitage Hotel in Nashville — But the call of the island was always in his head. With Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, he developed a menu of refined comfort foods and adventurous eats utilizing the best the low country has to offer and working with local farmers, fishermen and purveyors.
Rollison will be joined by chef Micah Cook in the Lucky Rooster Market Street kitchen. Cook previously worked at Second Empire in Raleigh, N.C., and Prestonwood Country Club. After traveling in Brazil, Spain, Italy and France to explore new flavors and diversify his creative process, he was hired as chef for Serena William’s wedding in 2017 and for the Elton John AIDS Foundation New York Fall Gala, and as designer Giorgio Armani’s executive chef.