Beaufort's Southern Graces to celebrate expanded offerings (updated: yes there will be food)

Just some of the tastiness Southern Graces offers

Updated March 17: Just a reminder that Southern Graces' grand opening will be held at 5:30 tonight and will include a ribbon cutting and "complimentary community reception" (read as a chance to taste their delicious offerings.)

Again, an RSVP is suggested and may be made by calling 843-379-0555.

Reported March 12: Southern Graces Bistro, which operates out of The Beaufort Inn's kitchen, is holding a 'grand opening' next week to celebrate its decision to expand its offerings to include afternoon tea and dinner.

We'll copy and paste the press release below.

The grand opening will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 17 at The Beaufort Inn.

An RSVP is suggested and may be made by calling 843-379-0555.

Check out Southern Graces online over at its Facebook page by clicking here.

Here's the press release:

Beaufort's Southern Graces Bistro Expands to Offer Lunch, Afternoon Tea and DinnerGrand Opening Celebration Scheduled for March 17
(Beaufort, SC) -   Southern Graces Bistro, located at 809 Port Republic St. (inside The Beaufort Inn) is expanding its offerings to include afternoon tea and dinner service. Until recently, the bistro has primarily focused on lunch service. A grand opening reception to commemorate the new venture will be held Thursday, March 17, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. An RSVP is suggested and may be made by calling 379-0555. A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Billy Keyserling, Beaufort Water Festival Commodore Robert Bible and representatives from The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce will take place at 5:45 p.m. Guests will be able to tour the bistro, mingle with staff and sample menu items. Those interested in a “sneak preview” of the services can make reservations through March 16.“This is an exciting time for us,” said Southern Graces Bistro Owner Bethany Hewitt. “We have been looking for an opportunity to showcase more of what Southern Graces is all about and the timing is just perfect. We are unique in our offerings and can’t wait to share them with Beaufort.” Southern Graces Bistro is run by Hewitt and her husband, Chef Christopher Hewitt. Both arrived in the Lowcountry after various culinary ventures nationwide. Bethany has designed and catered for HGTV, The Food Network and Country Music Television, among numerous other organizations. Christopher has worked with celebrity Chef Bobby Flay at Flay’s Mesa Grill in New York, was the Executive Chef of The Harley Davidson Café in Manhatten, NY, and has made appearances on The Food Network’s “Iron Chef,” as well as on weekly segments of “The Early Show” on CBS.Southern Graces Bistro specializes in upscale Southern food with a luxurious Lowcountry  spin on classics and a modern take on fantastically fresh food.  Southern Graces Bistro is open Tuesday – Sunday. Lunch will be offered from 11- 2 p.m., afternoon tea from 2-4 p.m., dinner from 5-9 p.m, and Sunday brunch from 11-2 p.m. weekly. Reservations are encouraged and may be made by calling (843) 379-0555 or emailing