Isle of Palms Marina Restaurant

Milestone timeline:

City Council approved a contract with Hill Construction to conduct an assessment of the restaurant building
Completed: Nov 27, 2018
Nov 27 2018
City Council approved a contract with Lee & Associates to assist and advise the City through the Request for Proposals process for the Isle of Palms Marina restaurant lease
Completed: Apr 24, 2019
Apr 24 2019
Hill Construction presents building assessment report to the Real Property Committee
Completed: May 1, 2019
May 1 2019
City advertises a Call for Offers to seek proposals to lease the marina restaurant building and dock space
Completed: Jun 12, 2019
Jun 12 2019
Deadline for submission of proposals. The City received three (3) proposals
Completed: Aug 30, 2019
Aug 30 2019
City Council holds a Special City Council meeting to allow a public presentation of the three (3) proposals received
Completed: Sep 26, 2019
Sep 26 2019
City Council voted for the City to enter into exclusive negotiations with the IOP Families Group (Lorenz & Bushnell) and begin the due diligence period
Completed: Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10 2019
City grants extension request to the restaurant's due diligence period
Completed: Apr 1, 2020
Apr 1 2020
City Council engaged Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd as real estate attorneys to assist in the development of the new marina restaurant lease document
Completed: Jul 27, 2020
Jul 27 2020
City presented the first draft of the lease to the IOP Families Group for their review
Completed: Aug 21, 2020
Aug 21 2020
IOP Families Group returns draft lease agreement with comments and revisions for City's consideration
Completed: Sep 8, 2020
Sep 8 2020
City reviews comments from IOP Families and presents revised version of lease agreement to the restaurant group
Completed: Sep 21, 2020
Sep 21 2020
City staff and IOP Families Group along with the respective attorneys meet to discuss revisions to the second draft of lease agreement
Completed: Sep 29, 2020
Sep 29 2020
IOP Families to return final lease agreement document to the City by Thursday, October 1, 2020
Completed: Oct 1, 2020
Oct 1 2020
City Council unanimously approves lease agreement with the IOP Families Group
Completed: Oct 27, 2020
Oct 27 2020
City Council holds a Special Meeting to further discuss the proposed lease with the IOP Families Group
Completed: Nov 3, 2020
Nov 3, 2020
City Council holds a Special Council meeting approves second reading of proposed lease with IOP Families Group
Completed: Nov 10, 2020
Nov 10 2020
City executes lease agreement with IOP Families Group
Completed: Nov 12, 2020
Nov 12 2020
IOP Families Group presents a Special Exception request to the Board of Zoning Appeals to serve outdoor food and beverages. BOZA grants exception.
Completed: Jan 5, 2021
Jan 5 2021
City Council approves the design of the Restaurant
Completed: Feb 23, 2021
Feb 23 2021
Restaurant Tenants submit plans and specifications to the Building Department to obtain construction permit
Completed: Apr 29, 2021
April 21 2021
Interior demolition complete
Completed: May 4, 2021
May 4, 2021
Building Department issues construction permit
Completed: May 7, 2021
May 7 2021
Stay up to date with the building renovation under "Project Updates" below
Completed: Jun 8, 2021
Jun 8 2021
Restaurant Construction Complete
Completed: May 8, 2022
May 8 2022
Islander 71 Restaurant Opening Day
Completed: May 14, 2022
May 14 2022

The City of Isle of Palms owns the Isle of Palms Marina located on 80 41st Avenue. The site includes a waterfront restaurant on the Intracoastal Waterway, one of the best breathtaking public restaurant sites in the Lowcountry. The restaurant site includes a dedicated dock space along the Intracoastal Waterway and is adjacent to the Isle of Palms Marina and Market Store. 

The City is eager to welcome a partner to create a family friendly restaurant for residents and visitors to enjoy. 

After a comprehensive negotiation process, City Council approved a lease with the IOP Families Group, "Marker 116 LLC" for the operation of the IOP Marina Restaurant. The new tenants will renovate the building and plan to open a new restaurant early 2022. 


Project Updates

Building Renovation Update - May 2022
Tuesday, May 17, 2022


  • Construction complete
  • Staff coordinating final walkthrough, inspection and report from Insight Group, third party construction management contractor hired by the City to oversee construction and compliance with permits.
  • Restaurant opening week of May 9th
Building Renovation Update - April 2022
Tuesday, April 19, 2022
  • Finishes are complete
  • Floors have been sanded and refinished
  • Electricians and plumbers are tying all kitchen and bar equipment to be ready for SCDHEC inspection this week
  • Building Inspector and Fire Marshall scheduled to conduct a full inspection prior to opening date
  • Potholes, resurfacing parking lot and construction of dumpster pads scheduled for this week
  • Actual opening date contingent on SCDHEC permit
Building Renovation Update - March 2022
Tuesday, March 15, 2022
  • Pavers are being installed now
  • Power is on in the building
  • Floors in the back dining room should be installed next week
  • Upstairs floor has been sealed to eliminate leaks below
  • Kitchen equipment is arriving now and being installed
  • Working to determine dumpster location and whether to use compactor or conventional dumpster
  • Expecting to open mid-April
Building Renovation Update - February 2022
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
  • Kitchen hood has been installed
  • Bath partitions being installed now
  • Counters tops in bathrooms and bars being installed now
  • Cable railing on decks, porches, and stairwells is 90% complete
  • Sapele wall panels installed in entryway
  • Drywall is finished
  • Kitchen walls (FSRP) are finished
  • Electrical work finished with exception of connections to mechanical units on roof
  • Metal roof is finished
  • New entry door is on site and ready to be installed
  • Kitchen equipment is being receiving now with additional equipment on the way
  • Heating and cooling equipment is 90% complete and being worked on now
  • Work in the parking lot and patios begins in the next two weeks
  • Working to determine dumpster location and whether to use compactor or conventional dumpster
  • If equipment is delivered on schedule, plan to open mid-March
Building Renovation Update - January 2022
Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Building Update

  • Electrical handhole has been swapped by Dominion with a flush mount box for new service
  • Electrical – waiting on the delivery of the main distribution panel
  • HVAC ductwork complete and all units are installed on the roof
  • Kitchen hood delivered and starting install
  • Bathroom tile is complete except accent tile over the counters
  • Starting construction on bathroom counter and toilet partition
  • Drywall is almost 100% and all FRP is installed in the kitchens and server areas
  • Plan to start ceiling grid week of January 24
  • Interior shiplap and trim is complete
  • Finishing out entry trim work and bars in the next 2-3 weeks
  • Starting interior paint week of January 24
  • Metal roof almost complete - trim should be completed next week
  • Exterior pavers starting the week of January 24
  • Back deck cable rails in progress—switching to front areas after completion
  • Wood flooring scheduled for 2nd week in February
Building Renovation Update - November 2021
Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Building Update

  • Siding installation complete
  • Metal mansard roof installation begins week of 11/15
  • AC units will get craned to the roof week of 11/15
  • Sprinkler and HVAC duct work scheduled to be complete week of 11/15, which will allow ceiling work to begin
  • Spray foam is 70% complete
  • Kitchen wall covering installation is in process
  • Ongoing discussions regarding plan to consolidate enclosed dumpster area between the end of road at 41st Avenue and employee parking lot. On site meeting scheduled for week of 11/15

Restaurant Dock Improvements

  • Complete