Mount Pleasant Magazine July/August 2022

49 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www.MountPl easantPodcas t . com For over five decades, the Isle of Palms Marina has been a hotspot for sandy feet and sun-kissed skin. What started by the Finch family as a boat launch and marina, slowly evolved into a local hangout with a little restaurant where fishermen could kick off their flip-flops and mingle. During the glory days of Isle of Palms in the ‘70s, Wild Dunes began to put the small island’s name on the map for tourists. The marina’s restaurant began to attract people eager to get a glimpse of the local spirit and beach-bum lifestyle. Dave and Chrissy Lorenz, along with their partner Jon Bushnell, have lived on Isle of Palms for over 15 years and felt that the island needed to bring back that original charm. The group wanted to create a restaurant that would transport visitors back to the good ol’ days. Capitalizing on the picturesque view of the Intracoastal, Islander 71 aims to be a family-friendly gathering place where the simple island lifestyle is appreciated. Dave Lorenz said, “We wanted to bring it back to the glory days of Isle of Palms in the ‘70s, and we chose the number 71 in particular because that is the year my wife and I were born.” The restaurant creates a place for both locals and tourists to bond over their love of the views and culture that make up the island. As the only restaurant in the area directly on the Intracoastal, we wanted to show off the view, allowing each table to have a view of the water.” Back to Island Time BY MAD I SON BROACH The New Islander 71 Restaurant Photos prov i ded. feature