Mount Pleasant Magazine July/August 2023

79 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com along with their partner Jon Bushnell, wanted to do their part to bring back the feel of the old Isle of Palms. They decided to open Islander71, a restaurant adjacent to the marina that takes visitors back in time to the island in the 1970s. “We wanted to bring it back to the glory days of Isle of Palms,” Lorenz said. Since its opening, the restaurant, located in the building that formerly housed Morgan Creek Grill, has become a local hangout spot for families after a long day on the water as well as residents who want to grab a quick bite on the island. The outdoor area and bar have given locals a spot to gather and enjoy the weather and atmosphere that makes Isle of Palms so special. Lorenz said his goal was to transport people back to a time when the island was nothing more than a beach town. Residents and visitors alike are encouraged to appreciate the rich history and culture of Isle of Palms while delighting in waterfront views over the Intracoastal and good Lowcountry cooking. The ongoing renovation of the Isle of Palms Marina, together with the opening of Islander71, have transformed not only the marina, but the entire island. It shows that although Mount Pleasant has grown tremendously with an influx of newcomers in the last decade, the community hasn’t lost its local touch. There is certainly more room for expansion within the next few years. The city presented a conceptual plan for an Isle of Palms Waterfront Park in front of the restaurant, overlooking the Intracoastal. Although there haven’t been any recent updates regarding the proposal, it is clear city leaders see endless potential for the marina. It serves as the perfect place for locals to gather and an ideal spot to show visitors what the Lowcountry culture is and has been for decades. Shuler said he cannot wait for everyone to be able to enjoy the new marina and ship store this summer. “We have put quite a bit of money and effort into the rebirth of the Isle of Palms Marina,” Shuler added. “It is something we are really proud of. It has been a long time coming.” the islands The o ld IOP Mar i na . A Great Place for Family Fun! 50 41st Ave. Isle of Palms • 843.886.0209 • FOOD | BEER & WINE | ICE | GROCERIES | SOUVENIRS | BEACH SUPPLIES | APPAREL TACKLE | BAIT | FISHING & BOATING SUPPLIES | FUEL