If you were around Folly Beach in the 1950s, then you probably remember Kokomo’s Lounge, a popular watering hole on the corner of Center Street and Artic Avenue that was frequented by U.S. serviceman looking for a little R&R. Kokomo’s, along with Joe’s Restaurant, and the Ocean Front Hotel and Pavilion burned on April 19, 1957.
Nearly 60 years to the day of that fire, Pier 101 opened its doors. Located at the base of the Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier, the island’s newest restaurant’s signature drink is called The Kokomo, a creamy coconut cocktail that’s a salute to the classic Folly bar by the same name. In fact, much of what the Avocet Hospitality Group is doing with their newest restaurant is a nod to Folly’s golden age. The retro yellow seats and enlarged photos of vintage Folly photographs help set the tone. Pier 101 has an exclusive arrangement with Charleston County Parks, which manages the pier, to allow people to buy drinks at the restaurant and take them onto the pier. Offering beachfront dining with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Pier 101 serves classically inspired American and Southern dishes, seafood specialities and cocktails. Indoor and outdoor seating is available from 11 am – 10 pm, 7 days a week with live music on the weekends.
Obviously a restaurant on the pier is going to be a tourist attraction for out-of-towners visiting Folly,but locals are encouraged to come out and experience the newest edition to Folly’s food scene. (Credit: The Folly Current)