In March 2017, our Beaufort office had the privilege to begin a business relationship with Lantz Price, Owner of Plums, Inc. The opportunity came as Lantz was planning an expansion to his business in a third restaurant concept – Hearth Wood Fired Pizza & Eatery, which is now in the final phase of renovation & construction in the Historic District of Downtown Beaufort, SC.
Plums, Inc. was owned in 1987 by Lantz’s parents and began as a small luncheon shop. Since becoming involved in the family business, Lantz expanded the original Plums restaurant to offer a full dinner menu and expanded seating. Since that time this business has blossomed into a community fixture and remains the longest operating restaurant in downtown Beaufort. In 2002, under the Plums, Inc. corporate veil, Lantz opened up Saltus River Grill as an upscale, fine dining experience.
The new Hearth concept is slated to open this month, May 2017, as a casual Italian pasta & salad eatery with a full bar, specializing in authentic wood-fired pizza. Hearth is occupying one of the oldest structures in the Beaufort Historic District, which was originally built in 1797.
Tourism is a central focus of the Beaufort economy, so the restaurant and lodging businesses are critical to supporting the growth of this sector. We continue to support Beaufort businesses’ growth through customized and responsive lending, deposit and merchant services.
Authored by: Tom Hermann, Ameris Bank Market President -Beaufort, South Carolina