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The restaurant is a seafood house with a tropical bent.

Having successfully occupied the better part of a downtown half-block bounded by John, Hutson and King Streets, Holy City Hospitality this month opened its first off-peninsula outpost. The Islander on Daniel Island is a seafood house with a tropical bent, as evidenced by the conch chowder, jerk fish tacos and steel drum band that shows up on weekend evenings.

But a press release stresses that "The Islander will provide something for everyone," which means steamed mussels, grilled salmon and a burger. Executive chef John Whisenant's menu also includes an extensive selection of sushi.

"We knew this was an area looking for more dining options," general manager Eric Foor is quoted as saying. "People here on the island love dining outside with fresh food."

One week after it opened, The Islander closed for three days of renovations. "The projects being completed during the temporary closing will offer more enjoyable experiences for customers," a notice from the restaurant pledged.

The Islander, 160 Fairchild St., is open 5-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 5-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday. The bar opens at 4 p.m., and lunch hours are in the works. For more information, call 388-6366 or visit holycity