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Dakotas ready for debut
Dakota’s Grille is moving into the old T-Bones location and is expected to open this weekend. - photo by Photo by Rick Lott

A new restaurant is getting ready to open in Rincon and it’s going to be a large one. Dakota’s Grille and Spirits is opening in the former location of T-Bones on Highway 21. Restaurant manager Robert Henson said the restaurant will hold about 175 people and will feature a separate banquet room that can accommodate 50.

“We want to make it affordable for the average person to eat,” said Henson, a restaurant industry veteran who spent 11 years with the Hilliard’s group. “We want to be able to offer dinners for the children as well. With the economy the way it is, we want to offer a good value to the customer. We’re also going to provide great service and I think that’s the thing that’s going to set us apart from other restaurants.”

He said they will offer catering in the area and will be hiring between 50 and 75 people. One feature of the restaurant is live entertainment on the weekends. He said they are going to book country and southern rock bands, but they plan to keep the volume down so customers can enjoy the entertainment but still have conversations at their tables.

Their menu will be varied and will include everything from ribs and chicken to angus burgers and their signature one-pound spud.

“We’re going to have everything that you’d want in a restaurant but at an affordable price,” Henson said. “So you won’t have to go to Pooler or Savannah to have a good place to go and eat.”

He also said they plan to offer a low price, quick lunch special and will offer beer and wine for now, a full bar later.

Dakota’s is scheduled to open on May 28 for a Memorial Day weekend opening. Hours are 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and open a bit longer on the weekend for the entertainment.

“I expect this place to be packed out from the time it opens to the time it closes,” Henson said.