▪ Down in Murrells Inlet, a new seafood restaurant is in the making.
The Claw House will be located on the marsh walk, next to Dead Dog Saloon and the Crazy Sister Marina. This new seafood eatery plans on specializing in lobster, according to their page, facebook.com/theclawhouse. As of this moment, an opening date has not been released, but they encourage checking back regularly for updates. They don’t have a phone number yet, but their official address is 4078 U.S. 17 Business, Murrells Inlet.
▪ Tucked away next to the Cooper House in Socastee, feet away from the drawbridge, the old Sawkastee Bait and Tackle store is no longer in business.
Around the end of June, a new restaurant quietly took over, named The Porch. This is the owner’s second restaurant, since Ramani’s Pizza on Forestbrook Road has been running for quite a few years now.
Cozy and quaint, The Porch is bringing in business by offering a surprising array of food on the menu, plus catering, delivery and takeout.
Of course, some customers come in still expecting fish and tackle, but for the moment, The Porch is just a restaurant. Small they may be, but the people behind the menu have decided to be creative and provide some unusual dishes, like the Uncle Ernie’s eggroll or catfish cake.
The Porch also has ice cream for dessert that can be enjoyed by the scoop or as a shake. They have vanilla and chocolate of course, but also a few other options like a Reese’s shake.
Currently, their hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and a little note on their door indicates 11a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and Monday.
Although their menu encourages guests to find them on Facebook, their page has been difficult to find. Nonetheless, this new little restaurant can still be reached at 843-236-6060.
▪ Fats at the Warehouse located in historic downtown Conway at 104 Laurel St. celebrated its reopening on July 23 with a ribbon cutting.
Now just called The Warehouse, this popular joint is back in swing and looking to improve its reputation. Besides sharpening the place up, this bar and grill is now smoke-free, except for some seating outdoors.
The Warehouse now boasts a new draft machine for some great beers. Happy hour deals are from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday which includes $1.75 for domestic draft beers and a few discounted appetizers.
The menu isn’t too large, but the main reason to visit The Warehouse isn’t necessarily the food in the first place. The Warehouse remains a great place to go to for local and live music in downtown Conway. Since reopening, The Warehouse has also started bingo nights on every other Tuesday, with the winner getting a certificate to The Warehouse.
Their page, facebook.com/pages/the-warehouse, provides regularly updated information on these events, including a fish fry. The Warehouse is open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Friday, and closes at midnight on Saturday. They can also be reached at 843-248-3287.
▪ The Fat Cat Café in Carolina Forest has closed its doors. This charming coffee shop had been in business for about a year, bringing coffee and food for the nearby residents to enjoy. They also used to have local bands perform weekly, plus open mic nights for anyone to enjoy. The numerous happy customers on their Facebook page will surely be sad to see them gone.