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July 30, 2014

A mouthful of Myrtle Beach area restaurant news and notes

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• A family-friendly restaurant has opened its doors on Atlantic Avenue in Garden City Beach serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to tourists and locals. Family Ties offers a variety of foods, including waffles, eggs, sausage, hash browns, coffee and espressos for breakfast and tacos, salads, sandwiches and entrees that feature the restaurant’s popular waffles for dinner as well. Family Ties opens 8 a.m. daily for breakfast and closes at 2 p.m. Sunday through Tuesday. The restaurant stays open until 10 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. A coffee lounge will be added upstairs in the future. Family Ties is located at 107 Atlantic Avenue in Garden City Beach, where Nalu’s was most recently, and can be reached by dialing 651-8844.
• From 6 – 8 p.m. today, the owners of the new Mellow Mushroom located at 1101 U.S. 17 North in North Myrtle Beach will open the doors to the public for a sneak preview of the restaurant. Guests will have the chance to meet the owners, tour the space, view never-before-seen artist renderings of the gourmet pizza restaurant, and even have the opportunity to apply and interview for a potential job at the new restaurant. There will be live music, an inflatable jump castle for kids, cocktails and beer, contests, giveaways, and pizza by the slice. Attendees who show the Mellow North Myrtle Beach staff that they are a fan of their Facebook page, will also receive prizes. The party is free and open to the public.
• Headquartered in North Palm Beach, Fla., BurgerFi is one of the nation’s fastest growing all-natural burger concepts and a new location is coming to North Myrtle Beach. BurgerFi dedicates itself to dishing up burgers that are always fresh and made-to-order. Menu items include burgers, hot dogs, fries, onion rings, shakes, beer and wine. BurgerFi serves all-natural beef in a hip, environmentally-friendly atmosphere that features chairs made from recycled Coca-Cola bottles, tables made out of compressed recycled wood, and large fans that use 66 percent less electricity than nine small ceiling fans combined. The new restaurant, which is scheduled to open at 11 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 5), is located at 801 Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. The restaurant is hiring line cooks, servers, bartenders and other key employees, so if you are interested you can inquire in person from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday at the North Myrtle Beach location.
• Some of the year’s most anticipated movies are set to hit the big screen in August and Pompeian is helping Myrtle Beach movie-goers to be a little healthier as they enjoy their must-see summer flicks. Pompeian is partnering with theaters coast to coast, including the Myrtle Beach Colonial Mall 12, to offer Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil at concession stands as a healthy alternative to traditional movie theater popcorn butter through August. Pompeian is also launching the Pompeian Pledge to help consumers nationwide swap butter for olive oil in everyday recipes all month long. Starting Friday, 1,000 Facebook fans who take the pledge will be randomly selected throughout the month to win a Pompeian coupon for a free 24-ounce olive oil and a movie rental redemption code to enjoy a healthy movie night at home. To check out Pompeian’s butter-to-olive oil conversion chart, visit For more information on Pompeian products and recipes visit
•  Ichiro’s Express, a drive-through Japanese restaurant on S.C. 707 in Socastee near Socastee High School, is sporting a sign that says it is moving to a new location. Meanwhile, an Ichiro’s Express is under construction in Garden City Beach. Stay tuned.
•  Little Pigs BBQ has opened a sister location with a Murrells Inlet outpost that opened in late April in a strip mall on U.S. 17 Bypass next to the old T-Bones Steak House & Saloon (not to be confused with the T-Bonz chain).

- Additional reporting by Kent Kimes, Editor

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