Community shows support for Veterans Cafe in Myrtle Beach

02/07/2013 10:57 AM

02/07/2013 8:15 PM

Ever since customers and others began to learn that the Veterans Cafe in Myrtle Beach would have to relocate at the end of March, supporters have offered everything from helping to pack to donating money, according to the restaurant’s owner.

Lou Mascherino, who owns the cafe with his wife, said customers have stopped by the restaurant this week and offered to help out with a move to a new location – if he’s able to find one.

Mascherino was informed Jan. 31 that he would have to move out of the building at 1144 Shine Ave. on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, and that something else was moving in. Flags and More, which shares the building with Veterans Cafe, also will have to leave.

Shine Avenue Holdings LLC, which is affiliated with Captain’s Quarters Resort, purchased the building on Jan. 30. South Carolina Bank and Trust had foreclosed on the building in November 2011.

Mascherino said he’s hoping to find a new location for his restaurant. He said he’d prefer to stay in the same general area because of its proximity to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. He said if he can’t find a nearby location, he’d likely have to close.

It is unclear what will take the place of the cafe and flag shop. Officials with Shine Avenue Holdings and Captain’s Quarters Resorts could not be reached for comment.

Myrtle Beach Vacations has applied for a building permit at that address requesting a conceptual/final review for an addition and facade alterations to the existing building.

According to a proposed floor plan included with the submission to the Community Appearance Board, the building will have offices, a call center, training area, work station and conference room, according to plans expeditor Heidi Soos with the city’s construction services division.

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