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Legendary old place on Myrtle Beach’s restaurant row reinvented as new happy hour spot

THE LOCALE | La Festa Ristorante Italiano & Piano Bar

THE LOWDOWN | Wine, live music, happy hour deals and authentic Italian food... you can get it all at a new establishment open on Restaurant Row. It's La Festa Ristorante Italiano & Piano Bar, and that's where we went for happy hour this week.

This new locale took over the location of the iconic Myrtle Beach restaurant, Cagney's Old Place Restaurant. Cagney's closed its doors in 2012 after being a Restaurant Row favorite for more than 30 years, but now patrons can visit their old stomping grounds.

Some of Cagney's historical furnishings remain inside La Festa Ristorante Italiano & Piano Bar, such as the wooden archway from the Ocean Forest Hotel, stained glass that came from South Carolina churches, and a 16th century door that came from a Spanish villa that now serves as a window to separate the bar area from a dining area. In addition to the main bar area and finer dining areas, there's a piano lounge with a bar, small high-top tables, red leather couches and a grand piano.

The lounge offers nightly live music including live jazz twice a week. The atmosphere is upbeat and lively and patrons consist of locals, business owners and a mature crowd. Manhattans and Old Fashions are popular drinks, and the establishment offers high-end bourbons as well as an extensive wine list. There are even two sommeliers on staff who specialize in wine. In fact, the items on the menu have recommended pairing wines. Italian Chef Matteo Cazzin created the authentic Italian food menu which includes pasta, a variety of entrees and brick oven pizzas.

Happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m. daily. Drink deals include $3 house wines, $3 vodkas and $1 discounts on draft beers (making them $3-$4). You can also snag half-price deals on all appetizers including shrimp, oysters and rabbit with giardiniera.

TIPS | La Festa opens daily at 4 p.m.

FIND IT | 9911 North Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach. Call 945-9288.

Mandy Rodgers, for Weekly Surge

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