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Hot Pour | Calda’s bartender is just a panther lookin’ for a cougar

Christopher Brandell at Calda's Coal Fire Pizza and Sports Bar in Myrtle Beach. Photo by Derrick Bracey for The Surge.
Christopher Brandell at Calda's Coal Fire Pizza and Sports Bar in Myrtle Beach. Photo by Derrick Bracey for The Surge.

Bartender

▪ Christopher Brandell, 28

Bar

▪ Calda's Coal Fire Pizza and Sports Bar

How long have you been bartending? Legally for 10 years. My grandfather owner a bar so I’ve been around bars since I was six.

Where you from? North Jersey, up by Giants Stadium.

How long have you been on the Grand Strand? I moved down here in May.

What do you miss most about north Jersey? I miss being so close to New York and Atlantic City. I could be in the Lincoln Tunnel in 20 minutes.

Did you ever visit the Jersey Shore? Oh yeah.

What are the biggest differences in the Jersey Shore and here? It’s a lot cleaner down here. I met a guy on the beach down here, and we were talking about how people collect sea glass in Jersey. You know those pieces of glass that have been eroded by the ocean. They’re colorful and rounded and people collect them and put them in bowls as decoration or use them as crafts. So, I’m telling the guy of the beach this and he says to me, ‘Yeah, down here we call that pollution.’

What have you liked the most about living on the Grand Strand? I love the beach and the friendliness of the people here.

What do you like the least about living on the Grand Stand? I haven’t been down here long enough to find things I dislike yet.

Are you single? Yep, I’m just a panther looking for a cougar.

So what’s your sign, panther? I’m a Libra. I rule my world with an iron fist wrapped in a velvet glove.

By Derrick Bracey, For The Surge

SIGNATURE DRINK

▪ Junebug

(vodka, peach schnapps, Midori, pineapple juice)

If you drink

Where | Calda’s Coal Fire Pizza and Sports Bar, 1311 N. Kings Highway, Myrtle Beach

Hours | 11:30 a.m. to late night – Monday through Saturday and 3 p.m. to late night on Sunday

Info | 843-232-7477

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