Fresh fish and produce are the menu stars, and the staff tosses the fish around and calls out orders as part of the dining experience at the new TBonz Restaurant Group concept, Flying Fish Public Market & Grill, which is now open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It’s waterfront by the Intracoastal Waterway at 4744 U.S. 17 S. at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, and the number is 663-3474.
The new Ultimate California Pizza Game Zone is now open at 959 Lake Arrowhead Road in Myrtle Beach, in the former location of Umi Pacific Grille. The concept takes the UCP menu and more than 60 electronic games and rolls them into a Dave-and-Buster-meets-Chuck-E.-Cheese-with-a-decent-menu package. Dance, Dance Revolution and Guitar Hero tournaments are planned, and there are games for Baby Boomers (Galaga, Centiped) as well as for active tweeners such as one called Laser Frenzy where you go in a dark room and try to elude laser beams. It's open from 11 a.m. to midnight weekdays and until 1 a.m. on the weekends, and the number is 449-1160.
Bourbon St. Bar & Grill opened at 5307 N. Kings Highway in the Pine Lakes area of Myrtle Beach. Owners are Jimmy Byrne, a Dubliner who married Myrtle Beach native Theresa Barbieri Byrne 14 years ago; and artist Giuseppe Chillico. The cozy space has an underground speakeasy ambiance, in a fun way. Byrne says while happy hour from 4-7 p.m. is anticipated for specials, Bourbon St. is more of a late-night business where the crowds start building at about 9 or 10 p.m. On the tapas-style menu are Louisiana Pan-Fried Fish Cakes with Bourbon St. Secret Sauce, Wasabi Tuna, Fried Cod Fish Bites, Seafood Nachos, Bourbon St. Sliders, a Big Easy Burger, Bourbon St. Shrimp Po’ Boy, Peel and Eat Shrimp, Wings, and Chicken Fingers with Tabasco/honey/mustard dipping sauce. The number is 712-1083.
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The infamous Bubba Love, an employee at Drunken Jack’s restaurant in Murrells Inlet who was commemorated a few years ago with his own statue on the Marsh Walk, now has a bar named after him. Bubba’s Love Shak opened March 5 on the waterfront next door to Drunken Jack’s and Capt. Dave’s Dockside Restaurant. You can see photos and read Bubba Love’s biography at BubbasLoveShak.com.
Chantz Sports Bar & Grill opened Feb. 6 in the former location of N’Zone Sports Bar & Grill, and Darrin Hubbell, formerly of Mr. Fish, is supplying a menu full of crowd pleasers. Chantz is at 201 Graduate Blvd., across U.S. 501 from Coastal Carolina University in University Commons. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to close, and the number is (843) 349-9994.
Tim Stout, who has much bartending and restaurant management experience between Crocodile Rocks and Ruby Tuesday, opened Oinks Bar-B-Q at 4505 Socastee Blvd. On the menu are smoked beef brisket, chicken and pork. The restaurant’s slogan is, “So Good You’ll Squeal.” Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and the number is 293-OINK (6465).
Cheesesteak U opened near Coastal Carolina University, and proprietors Dennis and Jen Howell are serving sandwiches on toasted genuine Amoroso rolls from Philadelphia. They also have hoagies such as the Italian Sausage and Chicken Parmesan; burgers; side and entrée salads; and sandwiches including Smothered Chicken and Buffalo Chicken. Cheesesteak U is at 1867 S.C. 544 just east of Conway, and the number is 234-2666. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Sone Rasavong brought hibachi meals to the south end of the Grand Strand, in the former Eggs Up Grill location in the Litchfield area of Pawleys Island. He serves Spring Rolls, Vegetable and Shrimp Tempura, Dumplings, Miso Soup, salads, wraps, chicken, steak, shrimp and scallop hibachi bowls, sushi and entrees such as Teriyaki Chicken, Steak and Scallop, Mahi Mahi, Salmon and Filet Mignon with Lobster. Sone Hibachi is at 13088 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island, and the number is 979-0402.
Cecil Chandler of WMBF News 13 and two partners opened a Surfside Beach restaurant called Cecil’s Italian Grill. A large outdoor dining area is filled with wrought iron furniture, and at the front of the building, beside the outdoor dining patio, is an ice cream parlor called April’s. Behind the main dining room is a building with a second story where up to 60 diners can book private parties. The restaurant menu features classic Italian fare. Cecil’s Italian Grill is at 531 U.S. 17 S. in Surfside Beach, and the number is 839-4800.
Local experienced restaurateurs Todd and Sharon Tavares recently opened Forestbrook 50’s Diner and Ice Cream. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner; a few menu items include French Toast, Pancakes, Chicken Sandwiches, Burgers, Subs, Salads and $10 home-style dinners such as Pot Roast with carrots, corn, green beans, mashed potatoes and gravy. They also have Hershey’s Ice Cream and luscious house-made cheesecakes. Forestbrook 50’s Diner is at 2523 Forestbrook Road, and the number is 236-1505. It’s open from 6:50 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and from 8:50 a.m. to 8:50 p.m. Sundays.
Where there used to be a second location of Michael's Pizza and Pasta there is now Dog House Pizza, and they deliver until 6 a.m. Dog House Pizza is connected to the Dog House Bar at 9814 N. Kings Highway, and the restaurant is a calm, easy-going little cafe. You can see the entire menu at DogHousePizza.com, and the number is 497-4992. It's open from 4 p.m. to 6 a.m. Mondays through Fridays, 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturdays and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays.
A new second location of Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina opened May 7 in Barefoot Landing. Chris Tobin, owner of this location and the area’s original location at 38th Avenue North in Myrtle Beach, said the new Salsarita’s has the same menu and prices including a full bar and made-to-order burritos, tacos and more. Salsarita’s at Barefoot Landing is open daily from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and the number is 427-7183.
The Shack, formerly The Biscuit Shack, opened in May with new owners. Scott Childers and Todd Fineran are experienced restaurateurs who purchased the former 40-year-old Biscuit Shack after longtime owner Nora “Boots” Jordan passed away in November. The Shack serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The carryout window is still in place, and orders can be called in at 663-3636. The Shack is at 1128 Sea Mountain Highway in the Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach.
Jack DeBruhl’s BBQ is now open at 107 Atlantic Ave., a half-block west of Garden City Pier. It’s open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the number is 357-4234. Owner Jim Collins named the restaurant Jack DeBruhl’s in honor of the building’s original owner. Every table has wood trough-like holder for five big plastic squeeze bottles of barbecue sauce: Texas, North Carolina, Louisiana Pepper, Memphis and Carolina Gold. There are Pulled Pork Barbecue, Beef Brisket, Ribs and Barbecue Chicken, plus sides such as Macaroni and Cheese, Pork Hash, Lima Beans, Coleslaw and Sweet Potato Souffle. Jack DeBruhl’s also serves breakfasts, including egg platters, omelets, pancakes, waffles, French Toast and meats. Specialties of the house include Eggs Benedict ($7.29) and Stuffed French Toast ($6.29). Biscuits and Gravy is $4. They also have a $6 all-you-care-to-eat breakfast special.Joe O’Shell, formerly the executive chef at Aspen Grille, is now the chef/proprietor at Baja Grill & Bar at 504 16th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach. He is serving a flavorful menu of casual seafood such as Fish Tacos and Shrimp Quesadillas. The number is (843) 213-1551 and it’s open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; the bar is open later.
Scotty Smith, with the help of his parents, Helen and Randy Smith, opened his third restaurant. Scotty already had Ichiro’s Japanese hibachi and sushi restaurant at 4551 U.S. 501 in Myrtle Beach, across from the Tanger Outlet stores. His second location was a smaller Ichiro’s Express at 4684 Socastee Blvd. Now another Ichiro’s Express opened May 17 at 1225 38th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach, in the former location of Jimmy’s Japanese Hibachi. It will have the same menu as the Ichiro’s in Socastee and offer delivery and catering. Hours of operation will be daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the number is (843) 839-5678.
Yes, the building is for sale, but no, Phillips Seafood is not closed. Executive Chef Dave Porter said on April 30 that the restaurant’s market is still open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. The World Cuisine Buffet that was launched there has been removed, and an a la carte menu was reinstated in the main dining room starting in the middle of May. However if the building sells, Phillips will have to leave. Phillips Seafood is at 1803 21st Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 626-2722.
The saddle bar stools are gone; after a couple of months downtime for remodeling, Bovine’s Wood Fired Specialties has reopened with glowing new ambiance. The new decor is less cattle-and Southwest-inspired and more upscale with golden and green earthy tones. There’s also a new menu; a few choices include Chicken Eggroll with Creole Mustard; Blackened Beef Tenderloin with smoked coleslaw and orange horseradish marmalade; Grilled Vegetable Pizza; Kansas City Strip; Grilled Mixed Sausages; and Shrimp and Grits with roasted red pepper cream sauce. Bovine’s is at 3979 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. It's open from 4:30-10 p.m. daily, and the number is 651-2888.
Crystalite Cafe launched dinner service in May. The popular breakfast and lunch eatery will transition to evening with the use of tablecloths, candles and an entrancing menu. Executive Chef Carlton Hennigan is preparing dishes such as Ahi Tuna Salad, Tomato Basil Soup, She-Crab Soup, and a Trio of Filet Mignon, Stuffed Pork and Mahi-Mahi topped with Pineapple Chutney. Dinner is served from 5-10 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Crystalite is at 799 U.S. 17 S. in Surfside Beach, and the number is 839-9080.
You get to learn and eat: Local chef Debbie Turner is conducting cooking classes designed for singles and couples several times a week in a new gorgeously appointed kitchen classroom at the back of Kitchen Capers, which is located at 5001 N. Kings Highway in the Rainbow Harbor shopping center. There is room for 8-10 students at each class. Check the schedule at KitchenCapersCookingSchool.com; reservations can be made by calling 449-4221.
Two local hot dog restaurants are closed. Krazy Dawgs, which was opened in March 2009 by RSR Food Group, was at 2450 U.S. 501 E. just east of Conway. Brothers Jim Hardy and Scott Roughton opened Dawg Eat Dog in November 2009; it was at 504 16th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach.
Five O’Clock Somewhere at 1803 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach closed after five years in business.
After seven months in business, John and Faye Staub closed their restaurant called The Landing across Seaboard Street from Coastal Grand Mall. The couple moved to the Grand Strand from Ocean City, Md., and John Staub has been in the restaurant business all his life. They did an extensive renovation on the property, including rewiring the restaurant before it opened. The interior decor was remodeled to become a sleek upscale sports pub.
Lone Star Steakhouse & Saloon at 9320 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach closed on April 19. At its peak in 2006, the company had 222 restaurants; today that number is 134.
Country Diner at 9408 S.C. 707 closed in April.
Southside Frankie’s was at 117 Rivertown Blvd. in Conway, in Rivertown Commons, until March 6. The restaurant opened in 2008, but now owners and brothers, Leon Petersen and Mark Petersen, have shut it down. The men still own Pizza Romana at 701 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach.
The prototype mini Beef O’Brady’s that opened in the spring of 2009 at 10337 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island has closed. Randy and Cindi Welsh were the owners, and they still own and operate the Beef O’Brady’s in Georgetown at 1133 N. Fraser St.