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Nibils readies for MB life

The past is the past, and it will not be dredged up in this column.

The drama between Nibils and town of Surfside Beach is so over.

The Cahill family has moved on, and they are elated about their new Myrtle Beach location, which they hope to open on Feb. 17.

On Friday, the patriarch and matriarch of the Cahill family - Jack Cahill, 66, and his wife, Margaret Cahill, 65 - chatted with me about their future.

"Oh gosh," Margaret Cahill told me. "I'm excited. I am. My insides are dancing."

Their new business address, at 3301 N. Kings Highway, is a former Pizza Hut, but with the exception of a tiny sticker attached to the entrance, a visitor would never guess at the eatery's former life.

The place has a sunny, beach ambience, which was just what the Cahills wanted.

"We brought the beach with us," said Jack Cahill, whose previous location overlooked the Atlantic from the Surfside Beach pier.

Murals, painted by Tommy Simpson of Surfside Beach, cover the walls of the dining room, which seats 112.

Each mural features a beach scene: One is of sea oats blowing in the wind. Another is pelicans flying over a man's head as he walks his dog.

Chairs are fitted with seats the color of sailor blue; benches are a glossy pine.

The carpet is electric blue, but winks of periwinkle blue streak throughout it.

Rattan fans will stir the air from the ceiling.

Seashells will be blended into the overall decor with some on shelves and others wherever they seem to fit.

"We're fired up and ready to go," Jack Cahill said, standing at the center of the dining room.

They have a 20-year lease on the building, a reality that thrills him.

"All I can say is, 'Thank you, Lord!'" he said.

This time around, the Cahills will only be serving breakfast and lunch, although much of what people knew as dinner will be on the lunch menu.

"At this stage of the game, we would like to kick back just a little," Margaret Cahill told me when I asked why they ditched dinner. "We can take that time [to spend] with each other."

The parents of five daughters and one son, all of whom were in involved in some way with the restaurant then and now, are bringing back the favorites.

The popular seafood platter is back for $16.99. The seafood omelet returns at $10.99.

A hot dog and chips will be $2.50.

Jack Cahill has also tossed in an early bird breakfast special - two eggs your way, grits or home fries, bacon or sausage, toast and jelly and coffee, tea or a fountain drink for $5. And that includes tax, y'all.

The specials will be available from 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Daily hours will be 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for breakfast and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for lunch.

Call 448-6789.

Lulu's debuts Valentine's Day

Misty Coan can put the Energizer Bunny to shame.

She barely pauses to take a breath as she talks about Lulu's Cafe.

The retro diner, at 1903 N. Ocean Blvd., in Myrtle Beach, will open on Valentine's Day with room for 87 inside and 60 outside.

The hours will be 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily until Memorial Day, when it will change to 24 hours through Labor Day.

As of this writing, she was still tweaking the menu.

Traditional breakfast offerings such as pancakes and eggs will be on there, and familiar but funky creations such as homemade banana bread French toast, fried bologna Benedict and Lowcountry egg rolls (seasoned collard greens in an egg-roll like shell).

Yet again, I must stress the menu has not yet been finalized, but she promises it will be good and that if it's in the kitchen, she'll make sure it get cooked just like you want it.

There will be six different takes on the peanut butter and jelly sandwich on the menu, including one with bananas and four different takes on the grilled cheese sandwich.

Whatever the menu, the surroundings will be cheery. The walls are painted soft daffodil yellow, fussy pink and calypso blue. Schoolhouse lights hang from the ceiling over the bar area. The checkerboard flooring is hued lime green and black.

Coan promises that and she and her staff will be just as bright and cheery.

"You better not have a bad attitude in here because we are here to make you feel good," she said.

The 35-year-old mother of two sons - 11-year-old Connor and 6-year-old Jack Jack - said since she has to work her work has to be enjoyable.

"It's important to me to have fun because I spend a lot of time away from my kids," she said. "So, if I'm going to be at work, I am going to make it fun."

Prices will start around $5 for breakfast, average $7.50 to $8 for lunch and $10 to $15 for dinner.

Call 712-1890.