Banditos on oceanfront closes to make way for new Boardwalk development

A new 50,000-square-foot development on Ocean Boulevard could bring several new restaurants, retail and a live music venue to the Myrtle Beach oceanfront.

The development, which will be built on the land next to Banditos restaurant and close that restaurant while work is being completed, will create the space for several restaurants and shops. All the development’s initial tenants, including a renovated Banditos, are slated to open in spring 2018.

“This is gonna be like the new epicenter of Myrtle Beach on the oceanfront,” Patrick Marino, an owner and developer of the project, said.

The new four-level development, which Lucas said is an open-air concept with a full rooftop and a few enclosed air-conditioned spaces, will involve removing the roof from Banditos.

“You’re going to be able to feel the ocean breeze through the whole center,” Lucas said.

She said more than half of the space in the development is spoken for, but declined to identify specific businesses or brands that might occupy the development. Lucas also said the development is expected to include several eateries, including one that focuses on seafood, a venue for live music and a possible drugstore.

Marino said the owners of the restaurant have been working on the development for a long time. On Nov. 8, Myrtle Beach City Council passed first reading of a zoning adjustment allowing developers to use more of the land on their lot, but permit applications for the project have not yet been filed.

The development would be a significant addition to the Myrtle Beach oceanfront, where most lots have already been developed. Lucas and Marino declined to provide a figure for the total cost of the project.

This story was written by Chloe Johnson,