Living Here Guide

Developments across Grand Strand bring new restaurants, businesses

Across the Grand Strand new businesses have been popping up, ranging from restaurants to retail stores.

North Strand development

The North Strand has seen many new restaurants, with one still set to open later this summer.

Cook Out, located at 205 U.S. 17, offers everything from hamburgers to chicken, BBQ, hot dogs and more.

Antonio’s Italian Restaurant and Bar is coming to North Myrtle Beach, located at 808 Sea Mountain Hwy.

The new building consists of the restaurant on the ground floor and an entertainment bar on the second level, along with a view of the marsh.

“It’s going to be the biggest restaurant in Cherry Grove,” said director of operations Danny Gorman Jr.

Already opened restaurants include Ledo Pizza and Panera Bread.

Ledo Pizza is located at 220 U.S. 17 North, specializes in a sweet sauce, square, pastry-like crust and smoked provolone, according to owner Melanie McMurrain.

“If you’ve had it and know what it is and what makes it special, you’ll really really like it,” said McMurrain.

The chain restaurant also includes a full bar and sit-down seating.

Panera Bread, located at 1296 U.S. 17, opened on July 18.

Other Panera Bread locations across the Grand Strand include Carolina Forest, along U.S. 501 and Debo Drive, and Myrtle Beach, located at 1370 South Commons Drive off of S.C. 544.

As for retail, the third phase of construction at Coastal North Town Center was started earlier this spring. So far the development has brought HomeGoods, Burlington, Burkes and West Marine to North Myrtle Beach.

The shopping center already includes a Publix, Hobby Lobby, Dick’s Sporting Goods and more.

According to North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling, the center is popular among shoppers in North Myrtle Beach.

“It is one of several very popular commercial destinations in the city limits,” Dowling said in an email. “It has added significantly to the mix of contemporary stores, restaurants and other commercial offerings.”

Another shopping center is in the works for the North end, located at the former Antique Mart.

According to Derrick Mozingo of Mozingo + Wallace, the architects of the site, both national and local tenants are being considered for the center, but a complete list is not yet available.

ALDI opened its first Grand Strand location in March, located at 244 U.S. 17 North in North Myrtle Beach.

Central Strand development

Throughout the Central Strand development has been booming, with new restaurants at Broadway at the Beach and various new stores throughout the area.

Topgolf has plans to come to Myrtle Beach, located at the corner of Grissom Parkway and 29th Ave. North.

The 38,382-square-foot building will be made up of three floors which will include various driving ranges, a restaurant and outdoor patios, offering a place where people can go rain or shine.

At the site of Banditos, developers are planning a new Beach Club that would bring restaurants, retail and a live music venue.

The former The Gold Club location has a new resident, Spa Ultra Lounge, which opened on June 16.

The restaurant, which opens for lunch and dinner beginning at noon, will serve Latino and Caribbean dishes such as burgers, bowls, steak and chicken dishes and more.

At night, the restaurant turns into a club where customers will be able to enjoy the bar, dance, smoke hooka and order from a small menu.

Daville Skate Shop opened its Myrtle Beach location in early June.

The shop, which specializes in skateboarding products that range from clothes and shoes to skateboards themselves, aims its goals toward developing an already large skateboarding community in Myrtle Beach.

Krispy Kreme opened along U.S. 501.

According to Miles Herring, franchise owner, “the growth of Myrtle Beach and the need of Carolina Forest to have a Krispy Kreme” as well as the availability of lots are all reasons that Herring decided to move his franchise into the area.

Herring also has Krispy Kreme locations in Wilmington, N.C., Charleston and Jacksonville, N.C.

The address for Krispy Kreme is 101 Rodeo Drive.

RipTydz opened in mid-August.

General manager Dave Goodbread said the restaurant will bring a fun, beach, laid-back atmosphere to the boulevard, with concert series on Saturday afternoons as well as live music every night.

“We want to be associated with downtown Myrtle Beach,” Goodbread said. “It’s really an ideal location for us. We only see growth in this location.”

Around Broadway at the Beach, Carolina Ale House opened its doors, located at the former Planet Hollywood spot.

“It’s a great location. Not quite in Broadway, but is easily accessible from [U.S.] 17, as well as for people coming from Broadway,” said marketing director of the Sullivan Management Division Lea Cooper.

Based out of Raleigh N.C., the chain restaurant will serve 60 beers on tap.

“We will be serving a full menu made from scratch from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m.,” said Cooper.

At Broadway at the Beach, Dave and Buster’s opened on June 5.

The restaurant and entertainment center offers a variety of food and drink items as well as hundreds of dynamic arcade games.

The two-story restaurant is replacing the old location of the Hard Rock pyramid. The Sun News reported that the building is designed to look like a warehouse and will be more than 40,000-square-feet.

South Strand development

The South Strand has been booming with new housing developments, but a number of new restaurants have also been popping up.

Located at 3280 U.S. 17 Business South, Mellow Mushroom is set to open September 18 after announcing the new development in early February.

The new restaurant will be the third location for Mellow Mushroom across the Grand Strand, with locations in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach.

Mellow Mushroom is a chain pizzeria that offers calzones, pizza and craft beer.

In Murrells Inlet a new bar, The Whiskey Fish opened on June 23.

The Whiskey Fish features over 50 different whiskeys and classic tavern-style food with a lowcountry twist to it.

“You can really step into the world of whiskey,” part-owner David Sapp said.

Located at 3415 U.S. 17 South, The Whiskey Fish features whiskey infused glazes as well as fresh seafood, taking advantage of the Murrells Inlet seafood community when available.

Fat Tony’s New York Pizza & East Coast Eatery, located at 3120 U.S. 17 Business South is more than another pizza shop.

For Tony Iannice the shop is a lifelong dream of Iannice and his grandfather, Frank Yannich.

“I’ve spent the last year or more with this idea in my head,” Iannice said in an email. “It has my name, my grandfather’s face and the unique East Coast eatery I came up with since I didn’t want to be known as just a typical pizzeria and restaurant.”

Setting out with that idea in mind, Iannice created a restaurant that will feature everything from New York style pizza, sandwiches, soups and salads, stromboli, calzones and more.

A new Mexican restaurant, Luna Mexican Del Corazon, opened over the summer, located at 4450 U.S. 17 Bypass.

“What we do here is totally different from what the other Mexican restaurants do around town,” said executive chef Armando Cobian. “Our fresh table-side guacamole is something that nobody else in town does. We’re going to have several other things that we’re going to change periodically, everyday or every week. We’re celebrating everything that has to do with life.”

The menu is aimed at bringing real Mexican food, with a little bit of Tex-Mex in it, to the Grand Strand, along with unique twists, such as guacamole made at the table.

Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom also opened over the summer, featuring over 40 craft beer selection on tap as well as Chicago-style pizza and food.

“The Garden City area didn’t really have anything new and exciting to see so that’s why we brought it here,” said Todd Goins, general manager of the Garden City Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom.

The restaurant,part of a national chain, with other locations in Columbia, Fayetteville, N.C. and Jacksonville, N.C., is located at the former Murphy’s Law South location at 2859 U.S. 17 Bypass.

ALDI in Surfside opened in April, located at 2625 Beaver Run Blvd.

Megan Tomasic: 843-626-0343, @MeganTomasic