Quaker Steak and Lube, a popular automotive-themed sports bar specializing in wings, is expected to open a new location in Garden City on U.S. 17 Business, while a new pancake restaurant will move in next door and be flipping flapjacks by Easter.
Initial sketch plans filed with Horry County confirm that the popular franchise would be the new tenant for the building just north of Atlantic Avenue that formerly housed Murphy’s Law South.
Steve Powell, project engineer for Venture Engineering, said a franchise agreement has not been signed with the incoming business. However, he did confirm that the Murphy’s location was being torn down to make way for a new sports bar that is expected to be open by Memorial Day.
The popular wings bar has locations in 16 states and features a decor of race cars, motorcycles, Corvettes and other motor-themed memorabilia, according to the restaurant’s web page.
“The Lube is still rescuing muscle cars, vintage cars, trucks and a vast selection of custom and antique motorcycles, giving them good homes hanging from the walls and ceilings in each restaurant,” the website said.
Powell said that a small building adjacent to the rear of the Murphy’s property will be converted to an outdoor dining patio, which would allow seating of up to 300 in the new restaurant. The roof and windows will be removed, but the exterior brick wall will remain to surround the courtyard.
The majestic live oak trees that shade the parking lot will remain untouched, keeping the patio cool in the summertime for outdoor dining, Powell said.
The renovation and the new businesses will give the center “a different kind of atmosphere,” Powell said.
A vacant building next door is being gutted and renovated into a log building for Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin, Powell said. The Tennessee-based chain of family restaurants serves classic country breakfasts. The building most recently housed the Pink Pony club and was a steakhouse prior to that.
Additionally, a new facility for King Produce will open in the rear parking lot behind both buildings.
“They will remain a fixture in Garden City – King Produce has been there for 40 years,” Powell said. “That’s where you have to go for the best boiled peanuts.”
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