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Local Restaurant Notes

For Weekly SurgeJune 5, 2012 

Robert Kleszcz is soon opening Fuego Mexican Grill & Cantina at 4871 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, which is the former location of Captain Poo's (and before that, Jimmagan's). Kleszcz has previous restaurant experience as the owner of Roberto's Italian Ice.

On Oct. 10, 2011, Robert Arroyo and Michelle Arroyo opened Country Cookin' & Sammiches for buffet lunches and sandwiches, at 4620 Dick Pond Rd. in the Socastee area of Myrtle Beach, in the Boardwalk Shopping Center. The restaurant has been closed since the third week in May, and a sign on the window says it is "in transition."

Coney Island at 3502 S.C. 544 (formerly Maryland Fried Chicken) in Conway opened in late May. Owner Johnny Daskalis (he goes by Johnny D) also has had, for many years, Coney Island Cafe in Middletown, New York. In addition to hot dogs featuring an 80-year-old chili recipe, Coney Island serves burgers, gyros, fries, wings, salads and ice cream. Coney Island is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 or 9 p.m., and the number is 347-2400. There is room to dine in, and there is a drive-through window.

Tim Bennett and Tacy Bennett recently opened Rivertown Pizza at 1315 U.S. 501 Business outside Conway, in a new strip shopping center beside Oliver's Luncheonette near the intersection with French Collins Road. The menu offers pizzas (including by the slice), calzones, stromboli, hot and cold subs, salads, wings, fried cheese, breadsticks, jalapeno poppers, cinnamon knots, manicotti, baked spaghetti and ravioli. Lunch specials are offered from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, such as a slice of cheese pizza and a drink for $3.50. Rivertown Pizza is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and until 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The number is 347-2100.

Bo-Doo's BBQ is in the former Santino's Pizza location at 3221 S.C. 701 (Main Street) in Conway, next to Nobles Auto. The owner is Kevin Doolittle. Pizza is still served, and the new barbecue menu has edged over into the pizzas with a BBQ Pork pizza. On the barbecue menu are pulled pork, brisket, pit ham, St. Louis-style ribs, smoked chicken and hot links that range in price from $7 for a barbecue sandwich with one side to Frank's Feast for $22 that includes four meats, four ribs and three sides. Sides change, and on the day I visited there were green beans, baked beans, slaw, potato salad and collards. Bo-Doo's also provides catering, and the number is 365-7777.

A third Anything Froz frozen yogurt shop is opening soon at 1300 S.C. 544 just east of Coastal Carolina University, in the former location of Coastal Cafe. Earlier this year partners Vlad Handl and Peter Scalise opened Anything Eatz, Anything Goz and Anything Froz at at 13088 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island. That three-part complex has a restaurant and bar (Eatz) a take-and-bake pizza window (Goz) and a self-serve frozen yogurt bar (Froz). They also serve great smoothies. About six weeks ago the partners took over Studio Cafe at 5341 U.S. 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet, and added an Anything Froz option.

At the opposite end of the shopping center where the new Anything Froz is located, construction continues on the new second location of Soho. The original is at 406 21st Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach. This Soho is going to be big - it takes up four units in the complex.

Cheesesteak U at 1867 S.C. 544 closed; it was originally opened in March 2010 by Dennis and Jen Howell. They sold it a year later to brothers Noel Guerrero and Alex Guerrero. Noel Guerrero passed away on April 15.

In March the original Serafino's Pizzeria and Restaurant at 587 Burcale Rd. in Myrtle Beach closed, and now its second location at 2608 N. Main St. in Conway (in the Food Lion shopping center) has also closed. A sign on the door says, "closed until further notice."

From 6-8 p.m. Saturday, a wine tasting will be held in the Live Oak Allee at Brookgreen Gardens. For $50 per person for Brookgreen members, or $65 for non-members, the evening includes samplings of 20 wines, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and live music, plus the chance to discuss your wine preferences with wine experts such as French native Francois Saudeau. Reservations are required by today (June 7) and space is limited. Call 235-6016 to save your spot.

Ring of Fire Grille is now open behind first base at Field in Myrtle Beach, sporting dramatic flames and bright orange and red hues. Within that Ring of Fire, which is open during home Pelicans baseball games, is a grill kicking out half-pound Angus Burgers, Italian Sausage, Bratwurst, Veggie Burgers and Steak Sandwiches. Baseball lovers can also get a taste of traditional Horry County cuisine with Chicken Bog Balls from the Socastee Station recipe, which was the winning recipe in the Pelicans Home Run Recipe Contest held in April.

Caribbean Island Grill has been open for a month off U.S. 501 at 3rd Avenue South, and so far owner Jerry Serrette's customers are digging Jerk Chicken, Curry Goat, Stew Beef, Ox Tail, Escoveitch Fish and more. All meals come with plantains, cabbage, peas 'n' rice and cornbread. Caribbean Island Grill is at 1346 U.S. 501 in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 443-4213. It's open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.

Moe Moons is in the former Marvin's Food & Spirits at 918 N. Ocean Blvd., at the north end of a row of restaurants, bars and beach shops within sight of the Skywheel. Now local longtime businessmen Steve Taylor and Bill Prescott are the owners, and they're serving appetizers priced at $3.50-$9.50, entree salads for $7-$10, hot dogs (including foot-longs) for $2.50-$6, taco plates for $6-$8 and several burgers for $5. The cocktail menu is extensive; they serve just about any fruity concoction you could want. Happy hour is from 4-7 p.m., when some drinks are discounted a little. Moe Moons is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and the number is 448-4926.

Surf Diner, a new restaurant on Surfside Pier in Surfside Beach, is scheduled to open at the end of June and is hiring all positions. Apply in person at the restaurant between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Coming soon to 9259 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island (across from Food Lion) is Lumpy's Bar & Grill, a seafood restaurant.

For every Local Legendary Burger (a.k.a. The Hurricane Burger) sold at Hard Rock Cafe in Myrtle Beach through June 30, $5 will be donated to Citizens Against Spouse Abuse. The $13.95 burger is a 10-ounce Certified Angus Beef patty topped with Pepper Jack cheese, lemon mayonnaise, garlic chipotle sauce, lettuce, tomato and onion frizzles. CASA is a private, nonprofit agency serving people affected by domestic abuse by providing quality safety and shelter to battered women and their children in the greater Horry County area. CASA also provides a variety of support services. Hard Rock Cafe is at 1322 Celebrity Circle at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 946-0007.

Many locals remember Santa Fe Station, a North Myrtle Beach restaurant that had a real train car as part of its structure, and a model train trundled from room to room on a track mounted high on the walls. The train car is gone and a new building was constructed at 1101 U.S. 17 N.; now it's Dirty Dick's Crab House. General Manager Dale Green is inviting all fans of Santa Fe Station to come from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, for a party to reminisce. The day will include many food and drink specials including Oysters, Lowcountry Boil, Rum Punch and a Bloody Mary Bar. Live music by Sea Breeze and Double Trouble, plus complimentary Santa Fe Station Burgers while they last.

Among area commercial foreclosures is Little Brazil Restaurant at 405 Broadway St. in Myrtle Beach. It was launched in 2010 by partners Ricardo Santos, Edmardo Cardoso and Gloria Mendes.

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