• The Short Bar at 4078 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet was evicted on June 20, and on June 27 a new owner, Tom Davis, was making plans to turn the site into the Marsh Walk Market. Davis is one of several partners in the new venture, which will feature a vintage-style enclosed brick courtyard where South Carolina artists and food producers can sell their products.
• Little Pigs BBQ at 6102 Frontage Rd. in Myrtle Beach, owned by Robert Huffling and Connie Huffling, has reopened after a June 3 cooker fire caused it to close for a few weeks. The number there is 692-9774.
• Meanwhile, a new Little Pigs BBQ, owned by Jason Rogers and Susan Rogers, opened recently at 3901 Dick Pond Rd. in the Socastee area of Myrtle Beach, at Big Block Junction in the former Double D’s Diner. Douglas Rogers, Jason’s father, opened the original Little Pigs in 1977 in Greenville. The menu at the new Little Pigs features chopped pork, ribs, barbecue hash, chopped chicken, side dishes and from-scratch desserts. The number is 808-0238, and it’s open for lunch and dinner Mondays through Saturdays.
• Rivertown Grill is soon opening at 2635 Main St. in Conway. The restaurant will serve omelets, French toast and pancakes for breakfast, and burgers, hot dogs, chicken and wings later in the day. It will also have free WiFi. The number is 488-4466.
• Tomo Japanese Hibachi has opened in the former location of Ichiro’s Express at 1225 38th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and the number is 839-4530.
• The Gator Island Grill and Bar at 4505 Socastee Blvd. in Myrtle Beach became Niki’s Bar & Grill on July 1. Niki Maher is a longtime bartender at The Gator, and she and her husband, Tom Maher, are the new owners.
• Solano’s Trattoria at 328 Laurel St. in Conway is planning to open for dinner service sometime this week. Hugo Solano and Vitaliy Miroff are the owners, and on June 28 Miroff was putting final touches on the decor. The restaurant will serve dishes such as Pork Saltimbocca, Eggplant Parmesan, Calamari and pizzas including Margherita and Toscana. Dinner hours will be 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and the number is 488-4008. Eventually lunch hours will also be added.
• The Breakfast Klub restaurant off S.C. 707 in Murrells Inlet has a new breakfast item called Banana Split French Toast. Priced at $7, the dish has three pieces of French Toast made with Texas Toast topped with a fresh halved banana, fresh strawberries and pineapple chunks, whipped cream, walnuts and chocolate syrup. The Breakfast Klub is in St. James Plaza at 10799 S.C. 707 in Murrells Inlet, and the phone number is 650-9001.
• Lucky Dog Grille has opened in the former location of Delaney’s Dog Haus (and before that, Hot Dog Queen), in the J. Mike Plaza off S.C. 707. The owners are Chuck Murphy and Dana Murphy, and the general manager is Leon Brown. Brown has a secret spicy cabbage-filled sauce he’s serving on the restaurant’s hot dogs called Lucky Slawce. The restaurant also serves burgers, salads, barbecue, Philly Cheese Steak, wings and Fried Pickle Chips. Lucky Dog Grille is at 8724 S.C. 707 in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 748-0936. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and free delivery is offered to local businesses.
Coffee lovers who visit the new Coffee Cave at 1744 U.S. 501 in Myrtle Beach enter through an arch of running water, and after they’ve purchased their specialty coffees they can relax in massage chairs and tap into free WiFi. The house coffee is called Caveman’s Brew, a special blend designed to match an Alaskan coffee called Raven’s Brew. Chai and hot chocolate are also available in addition to Harney & Sons hot teas, iced tea and lemonade. Food choices include cold cereals, Ghirardelli chocolates, biscotti and chocolate-covered espresso beans. Coffee Cave is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and the number is 443- 2283.
• A new restaurant called Graham’s Landing is going into the former Cedar Hill Landing Restaurant & Oyster Roast at 5225 U.S. 17 Business S. in Murrells Inlet. Graham Plummer and Greg Plummer are the owners, and they’ll serve steaks, seafood, burgers, wings. They plan to open in five to seven weeks.
Hillbilly’s Still ’n’ Grill at 3389 S.C. 9 in Little River has closed.
• Redi-et Ethiopian Cuisine in downtown Myrtle Beach has a new $6.50 vegetarian lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. two days per week: Wednesdays and Saturdays. The buffet includes Atkilt Alicha (potatoes, green beans and carrots with ginger and garlic); Misir Wat (red split lentils); Misir Alicha (lentils with garlic, onions, ginger turmeric and more); Kik Kei Wat (peas with red chili pepper powder and more); Kil Alicha (split peas, mild); Cabbage Wat; Gomen (collards); Shiro Wat (sun-dried peas and beans); Spinach; lettuce/tomato salad; rice; and Injera bread. Redi-et is at 746 Main St. in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 238-2879.
• The second location of Carolina Fish Fry (the original is at 4267 Broad St. in Loris) has opened at 4515 U.S. 17 S. in North Myrtle Beach, across from Barefoot Landing. The restaurant moved from 801 Main St. in North Myrtle Beach, where Royal Fish Fry is now located. Carolina Fish Fry opens daily at 11 a.m., and it has a drive-through window. The number for the North Myrtle Beach location is 273-0258. Soon a third Carolina Fish Fry will open at 2301 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, where a Bojangle’s was formerly located.
• On Sunday(July 8), Fibber’s on the Water, which is waterfront in Little River, is launching a new brunch available 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays. The menu includes customized omelets, Seafood Omelet, French Toast, Shrimp and Grits, Eggs Benedict, Biscuits and Gravy, Breakfast Burrito, Bloody Marys and Mimosas. Fibber’s on the Water is at 4498 Waterfront Dr. in Little River, and the number is 280-2271.
• Debbi Smith, formerly of Bamboozle’s in Conway, opened The Encore Sports Bar & Grill at 618 Church St. in Conway on June 27. The large restaurant has a roomy bar, large dance floor, a game room and a private meeting/banquet room. The menu features economically priced finger foods, salads, burgers and sandwiches, such as the Grilled Chicken Salad that cook Robert Singleton tops with French fries and shredded cheese. Encore is open daily from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m., and the number is 488-9930.
Becky Billingsley serves daily restaurant news at MyrtleBeachRestaurantNews.com.