Coastal Carolina University and Horry-Georgetown Technical College students and faculty have many new restaurant choices within quick walks or drives from campus or university housing, and there is delicious diversity in the options.
As of press time, the new 7,800-square-foot SoHo University at 1300 S.C. 544 had a target opening date of Wednesday (Aug. 15). The ambiance will be part sports bar and part steak, seafood and sushi restaurant. The interior is shaping up to be spectacular with an 8-foot-by-36-foot LED wall that will thrum with the beat of music or display messages such as “Happy Birthday,” a non-smoking room separated from the rest of the restaurant by a glass wall, 35 42-inch televisions over the enormous bar, three additional big screen televisions and a sushi bar.
An Anything Froz frozen yogurt shop opened in June at 1300 S.C. 544 at the other end of the shopping center from SoHo University, in the former location of Coastal Cafe. The stylish shop is brightly colored with wide swaths of orange, blue and green and pretty tile accents. There is a lounge at the front where guests can settle in to enjoy treats and take advantage of free Wi-Fi and large televisions. Among the many toppings are little “juice balls” that explode with flavor when bitten. Anything Froz is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the number is 234-3769.
Leigha Powell recently opened a coffee bar and café, Rivertown Java, in the former Berni’s Café (and before that The Haberdashery) at 1028 3rd Ave. in Conway. Powell is serving dozens of specialty coffees using Caribou Coffee plus cold and hot teas, decadent milkshakes such as Caramel Java and White Chocolate Java, and a Java Frappe. Food choices include pastries and baked goodies, breakfast sandwiches, deli sandwiches and wraps. Rivertown Java is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and the number is 488-2130.
If you like barbecued meats smoked with peach and pecan woods, Twisted Pig BBQ at 1315 S.C. 90 just east of Conway is serving up smoked pulled pork, chicken, beef brisket and ribs. Sides such as Sweet Potato Casserole and Jalapeno Cornbread are awesome. It opened right before finals started in the spring 2012 semester. Twisted Pig is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and the number is 347-3090.
Bo-Doo's BBQ is in the former Santino's Pizza location at 3221 S.C. 701 (Main Street), next to Nobles Auto. The owner is Kevin Doolittle. Pizza is still served, including the Super Veggi, Aloha and Buffalo Chicken, 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. Bo-Doo's also has chicken and pulled pork. Bo-Doo's offers catering, and the number is 365-7777.
Business is booming at the new Rivertown Grill at 2635 Main St. in Conway; that’s the former location of Seafood Express and the Red, White and Blue Roadside Grill. The menu is full of comfort foods such as Wings, Quesadillas, Buffalo Chicken Dip, Burgers, Fried Chicken, Hamburger Steak with Onions, Chicken Salad, Hamburger Salad, Fried Bologna and Barbecue. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, complete dinner specials are $10-$16. Rivertown Grill is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and the number is 488-4466.
RestaurantActivityReport.com reports that an Olive Garden will open, tentatively in the spring of 2013, at the intersection of U.S. 501 and Beverly Hills Way, which is across U.S. 501 from the Tanger Outlet Center near Carolina Forest.
Crady’s Restaurant at 332 Main St., Conway isn’t new, and the Whitley family is still serving gourmet lunches and brunches, but now they’ve added dinner service when the Main Street Theatre is open for shows. Also, if you get a craving for cookies or pies “just like your mom makes them,” Barbara Whitley bakes exquisite treats perfect for late-night study session comfort. Call 248-3321 for reservations or to find out what Whitley baked that day.
Solano’s Trattoria opened recently in Conway’s Black Water Market shopping center at the intersection of Laurel Street and Fourth Avenue. The Italian restaurant serves delicious lunch and dinner options including Frankie’s Sausage and Mushroom Polpette appetizer for $7, where two Italian sausages are cut in half lengthways and served with mushrooms, tomato chunks and gorgonzola cream sauce. Sandwiches, pizzas and entrees range from $5-$15. Solano’s Trattoria is at 328 Laurel St. in Conway. It’s open for lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and for dinner from 4:30 until 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and until 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Happy Hour is from 4 to 6 p.m., and the number is 488-4008.
Coney Island opened this summer in the former Maryland Fried Chicken site at 3502 S.C. 544. The building was remodeled with a bright new orange, yellow and green exterior. A specialty of the house is an 80-year-old chili recipe used on the hot dogs; also on the menu are 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, 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. 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.
Restaurant closures in the area have also taken place during the summer:
Burger Brothers’ original location on Fourth Avenue in Conway closed as well as its second location at 621 Church St. in Conway. The Fourth Avenue site is going to soon reopen as another restaurant; the Church Street spot is available for lease.
In March the original Serafino's Pizzeria and Restaurant at 587 Burcale Rd. in Myrtle Beach closed, and shortly afterwards its second location at 2608 N. Main St. in Conway (in the Food Lion shopping center) also shut down.
Cheesesteak U at 1867 S.C. 544 closed after one of its owners, Noel Guerrero, passed away on April 15. A banner over the front door says it will soon reopen.
Becky Billingsley serves daily restaurant news at MyrtleBeachRestaurantNews.com.