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•  The Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival starts Friday and continues through Sunday at Grand Park across from The Market Common on the former Myrtle Beach Air Force Base. If you want barbecue, it will be sold starting at noon on Saturday at $10 for unlimited samples, and in previous years it sold out quickly. Other events include live music from a variety of bands, wakeboarding demonstrations, fireworks on Saturday night and free watermelon on Sunday, while supplies last. There will also be a beer garden open all three days of the festival.

Festival hours are 6-9 p.m. Friday, noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. There is no admission charge.

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•  And speaking of barbecue, Pulled Pork, Rib Fingers, Smoked Brisket and more will be sold in sample sizes for $1-$4, and approximately 50 specialty craft beers will be $3-$4 from 5-10 p.m. Saturday at The Deck at the House of Blues at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach in an event called Brews, Blues and BBQ. Tim Allen’s Bluestime and Hip Kitty will perform, and it will be a party atmosphere, complete with prizes, and the same beer list as July’s Brews-a-palooza. The Deck at the House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 S., Barefoot Landing, North Myrtle Beach. Call 272-3000 or visit

•  Bandito’s Restaurant and Cantina is open daily at 11 a.m. at 1410 N. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, at the north end of the boardwalk. The number is 808-9800. Bandito’s has live music outside, more than 100 tequila choices and is serving fresh local fish. A $10 parking fee will be refunded if the lot attendant is shown a current Bandito’s receipt.

•  In Myrtle Beach, Pastry Chef Tina Spaltro left the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes to work at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club. Spaltro worked previously at the Dunes Club before taking the position at the Marina Inn.

•  Meanwhile, the new executive chef at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes is Robbie Nicolaisen. Chef Nicolaisen, a 1999 graduate of Johnson & Wales University when it was in Charleston, has much local experience. He succeeds Executive Chef James Clark, who left the Marina Inn in June to take an executive chef position at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, N.C.

•  Executive Chef Michael Marques left Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Myrtle Beach to be the Executive Chef of Grande Dunes. He will oversee the Members Club, Ocean Club and Anchor Café. Chef Marques has previous experience in a club setting from when he worked at Litchfield Golf and Beach Resort.

• Steve Martin (not to be confused with the wild and crazy guy of the same name) is the executive chef at the new Graham’s Landing steak and seafood restaurant that will soon open at 5225 U.S. 17 Business S. in Murrells Inlet. That’s the former location of Cedar Hill Landing. Smokers are being set up so smoked meats can be included on the menu.

•  Chef de Cuisine Ty Litton has left his job at Nalu’s in Garden City Beach. Chef de Cuisine Nicholas Huckabee has left his position at Bliss Restaurant for a new job at Wachesaw Plantation.

•  This year the Pawleys Island Wine Gala, which is a keystone fund-raiser for the non-profit Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art, is going to be held 7-10 p.m. on Oct. 5 at The Reserve Golf Club at 18 Reserve Dr. in Pawleys Island. Tickets are $85 if purchased before Sept. 1; after that date the price is $100. New this year is a $150 Collector’s Circle Private Tasting ticket that includes samples of “rare, unusual, and limited production wines.” Both levels of tickets include appetizers, desserts, live music, a wine glass and valet parking. The event will also have a silent auction. General admission tickets may be purchased at or by calling the festival office at 626-3911. Tickets for the Collector’s Circle Private Tasting are available only by calling the office.

•  Bingy’s, a Jamaican restaurant at 4989 Socastee Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, has closed.

•  Mickey Calderiso of the Murrells Inlet restaurant On the Half Shell is opening a second restaurant in Murrells Inlet called Mickey’s Tavern. The tavern is going to be at 4078 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, in the former location of The Short Bar. The front entrance is being moved to the east side of the building facing U.S. 17 Business and Dead Dog Saloon. Inside, the bar is also being moved to the east side and will have a swing-up window with access to an outdoor bar. Halloween is Calderiso’s target opening date for Mickey’s, when all the Murrells Inlet Marsh Walk restaurants throw a big combined party.

•  Two local general managers of Darden Restaurants – Ron Smith at LongHorn Steakhouse in Myrtle Beach; and Jim Lawson of Red Lobster in Myrtle Beach – were presented with the Joe R. Lee Diamond Club Award. The award is given annually to North American general managers who, “…demonstrate outstanding results by delighting guests and achieving top financial performance in the company’s fiscal year.”

•  Beantree Café at Sugar and Sage at 3640 B Socastee Blvd. in Myrtle Beach has closed.

•  The sign outside the restaurant at 938-A U.S. 501 in Myrtle Beach may say Angels Wings for now, but what’s actually inside is Lola’s Country Cooking for the Soul. The specialty of the house is $9 blue plate specials that include one meat, two sides, cornbread and a beverage. Meat choices include ribs, fried chicken, smoked brisket, fried flounder, steak, oxtail, hamburger steak, pork chop, meat loaf and turkey wings. Everyone orders at the counter or by phone, and while there are a couple of plastic chairs where diners can wait for their orders, there are no tables. Delivery is available while the restaurant is open, which is 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays. The number is 448-2011.

•  After 36 years in business, one of the oldest restaurants in Myrtle Beach is closing. Dino Thompson and Dino Drosas are closing Cagney’s Old Place Restaurant at 9911 N. King Highway. It will be open for dinner Mondays through Saturdays through Oct. 20. The partners’ other restaurant, Flamingo Grill at 7050 N. Kings Highway, will remain open.

•  Lumpy’s Bar & Grill has opened at 9259 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island, serving burgers, sandwiches, seafood, Southern specialties and Cajun and Creole dishes. It’s open from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays. The number is 314-9191.

•  Fuego Mexican Grill & Cantina, which is scheduled to open in mid-September at 4871 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, has a dazzling interior décor. The former Capt. Poo’s, next to Hot Fish Club has undergone an extensive remodel.

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