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Wednesday, Sep. 12, 2012

An open and shut case for Sept. 13, 2012

Local Restaurant Notes

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New Restaurants

•  Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily at AlPhi’s Reef Seafood, which recently opened at 621 Church St. in Conway. The owners are Alex Odom and Phil Floyd, and in the kitchen are Mattie Mimms and Monique Mimms. The menu includes Seafood Omelet, croissants, burgers, steaks, seafood and a fixed-price Twilight Special from 4:30-5:30 p.m. for $10-$14 that includes an appetizer, entrée, dessert and beverage. Alphi’s Reef Seafood is open from 6-10 a.m., 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4:30-9 p.m., and the number is 488-5004.

•  A specialty of the house at the new Cote’s 19th Tee at 3389 S.C. 9 is Crab Cakes. Reggie Cote, a retired New York State Highway Patrol officer, is the owner; the general manager is Tim Crimminger and front of house manager is Curt Wagers. The entire restaurant, formerly Hillbilly’s Still & Grill, was renovated with new furnishings and equipment. The menu is varied with Buffalo Shrimp, Chili, Jack Daniels Barbecue Sandwich, Chicken Salad Croissant, Oven Roasted Prime Rib Sandwich and Baby Back Ribs. Happy hour is from 4-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, when well drinks are $3, and “You Call It” drinks, where the customer can have a cocktail with any liquor in the house, for $5. Many televisions are equipped with Sunday Ticket and ESPN Game Zone. The kitchen at Cote’s 19th Tee is open late to accomodate local service industry employees, with food being served daily from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The bar is open until 2 a.m., and the number is 373-4758.

•  Sandra’s Café & Pizzeria at 1780 Pine Island Rd. in Myrtle Beach (in the same plaza with McCalister’s Deli and Five Guys Burgers and Fries)has been closed since late 2010, and the space is finally getting a new tenant. Planet Wings, a franchise with several locations in New York State and a few in New Jersey, is opening there in October.

•  It is confirmed that TCBY is bringing its 12 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt, including Greek frozen yogurt, to the south end of the Grand Strand at The Promenade at Litchfield, a 60,000-square-foot lifestyle center that’s planning to open in the first half of 2013. Hill Partners, Inc., of Charlotte, N.C. is developing The Promenade, which will be located next to Litchfield Golf & Country Club and across U.S. 17 from Litchfield by the Sea. It will contain a mix of tenants.

•  John Cherry and Kim Cherry, who formerly owned Kimberly’s Bar & Grill at 304 Elm St. in Conway, recently opened Conway Seafood Market at 1518 4th Ave. in Conway. The Cherrys have a lot of fresh local seafood on ice, and they’re also serving meals with seafood, slaw, hushpuppies and a choice of sides (fries, stewed tomatoes and rice or fish grease and rice) for $7-$8.50. Conway Seafood Market is open from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. The number is 488-3474.

•  Kevin Cottingham opened K.C.’s Deli two weeks ago at 1129 3rd Ave. in Conway, where Carolina Skillet was formerly located. He is serving breakfasts, lunches and early suppers. K.C.’s Deli is open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and the number is 248-3377.

•  Coastal Coffee Bar is opening in a few weeks at 748 S.C. 544 east of Conway, in the former Santino’s Pizza location.

Closed Restaurants

•  Charleston Café, which has operated at 815 Surfside Dr. in Surfside Beach since 1989 under three different operators, had its last day of business on Sept. 1. The restaurant was opened in 1989 by David Heckman and the building’s landlord, S.C. Representative Nelson Hardwick (R-Surfside Beach), and the casually romantic fine dining spot became a locals’ favorite. Heckman passed away in May 2008, and Hardwick leased the restaurant to Kathleen Locker, who operated Charleston Café for one season. In May 2009 new operators Billy Cheezem and Anita Cheezem and their daughter, Brayer Surratt, reopened the landmark pink restaurant with Hardwick as their partner and landlord. The family also owned and operated the bar and grill at Marlin Quay Marina in Garden City Beach from 2003 until November 2011.

•  Diner at the Beach at 105 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach is closing due to owners Butch Quartel and Kathy Quartel’s health situations. The restaurant is for sale for $20,000, which Butch Quartel says is negotiable. Anyone interested in purchasing the restaurant or equipment can contact Quartel at (704) 616-3059.

•  Red Basil at 1604 N. Kings Highway is closed until Sept. 15.

•  It was 16 years ago that Rick McKee and Mimi McKee opened their Steelers-friendly restaurant, Southside Grill, at 355 U.S. 17 Business in Surfside Beach, and their last day of business will be Sept. 15. The couple is moving to Tryon, N.C., to open a new Southside Grill there.

•  Sweet Spot Café, which opened in March at 1011 4th Ave. in Conway, is closed. It may reopen, owner Leigh Andersen said by phone on Sept. 6, but she is trying to work out “issues with the landlord and the building.”


•  Peter Dombrowski, director of operations at Greg Norman’s Australian Grille since it opened in 1999, and executive chef Jeff Edwards are no longer working at the Barefoot Landing restaurant. General manager Scott Grau says there are no immediate plans to hire successors.

•  Angelo’s Steak and Pasta’s upcoming move from 2011 S. Kings Highway to its new location two blocks south at 2311 S. Kings Highway will happen in about two more weeks.

•  Jerusalem Restaurant has completed its move from 1007 Withers Dr. in Myrtle Beach to its new location a few blocks away at 1210 N. Kings Highway. The same menu of Mediterranean dishes it has served for 16 years is available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and from 11 a.m. until the start of Shabbat (around 5 p.m.) on Fridays. The number is 946-6650.

•  Anthony Asmer and Sarah Asmer are the new owners of Cheesesteak U at 1867 S.C. 544 a bit east of Conway, and they offer delivery and catering. The menu has expanded. Now in addition to many types of Cheesesteaks ($6-$9) such as Pizza, Teriyaki and Buffalo Chicken on Amoroso rolls, there are also Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, lamb or chicken Gyros, Hoagies, Salads, Deli Sandwiches and Wings (hot, teriyaki, barbecue, lemon pepper, garlic pepper, teriyaki hot, spicy Ranch, honey mustard, Ranch and spicy blue cheese), plus sides like Sausage Dog, Loaded Fries and House-Made Chips. Children’s meals are $4 (chicken tenders, corn dog, grilled cheese, hot dog) and come with fries, a drink and fruit chews. Cheesesteak U is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and until 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The number is 234-2666.

More Restaurant News

•  During September, every time a customer orders the Bruschetta appetizer at Mellow Mushroom, $1 will be donated to the company’s Share Our Strength’s Dine Out For No Kid Hungry program. This is the fifth year Mellow Mushroom has had this annual offer, and so far the chain has raised more than $4 million that supports school breakfasts, summer and after-school meal programs and healthy-yet-inexpensive cooking education for children and their families. Mellow Mushroom is at 1571 21st Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 444-1122.

•  Employees of Darden Restaurants including Longhorn Steakhouse, Olive Garden, Red Lobster and The Capital Grille are filing a class action suit. In the case of Mathis v. Darden Restaurants, Inc., the plaintiffs claim, “…that Darden Restaurants, Inc. and its related companies (“Darden”) failed to pay proper wages or overtime pay to its tipped employees, such as servers, as required under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act. Such employees – on a nationwide basis – who are currently employed or previously worked at The Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Longhorn Steakhouse and The Capital Grille from August 2009 to present are invited to submit paperwork to be evaluated for addition to the class action case. Employees of those restaurants who believe they should be included in the case can visit to fill out a case evaluation form.

Becky Billingsley serves daily restaurant news at
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