An open and shut case for Oct. 11, 2012

Local Restaurant Notes

For Weekly SurgeOctober 9, 2012 


Sands Pizza & More, which was opened by Sherry Panks in early summer 2012 in the J. Mike Plaza off S.C. 707 in the Burgess/St. James area of Horry County, has closed.

Red Basil, a Thai restaurant with sushi and a martini bar that opened in May at 1604 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, has closed.

Fish Tails Bar & Grill opened in June at 532 Church St. in Georgetown, and it is now closed. Pamela Lambert, who also owns Castaways at 833 Front St. in Georgetown, owned it. Lambert says she’ll soon be serving dishes from the Fish Tails menu at Castaways.

Mancuso’s Italian Restaurant at 117 Rivertown Blvd. in Conway, owned by Joe Mancuso who has had other area Italian restaurants, has closed. Mancuso opened this location in mid-2011.

Stool Pigeons, a bar and grill that opened 16 years ago at Broadway at the Beach, has closed.

A little more than one year after Baja Bistro Fresh Mex Grille opened at Broadway at the Beach, it has closed. Located at 1118 Celebrity Circle, near Ripley’s Aquarium, LeRoy Peralta was the chef/owner. It offered quick-service dishes such as Taco Salad, Burritos, Quesadillas, Tacos and Nachos.

Recently opened

Planet Wings is now open at 1780 Pine Island Rd. (near Five Guys across from Coastal Grand Mall), Myrtle Beach, serving 24 wing flavors (original and boneless), sandwiches (gyros, Philly Cheesesteak and more), burgers, salads and several Mexican dishes include burritos, quesadillas and tacos. Planet Wings also has a bar with beer and wine, and offers delivery within five miles, or even farther if the order is for more than $25. The number is 839-9464.

Pizzoli’s Pizzeria opened recently at 3901 S.C. 544, in the Big Block Junction shopping center in the Socastee area. Owner Anthony Favoroso specializes in New York-style specialty pizzas, and on Mondays through Wednesdays, the purchase of one specialty pizza gets you another one for free. Pizzoli’s also has wings, salads, sandwiches and calzones. This is a carry-out restaurant offering free delivery, and the number is 215-6672.

The new location of Angelo’s Steak & Pasta is now open at 2311 S. Kings Highway, and the phone number remains the same: 626-2800.

Danny Cuevas recently opened Danny’s Bar & Grill at 146 April Gray Lane at Fantasy Harbour in Myrtle Beach. The sports bar offers burgers, crab cakes, wings, sandwiches and seafood and daily happy hour from 4-7 p.m. with $2 drafts and $2.50 house drinks. The number is 796-2072.

Opening soon

Susan Sarlo and Lance Lorenzen plan to open Rubi’s Texas Grill by this weekend at 4310 McCorsley Ave. in Little River, in the former location of Papi’s Texican Grill. Kitchen manager Bonnie Rogers has developed an entirely new menu with dishes including Deep fried Jalapeno Skewers, Pork Loin Burger with fresh apple salsa, Tuna Burger with pineapple salsa, Taco Bowls and Crab Cakes. Rubi’s has a full bar and the NFL Network, draft beer pints are $2 all day every day (Coors Lite, Blue Moon, Miller Lite, PBR), and on Mondays the margaritas are $1.50. Planned fun includes dart tournaments, karaoke, live music and happy hour specials, and Rogers says she’ll have daily inexpensive lunch specials. The number is 273-0265.

A new bakery called Crumb Buns is opening soon at 809 U.S. 17 S. in North Myrtle Beach. The owner and “cake artist” is Joe Trythall, and a sign on the shop’s window says it will offer, “…Crumb Buns, Italian pastries, cakes for all occasions, breads, cookies, biscotti and more.” The number is 663-0886.

Curtis Brown has purchased the restaurant known as Dino’s at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, and he plans to open Castano’s Italian Steakhouse in that spot. A soft opening is planned for Nov. 4 for dining experiences Brown is calling “dinnertainment” with music concerts shown on a big projection screen. Brown has 30 years’ experience in the hospitality industry and has created a menu with many classic Italian dishes, such as Pork Chops in Cabernet Demi-Glace and That’s Amore Ravioli, plus a lengthy bar menu.

By the end of October, Tongy’s Schmackhouse will open at 201 Graduate Rd. in Conway, in the University Commons shopping center across from Coastal Carolina University. Three brothers – Blake Leek, Dustin Leek and Chad Leek – and Ohio restaurateur Dominic Fragomeni are the owners. Blake Leek and Dustin Leek will be the on-site managers. The restaurant’s name is an old private joke from the brothers’ college days when they described people who imbibed as being “schmackhoused.”

When it opens, the kitchen will serve dishes like Crab Bruschetta, Fish Tacos, Nachos and a fried veggie medley for lunch, dinner and late-night dining. The number is 347-8664.

More food news

Pastaria 811 at 11359 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island now offers delivery service. It’s open starting at 11:30 a.m. Mondays through Fridays and at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays, and the number is 237-5811.

Nick Batchelder, a chef at Louis’s at Sanford’s in Pawleys Island, was judged on Sept. 28 to be Myrtle Beach’s Next Best Chef at a fund-raiser at Zulu Lounge benefitting Citizens Against Spouse Abuse II. Batchelder created a healthy and savory dish of Miso Glazed Local Black Drum with Chinese braised turnips and greens in dashi-ponzu broth. The fan favorite was Seafood Wellington by Chef Kevin Levine from Scatori’s in Surfside Beach.

Two dinners are $22 on Monday through Thursday nights at Crossroads at House of Blues. On Mondays the special is a Maine Lobster dinner; Tuesdays featured BOGO dish is Fisherman’s Platters; Wednesdays is Prime Rib; and on Thursdays two pasta dinners are $22, with a choice of three different pastas. “We’re trying to do something for the locals,” Executive Chef Mark Pilip said on Oct. 2. “We want to give back to them. We do appreciate locals coming out and supporting us, and this is our thank-you to show them that.” Crossroads at House of Blues is at 4640 U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach at Barefoot Landing, and the number is 913-3746.

The Low Country Herb Society is having its Fall Garden Festival from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday (Oct. 12) and Saturday (Oct. 13) at Inlet Culinary Gardens at 5071 U.S. 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet. Many herbs, veggies and flowers will be for sale along with heirloom pumpkins, gourds and squashes, and society members will be on-site to offer recipes and herb use suggestions.

Tasty seafood, hot cars and motorcycles, arts and crafts and more are coming to the Little River ShrimpFest taking place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at the Little River waterfront. There will be children’s activities and a Shrimp & Grits Cook-Off at noon on Sunday.

Through Oct. 15 tickets are $85 per person for An Evening at Sunnyside, when on Nov. 8 the historic plantation house off U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet will be the site for hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wines, cocktails, live music, dancing and a silent auction to benefit Murrells Inlet 2020. After Oct. 15 the tickets are $100. Tickets can be purchased online at

Both Grand Strand locations of Logan’s Roadhouse (1136 Oak Forest Ln., Myrtle Beach, 839-4666; and 4511 U.S. 17 S., North Myrtle Beach, 272-3435) are selling pink and black T-shirts featuring a crossword puzzle with a breast cancer awareness message. They are $10 each, and 100 percent of the purchase goes to the American Cancer Society.

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