Maria Kovacs owned Fat Jack’s Wings & Things at 353 U.S. 17 Business N. in Surfside Beach for almost 20 years, and starting today (Jan. 3) new owners will be slinging the wings. Robert “Junior” Kemp and Debby Kolar say they’re keeping everything about Fat Jack’s the same: the wing recipes, the German beer and even the hand-painted ceiling tiles. Fat Jack’s opened in North Myrtle Beach in the early 1970s. It was sold and reopened off Lake Arrowhead Road in Myrtle Beach, and then moved again near the back gate of the former U.S. Air Force Base. Eighteen years ago, following the closure of the air base, Fat Jack’s moved to its present location at 353 US. 17 N. in Surfside Beach, and that’s when Kovacs became the owner. The number at Fat Jack’s is 238-3355, and it’s open for dinner Mondays through Saturdays.
Any day now Brooklyn native and longtime Italian chef, Lou Giaconne, is opening Bella, a new Italian restaurant at the Litchfield Exchange, in the former site of Pastaria 811. Giaconne says he has owned four restaurants during the previous 25 years: two in Florida and two in Texas. After finding his childhood sweetheart on Facebook and rekindling their romance the chef and his bride, Maxine Giaconne, will offer thin crust and square Sicilian pizzas and many popular Italian entrees. They have applied for a permit to sell beer and wine, but in the meantime customers will be welcome to BYOB. Bella will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and at lunchtime a pizza and salad buffet will be $7. The number is 979-0847.
After 20 years serving seafood at Seafare and Carolina Fish Fry, Sam Karos is going to serve the food of his native Athens at Fat Greek’s Tavern. It will be across from Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, in the former Carolina Fish Fry at 4515 U.S. 17 S. Aiming for an opening after the holidays, the menu will include Kabobs, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Gyros and much more. The ambiance will be somewhere between fast food and nice/casual, and there will be a drive-through window.