An open and shut case for April 11, 2013

For Weekly SurgeApril 8, 2013 

Athena’s American & Filipino Café has been open for a few weeks at 403 Broadway St. in Myrtle Beach, which is half of the space formerly occupied from 2010-2012 by Little Brazil Restaurant. Athena Smallridge is a native of Davao City on the Filipino island of Mindanao. Her menu offers appetizers ($3-$14), salads ($3-$7), sandwiches ($5-$7), entrees ($8-$12), side dishes (50 cents-$3) and children’s meals ($5). Most of the menu is American with wings, sandwiches and a few entrees, but a couple of Filipino dishes include pork and vegetable eggrolls called Lumpia; and a rice noodle/beef dish called Palabok. Athena’s American & Filipino Café is open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and food delivery is offered throughout Myrtle Beach. The number is 712-2630.

Perhaps the new Ocean 17 French Mediterranean restaurant at 9820 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach will open by the end of April. The chef, Alex Petard, says that’s the target but it could change. He does not have a freezer in the restaurant owned by Barrie Nadi, who owns a frozen sweet potato French fry business in North Carolina. A few fresh dishes Chef Petard plans to serve include Bouillabaisse, Duck a L’Orange and Steak Tartare.

After a $1 million makeover of the former Spud’s Restaurant at Twisted Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet, The Wicked Tuna is getting nearer an opening date. They’re trying for April 19, but don’t hold them to it. The new décor features a soaring 16-foot metal sculpture by locally-renowned artist Robert Sadlemire that’s made of 400 fishes, interior wood treatments of local ancient cypress, and a large sushi bar. For the dinner menu, expect Southern-style seafood and sandwiches. The Wicked Tuna is waterfront at 4123 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, and the number is 651-9987.

CHARZ Family Grill is now open at 355 U.S. 17 Business N., in Surfside Plaza where Fat Jack’s Wings ‘n’ Things and Stadium Club is located. The owner is Michelle Tassone Hargrove. Menu items listed on the restaurant’s Facebook page include a Friday fish fry, Pizzas, Seafood Marinara and Chicken Parmesan. CHARZ gets its name from the initials of Hargrove’s five children: Christopher, Haley, Andrew, Remi and Zack. CHARZ is open from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and the number is 232-1313.

A new healthy fast food concept called Green Grubbin’ is open at 803 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. Diners select from greens, veggies, fruits, meats, cheeses, beans and tofu to create customized salads and wraps. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to midnight, and the number is 633-1037.

Dwayne Branch hopes to have his new breakfast-and-lunch Southern-style diner open by mid-April at 7050 S.C. 90 in Longs. Called DJ’s Diner, it’s going in the spot formerly occupied by Brat Haus. Branch says his house-cooked specialties will include Fried Chicken, Meatloaf, Chicken and Pastry, and from-scratch cakes such as 14-layer Chocolate Cake. When it opens hours will be 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and the number is 390-9600.

The Anchor Café, beside the Intracoastal Waterway at 8121 Amalfi Place in Myrtle Beach, has reopened for the season. Happy Hour is from 4-7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays with half-price appetizers and drink specials, and food is served from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A few menu items on the 2013 menu include Chips and Queso, Seared Ahi Tuna with sesame seaweed and wasabi, Shrimp Salad on greens with Vidalia Onion Vinaigrette; Barbecue Burger, Philly Cheese Steak Wrap, Grilled Salmon BLT, and Fish & Chips. The number is 315-7855.

Closed restaurants

Vincent Salvatore Mezzapella opened L&G Café (which stood for Love and Gratitude) in late 2011 at 509 Broadway St. in Myrtle Beach. It is closed, and a sign on the door says it will soon reopen as Broadway Subs. Before it was L&G Café, the site was a restaurant called Broadway Café owned by Karen Holck.

Krystal Hamburgers, which opened its first and only Grand Strand location in 2005 at 3120 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, closed for good on March 31. The franchised company founded in 1932 has more than 350 locations throughout the southeast.

More tasty news

Jennifer Brady, who writes a food and entertainment blog at, is the winner of the 2013 Myrtle Beach Pelicans Home Run Recipe Contest. Her recipe, Kickin’ Catfish Tacos with pickled onions, pineapple salsa and avocado cream, will be served this season at Field. Also, the dish that won the 2012 Pelicans Home Run Recipe Contest proved so popular with baseball fans it is going to be served again in 2013: Chicken Bog Balls from Socastee Station.

Todd Church and Robyn Church opened Cozmic Charley’z in October 2010 at 3040 U.S. 17 Business in Garden City Beach, and this month they sold the business to Chris Timbrell and Kim Timbrell, who recently relocated to the Grand Strand from Connecticut. The Timbrells plan to keep serving the same Chili Dogs and Cheesesteaks for which the Churches were known. Cozmic Charley’z is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, and the number is 357-7307.

A spaghetti fund-raiser to be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26 at Villa Romana in Myrtle Beach will help sponsor local residents Marnie Kennedy and Lauri Doss to participate in the Avon Breast Cancer Walk in October in New York City. For $10 the meal will include pasta, salad and bread. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Kennedy at 450-8418 or Doss at 283-0834. Villa Romana is at 707 S. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach.

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