Myrtle Beach area restaurant notes

For Weekly SurgeJune 4, 2013 

Sam Snead’s Oak Grill and Tavern is now open at 1004 Glenforest Rd. in the Carolina Forest area of Myrtle Beach (in the former location of Max & Erma’s). It opens daily at 11:30 a.m. You can check out the menu on its Web site: And check out this week’s Happy Hour Heaven review of Sam Snead’s on page X.

The Myrtle Beach area’s first Cook Out fast food restaurant (burgers, shakes, fries, barbecue) is open daily for lunch and dinner at 2470 U.S. 501 E. in Conway. It has a drive-through window.

If you like thick and floury pizza crusts, then you can fill up at the new Royal Pizza at 3901 Dick Pond Rd. in the Socastee area of Myrtle Beach. The restaurant is in the Big Block Junction shopping center in the former location of Pizzoli’s Pizzeria, East of Chicago Pizza and Hungry Howie’s. Pizza prices start at $8 for a 12-inch cheese pizza and go up to $23 for an 18-inch Seafood Delight with shrimp, scallops and crabmeat. There’s also a medium 16-inch size. Royal Pizza also serves wings, calzones, stromboli and salads. Delivery is available, and the number is 215-7466.

Comfort foods are being served at the new Ritchie’s restaurant just north of Conway. Meat-and-three meals for $8 are the specialties of the house in this former location of Rivertown Grill, Seafood Express Plus and the Red, White and Blue Roadside Grill. Choices include pot roast, pork chops, fried catfish, and meatloaf or, on Fridays, chicken bog. Side dishes are down-home hearty, such as baked beans containing green beans, pinto beans and kidney beans, plus cooked hamburger meat and brown sugar. Ritchie’s also has appetizers, salads, wings and sandwiches. Children’s meals are $2.50-$3.25 and come with chips: grilled cheese, chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwich and burger. Ritchie’s is at 2635 Main St. (a.k.a. U.S. 701) in Conway, and the number is 654-4641. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 4-10 p.m. Saturdays.

The new freestanding Gio’s Italian Kitchen restaurant at 10008 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island has opened and serves fresh Italian specialties with the help of Chef Nicholas Emmons. Owners Dave Giorlando and Jodi Giorlando planned to be open strictly for dinner service at first and then ease into adding lunch hours. The number is 237-8245.

I See Pastries Bakery & Café at 4006 Postal Way in Carolina Forest has closed. Pastry Chef Irvin Pereira is still taking orders and baking in his North Myrtle Beach commercial kitchen for his catering business called Icey Pastries. He can be reached at 251-8434.

A golf theme is going on at the new Bunkerz Grill & Deli at 6104 Frontage Rd. in Myrtle Beach, which is beside Little Pigs BBQ at 62nd Avenue North in the former Sub Station II location. Owners Jerry McCullough and Peggie McCullough and manager Kate Stansberry are serving sandwiches, salads and finger foods with prices less than $10 including Reubens, cheesesteaks, burgers, hot dogs and wings. Bunkerz is at 6104 Frontage Rd. in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 232-7117. Operating hours are 10:30 a.m. until at least 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.

Habaneros Mexican Restaurant has long been a popular hangout in Pawleys Island, and now a second location has opened at 10799 S.C. 707 in St. James Plaza in the Burgess community. The menu is exactly the same as at the original restaurant with lunch specials starting at $3.75 and dishes such as quesadillas and enchiladas. It’s open daily for lunch and dinner, and the number is 748-9026.

Other restaurant news

Capriz Italian Feast at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach has a new happy hour menu with Stuffed Risotto Balls, Personal Pizzas, Garlic Knots with Alfredo sauce, Clams Oreganata, Sicilian Shrimp in sweet and spicy glaze, Spaghetti and house-made Meatballs, Tiniz, which are fried pastry stuffed with spicy chicken, and more. From 4-7 p.m. daily, each dish is $4. Capriz is at 1311 Celebrity Circle, and the number is 712-1707.

Restaurant changes

An extensive remodeling job is taking place at the former St. Angelo IV at 1500 U.S. 17 Business N. in Surfside Beach, which was founded in 1983 and was open through 2012. Lazer Lekani and Valbona Lekani, who have eight years’ experience operating Lazer’s Pizza & Roast Beef in Ware, Mass., are hoping to open in July. They’re adding three outdoor patios and exterior landscaping, and on the restaurant’s interior they’re installing new floors, paint, ceiling, kitchen equipment and dining room furniture. When it’s finished, there will be 80 seats inside and 80 outside. Beer and wine will be served, and the menu will offer many specialty pizzas, calzones, grilled items, fried chicken wing and pasta dinners, kebabs, steak tips and cold and hot subs.

The forthcoming Myrtle Beach restaurant called Ocean 17 at 9820 U.S. 17 in Myrtle Beach was scheduled to open by the end of April under the direction of executive chef Alex Petard, but he is no longer associated with the restaurant. Malalani Nadi, wife of Ocean 17 owner Barry Nadi, said on May 30 that a female chef from North Carolina has been hired, and the restaurant’s opening is expected at the end of June.

Closed restaurants

Krazy Fish Grill in Georgetown closed following the arrest of one of its owners, K.C. Terry, who was charged with four counts of solicitation of prostitution and possession of marijuana. The restaurant at 619 Front St. is reopening as Wildfish Grill.

Towne Tavern, a popular gastropub that opened early in 2013 in Little River at 1521 U.S. 17 N. and was owned by the same company that owns Overtime Sports Café in North Myrtle Beach, was closed by the owners on May 25. The space is for lease.

Tokyos Hibachi, which opened in December 2012 at 8724 S.C. 707 in the J. Mike Plaza in Myrtle Beach, closed in mid-May. Tim, Dan and Cathy McGraw operated it.

The last of three Atlanta Bread Company restaurants in the Grand Strand area, at 106 Sayebrook Parkway in Myrtle Beach, closed on June 1. One at 7611 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach closed in 2008, and the location in North Myrtle Beach closed in November 2011. According to the Atlanta Bread Company corporate Web site, it began offering franchise opportunities in 1995. By the end of 2003 it had more than 100 locations in 24 states.  An article published in October 2011 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution said, “A dozen years ago, Atlanta Bread Co. was among the nation’s fastest-growing franchises,” but by late 2011, “More than half its stores have closed, leaving 74 in 20 states.” On May 31 a representative at the Atlanta Bread Company corporate office said there are 50 Atlanta Bread Company restaurants in 17 states.

Royal Fish Fry at 801 Main St. in North Myrtle Beach closed the week of May 27. The building’s owner, who declined to be named, was at the restaurant on May 30, and he said it is available for lease through Keystone Commercial Realty.

Upcoming food events

A wine tasting and silent auction is scheduled for 5:30-8 p.m. on June 13 at the Live Oak Allee at Brookgreen Gardens. The evening will include several wines, hors d’oeuvres, live music and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 for Brookgreen members or $65 for non-members; call 235-6016 to buy a pair or get them online at, where you can also see a complete list of the wines that will be served.

Jack Daniels whiskey will be featured, along with beef and cheesecake, at a four-course dinner scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. June 25 at New York Prime. The price is $70 per person, plus tax and tip. New York Prime is at 405 28th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach, and the number to call for reservations is 448-8081.

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