The latest buzz on Myrtle Beach area restaurants

For Weekly SurgeeJune 19, 2013 

•  Mr. Fish, a.k.a. Ted Hammerman, of The Original Mr. Fish Seafood, and his partner/daughter, Sheina Hammerman, are turning their old restaurant location into a barbecue spot. Earlier this year the Mr. Fish seafood restaurant moved from 3401 N. Kings Highway to a larger building at 6401 N. Kings Highway. In a few weeks the Hammermans are turning the smaller space at 3401 N. Kings Highway into Rockabilly BBQ, which Sheina Hammerman says will have an “old 50s rock theme.”

The former Pink Magnolia restaurant at 719 Front St. in Georgetown will soon open as Zest: Foods of Interest, Sushi & Bar. Three partners – Peter Scalise, Jordan Salton and John Cranston – have been renovating the circa 1885 waterfront building and created an ambiance that preserves its past while adding subtle modern flair. Zest will have two bars – upstairs and downstairs – and both levels have decks overlooking the Sampit River. Also upstairs is a sushi bar, and other menu items will include gourmet pizzas, tacos, lobster, paella, chorizo, beet salad, stuffed meatballs and seafood nachos. Zest has a full liquor license – including on Sundays – and discounts will be available daily from 3-6 p.m. (such as half-price sushi rolls) and from 9:30 p.m. to midnight, for the benefit of service industry employees. The target opening date is July 1, and then operating hours will be daily from 11 a.m. until at least midnight.

•  Although it hasn’t yet opened, Barrie Nadi is on his second executive chef hire for Ocean 17 at 9820 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach. The first was a French chef from New York named Alex Petard, who is no longer with the restaurant. Now Nadi says the executive chef is Sokun Nuon-Slama, a Cambodian native who has French culinary experience. Nuon-Slama and her husband, Guillame Slama, own the New Southern Kitchen Restaurant in Whiteville, N.C.

•  John Traub is going to have to sell plenty of hot dogs to pay off the investment he had to make with the Horry County Zoning Department. To set up his hot dog pushcart business called Hey Now Hot Dogs, he had to have a county business license ($50), pass DHEC inspection, 15 parking spots, handicap parking spots, a handicap parking sign and pay a $750 zoning fee. If you want to go help Traub pay off his hefty overhead and have a juicy $2 Sabrett hot dog, $3 sausage dog or a $5 meal with two dogs, chips and a soda, you can find him from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 1991 U.S. 501 in Myrtle Beach, which is in the Loanmax parking lot.

•  Although it isn’t yet listed on the company’s corporate web site, the Myrtle Beach area’s first Cook Out restaurant is open at 2470 U.S. 501 E. in Conway. It’s open daily for lunch and dinner and has double drive-through windows. Cook Out specializes in burgers, barbecue, shakes and other fast food.

The former Short Bar at 4078 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet was originally due to become Mickey’s Tavern, but there’s been a change. Now owner Mike Foster says the new eatery, which will open later this summer, is going to be called the Crooked Floor Tavern. Outside a new porch/bar faces the inlet, and inside a handsome shade of blue paint is on walls surrounding an entirely new interior layout.

•  SoHo University restaurant, which is located near Coastal Carolina University at 1300 S.C. 544 in Conway, has closed for the summer season and will reopen when the fall semester begins.

•  This is the final weekend to catch the special pre-performance dinners at Crady’s Eclectic Cuisine at 332 Main St. in Conway during the run of “Curtain’s Up,” a Broadway review compilation in production at Conway’s Main Street Theatre. The final meals and performances are today, Friday and Saturday (June 20-22). The special menu for this show can be viewed at

•  The Litton family that owns Sundown Restaurant & Sports Pub in Surfside Beach is taking registrations for its annual golf tournament that raises money for children’s cancer charities. The tourney honors Brian Tate “Taterbug” Litton (1976-2008), who fought a courageous battle against non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Participating in the tournament costs $85 per person, and it’s happening on Aug. 10 at Island Green Country Club in Myrtle Beach. To register, call Evelyne Fisher at 267-9434.

•  Through July 14 Mellow Mushroom wants to get you “High on Thai.” Several Thai dishes are available with this limited time menu including Chicken Curry Pops ($9), Sriracha Veggie Crunch Hoagie ($8-$10), Thai Mi Up Hoagie with cilantro/lime grilled steak, Thai Dye Pizza with yellow curry and chicken, and the Big Buddha Salad ($7.49) with chipotle lime dressing.

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