Tracking opening and closing eateries in Myrtle Beach area

For Weekly SurgeAugust 13, 2013 

A few new food spots are getting ready to welcome back hungry and thirsty Coastal Carolina University students. SoHo University at 1300 S.C. 544 is scheduled to reopen for the season Thursday (Aug. 15) and resume its sushi and sports bar atmosphere. The same folks who own SoHo U are also soon opening a new restaurant next door called Pollo Loco Mexicali Bar & Grill (remember the restaurant called Pollo Loco in “Breaking Bad?”). Pollo Loco will have a Mexican menu with fare including tacos. And a little farther south on S.C. 544 a newly built Waffle House looks ready to open any day. Hellooooo late-night (or early morning) Texas Melts!

On Aug. 11 Topher Pecora and his fiancée, Kacie Faulling, were featured on the Food Network program called “Food Court Wars” as one of two teams that competed to win a year’s free rent for a food court restaurant at Citadel Mall in Charleston. And they won. Topher Pecora is the son of Myrtle Beach restaurateur Phil Pecora, who owns Toffino’s Italian Bakery. Topher Pecora attended Socastee High School and is a 2011 graduate of the College of Charleston with a degree in business and economics. The couple is continuing the Pecora pizza legacy with Holy City Pizzeria, which is now open for business.

For five years Ken Spiehler owned and operated Hannah Banana’s Sunshine Cabana at Wacca Wache Marina in Murrells Inlet, but now a veteran local restaurateur, Kerri “K-Rae” Conlon Bourgeois, is the new owner. She formerly had K-Rae’s bar and grills in Garden City Beach and on U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, and this newest location, which is called K-Rae’s Waterway Bar & Grille, will have tweaks to the existing casual menu to make it a little more Irish. It’s open daily starting at 11:30 a.m., and the number is 357-3655.

For those who seek fresh locally grown or produced foods, including organics, you can shop and pay online at The Local Table and choose veggies, fruits, cheeses, meats, herbs and more from several area farmers. The Local Table’s founder, Kim Busse, gathers the goodies and delivers them on Saturdays to three pick-up points in North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet.

If you live within three miles of Fantasy Harbour, Joan O’Brien of O’Brien’s Corner Café & Deli, which opened in April, can deliver your breakfast or lunch, for free. However, she doesn’t deliver into Carolina Forest because while she can get into the community quickly, she says the 8-minute stoplight to get back out onto U.S. 501 prevents her from offering delivery there. For breakfast she has egg plates, breakfast sandwiches, wraps, omelets and bagels for $1.89-$7; and lunches that average around $8 are mostly all about sandwiches including subs, burgers and grilled sandwiches. Diners are also welcome to visit in person at 104 George Bishop Parkway. It’s open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays, and the number is 903-4919.

Charz Family Grill, which opened in April at 355 U.S. 17 Business N. in Surfside Beach, has closed.

Smitty’s Pine Island Pub at 364 Robert M. Grissom Parkway in Myrtle Beach opened in April and then closed in June except for private events. Now it’s again open to the public from 4-8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays with $9-$11 dining specials. From 4-7 p.m. Thursdays there’s a party sponsored by local classic rock station WAVE 104.1 with live music, games and prizes. The number is 808-0880.

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