Food Network chef reppin’ HOB at Myrtle Beach event

For Weekly SurgeSeptember 9, 2013 

The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach is bringing Chef Aaron Sanchez, known from Food Network shows including “Chopped” and “Heat Seekers,” to town in October. The chef worked with HOB to develop its Crossroads menu, and now he is making an appearance at Taste of the Town on Oct. 22 at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. He’s also going to be at HOB on Oct. 21 for a VIP dinner; tickets are $200 each (the price includes an entry ticket to Taste of the Town) and can be purchased by calling 272-3000.

Looking for game day specials? Oscar’s Food & Spirits at 4101 U.S. 17 S. in North Myrtle Beach has plenty going on for Monday Night Football starting at 8 p.m. with 50-cent wings, $1 tacos, $1.50 hot dogs, $2 soft pretzels, and all day on Mondays $5 pitchers of Miller Lite are served. A guess-the-exact-final-score contest nets the winner $500. Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach is offering drink specials and $5 appetizers Saturdays through Mondays in the bar and beer garden. Liberty Taproom at 7651 N. Kings Highway has brunch and a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar on Sundays. TBonz at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach is offering chances to win football-related prizes for every $10 spent in the bar area during games, such as a $100 gift certificate, two passes to a Carolina Panthers game and a 40-inch television.

Two local restaurants have merged: T-Bones restaurant was for 25 years located at the intersection of U.S. 17 Bypass and Pendergrass Avenue, until its last day of business on Aug. 25; Fuego, which opened in October 2012, is at 4871 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. On Aug. 30, the two restaurants’ staffs and menus merged into a new Tex-Mex restaurant, but it retained the name Fuego. The new menu features “Fuego’s favorites,” such as the Beach Burrito and Inlet Taco, and “T-Bones top sellers” including ribs and prime rib. The phone number at Fuego is 651-1009.

Sokun Nuon-Slama, the opening chef at Ocean 17’s grand opening in early August, has left the restaurant at 9820 U.S. 17 in Myrtle Beach that is owned by Barrie Nadi. Chef Slama said she left due to “personality conflicts.” Nadi formerly operated Royal Fish Fry at the intersection of U.S. 17 and Main Street in North Myrtle Beach; that property is available. Chef Slama continues to operate her own highly regarded restaurant called New Southern Kitchen Restaurant in Whiteville, N.C.

A 19th Hole Party open to anyone with $25 is being held the evening of Sept. 22 at Dead Dog Saloon at 4079 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, following a golf tournament at Indigo Creek Golf Club in Murrells Inlet. Proceeds from the party benefit Alzheimer’s research. If you want to get into the party for free, the golf tourney costs $350 for a four-player team. Call Tony Cape at 325-3571 to sign up.

Chef Eric Masson and his wife, Kimberlee Masson, of The Brentwood Restaurant in Little River are planning a couple of group vacations. One is Feb. 17-24 to New Orleans for Mardi Gras; the other is Oct. 19-29, 2014, to several locations in France. Contact Kimberlee Masson at if you’d like more information.

Old World Italian at 3850 U.S. 17 Bypass in Murrells Inlet restaurant was remodeled and had a new menu in January for the Food Network program “Restaurant Impossible,” but the remake didn’t take, and it closed on Sept. 7. George Hayek and Teresa Hayek opened Old World Italian in 1995.

Royal Pizza, which was located at 3901 Dick Pond Rd. in the Socastee area, has closed after being in business for four months, and the space is available for lease. The site was previously the locations of Pizzoli’s Pizzeria, East of Chicago Pizza and Hungry Howie’s.

The Chick-fil-A restaurant at Myrtle Beach Mall was a corporate-owned store operated by a succession of corporate managers who rotated in and out. Its last day of business was Aug. 24, according to Kim Dayvault, the mall’s specialty leasing and marketing manager. Eight other Chick-fil-A locations remain open in the Grand Strand area.

The upscale Tommy Bahama restaurant that opened in May 2008 at 3044 Howard Ave. at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach had its last day of business on Sept. 4.

Bunkerz Grill & Deli, opened in May at 6104 Frontage Rd. in Myrtle Beach, in the former Sub Station II location by Little Pigs BBQ, closed in August.

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