Myrtle Beach area resturant notes

For Weekly SurgeOctober 21, 2013 

Mama Rue’s was known for live blues music. Photo by Becky Billingsley for Weekly Surge.


A customer who stopped by the Myrtle Beach restaurant True BBQ on Oct. 11 surprised owner Joseph Evans and his family. Actor Bill Murray ordered a rib tip plate and ate it at one of the picnic tables in front of the carryout business. “He was passing through from Charleston,” a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page says, which includes two photos of Murray posing with staff members and eating his meal. “[He was] on his way to a football game at a Christian Academy located in Myrtle Beach. He told us that a friend of his read an article about True BBQ, that was written by Becky Billingsley, and recommended that he stop by and try it out.”

Springmaid Beach Resort at 3200 S. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach is having a family-friendly Roast & Toast from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday on its Live Oak Lawn. There’s no admission or parking fees, and tickets will be sold for food and games. The menu includes an oyster roast and a pig pickin’, while scheduled activities include games, inflatables and live music.

Seventeen years ago Rick McKee and Mimi McKee opened their Steelers-friendly restaurant, Southside Grill, at 355 U.S. 17 Business in Surfside Beach. Their last day of business there was Sept. 15, 2012 and Charz Family Grill opened in its place in April but was closed by August. The couple moved to Tryon, N.C., a place they have visited often and love, to open a new Southside Grill there. But the McKees have returned to the same location in Surfside Beach to again serve their Crab Cakes, Burgers, Pierogies, Grilled Shrimp, Grilled Fresh Fish, Ribeye Quesadilla, Chicken a la Rick, Buffalo Chicken and from-scratch desserts. It has a new phone number: 839-8043.

Restaurant Closures

Explore Asian Bistro, which opened in early summer at 4545 U.S. 501 in Myrtle Beach, across from Tanger Outlet Center, has been closed since early September. A sign on its front door says it is “closed for the season.”

Near Conway, at 1315 S.C. 90, Twisted Pig is closed. Owner Joe Potter opened the barbecue restaurant in early 2012, and he said on Sept. 25 he is not sure when or if he will reopen, due to health concerns.

Cote’s 19th Tee, which opened in late summer 2012 at 3389 S.C. 9 in Little River, has closed. It was formerly the location of Hillbilly’s Still ‘n’ Grill and German John’s and was owned by Reggie Cote, a retired New York State Highway Patrol officer who, back in the 1980s, owned a New York Bar. Cote’s served appetizers, salads, soups, sandwiches and a few entrees.

Fuego Mexican Grill & Cantina at 4871 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet, which opened in October 2012, had its final day of business on Sept. 29. Robert Kleszcz, who also owns Roberto’s Italian Ice in Myrtle Beach and some bars, is the owner. On Aug. 30 Fuego merged its menu and staff with a 25-year-old Murrells Inlet restaurant – T-Bones – that closed on Aug. 25. However, a Fuego staff member said today, “The owner just wasn’t seeing the numbers” to be able to remain open.

Mama Rue’s, which opened in the fall of 2010 at 9737 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island, has closed and its owners are retiring. Restaurant operators Steve Bleau and Marrue “Mama Rue” Bleau were known for being lively hosts who decorated the place with folk art and brought in blues musicians to perform.

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