Myrtle Beach area restaurant news and notes

For Weekly SurgeDecember 4, 2013 

•  Jack Cahill of Nibil’s Restaurant in Myrtle Beach said on Dec. 2 that it’s “not a done deal yet,” but the restaurant at 3301 N. Kings Highway is being sold, and the last day of operation as Nibil’s will be Dec. 15. Cahill said he and his wife, Margaret Cahill, plan to retire from the restaurant business. The new restaurant, with new owners, will be called Johnny D’s Waffle House and Bakery. Nibil’s was located on Surfside Pier in Surfside Beach for 23 years before it moved to Myrtle Beach in 2011. In January, Sono Irish, which does business as Nibil’s, filed a civil action against the Town of Surfside Beach, Edwin L. Booth, Cecil Chandler and William Rempfer in connection with Nibil’s restaurant’s former location in Surfside Beach.

A new breakfast and lunch restaurant called The Tasty Platter is soon opening at 1012 U.S. 17 Business in Surfside Beach, which was formerly a Taco Bell restaurant that has been closed for a few years. Louie Kalopitas, who has decades of restaurant ownership experience in Charlotte, N.C. and his sons, Chris Kalopitas and George Kalopitas, are remodeling the site, and they hope to open in a few weeks. Louie Kalopitas, a native of Greece, said on Nov. 6 that he plans for the restaurant to open at 5:30 a.m. daily and serve breakfast and lunch. The restaurant’s drive-through window will be used, but not as a traditional drive-through ordering window. Customers can call ahead with their orders and use the window to pick up their food. Family-style home cooking is what will be served, Kalopitas said, with lunchtime daily specials for $6.50-$7 that will include an entrée, soup of the day and two side dishes from a list of options such as pot roast, lamb, Grecian style baked chicken, gyros, souvlaki, beef tenderloin and more.

•  Capriccio Restaurant & Pizzeria at 1285 38th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach is closed for a few weeks while it undergoes renovations.

•  Rockabilly BBQ at 3401 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, which opened in the summer of 2013, has closed and it is for sale. The owners are Ted Hammerman and Sheina Hammerman, who also own Mr. Fish at 6401 N. Kings Highway. The restaurant served pork barbecue, smoked chicken, pimento cheese, meatloaf, collards, fried okra and more.

•  Carolina Wings and Rib House at 139 County Rd. S-22-372, Pawleys Island/Litchfield, which opened in 2007, has closed. It served 22 wing flavors, baby back ribs, steaks, barbecue and seafood. Another location remains open at 117 Rivertown Blvd. in Conway.

•  Chef Kevin Levine of Scatori’s Italian Restaurant at 1399 S. Commons Dr. in Myrtle Beach is using recipes from my book titled “A Culinary History of Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand” for a 5-course dinner. The meal starts at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13, and I will talk about the foods’ historic significance before each course. The menu will feature Sweet Potato and Crab Bisque, Buster Camlin’s Barbecue Shrimp with White Cheddar Grit Cake and Sweet Potato Puree, Walter Hill’s Georgetown County Pilau, Bacon-wrapped Carolina Pork Roll with Leona Capps’ Field Peas and Fried Onions, and South Carolina Peach Cobbler. The price is $55 for the meal, or $70 for a meal and an autographed book; $45 and $60 if wine is not desired. This dinner is limited to 56 guests. To make a reservation, call 650-3370.

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