Keep up with the latest Myrtle Beach-area restaurant news

For Weekly SurgeJanuary 13, 2014 

Buy one pizza and get a second one the same size for free from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at The Kitchen at The Waterway House. I bought a 9-inch Hawaiian for $11 and got a Buffalo Chicken for free. With a soda and tax, my bill was $15.04. The Kitchen at The Waterway House is at 9814 N. Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 232-7077.

Which Wich, a chain of restaurants specializing in sandwiches, lettuce wraps and salads, is soon opening at 181 Brookton Circle near Surfside Beach. That’s between Bob Evans and Target off S.C. 544 near the intersection with U.S. 17 Bypass. Jeff Sinelli founded Which Wich in 2003 in Dallas, and now it has some 200 locations in 30 states. Its concept centers around its ordering system where customers grab a brown bag with choices listed on it. The customers check off preferences and hand it in, and after the food is prepared it’s placed in the customized bag.

Fire and Smoke Gastropub opened this week at 411 79th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach. A few menu items include duck confit nachos, smoked chicken mac and cheese, poutine (a Canadian treat of fries cooked in beef fat topped with cheese curd and gravy), lobster cobbler and buffalo meatloaf. It’s open daily for lunch and dinner.

Ocean 17 at 9820 U.S. 17 N. in Myrtle Beach launched in early August, but it is now closed for the season. A sign on the front door says, “Closed for winter will reopen Thursday, February 27th, 2014.”

Taste of the Inlet admission tickets are on sale for $8 in advance; they’re $12 at the door. Separate beverage and tasting tickets will be sold, and each taste will cost $2-$4. Several area restaurants are participating, and the party is happening at from 6:15-9 p.m. at Inlet Square Mall in Murrells Inlet. Advance tickets can be purchased by calling 357-2007 or by visiting Proceeds benefit Murrells Inlet 2020, a community revitalization group.

South Carolina Restaurant Week continues through Sunday (Jan. 19), and 11 restaurants in the Grand Strand area are participating. Each is offering special meal deals that range in price from $20-$35 per person. You can get more information about the meals at

If you like free local oysters, Pawleys Island Tavern serves them out back from 5-8 p.m. on Thursdays. The PIT is at 10635 Ocean Highway in Pawleys Island, and the number is 237-8465.

Cagney’s Old Place Restaurant, which closed in 2012 after 36 years in business, is becoming an Italian restaurant. Restaurant general manager Rob Doerr says the restaurant will be called La Festa, which will serve authentic Italian cuisine. The owner is Tevos Zatikyan, who also owns City Pizza in Myrtle Beach. The chef, Matteo Cazzin, is from Padua in the Veneto area of Italy. He does not speak English, so Doerr is looking for bilingual employees. The restaurant will have fresh pasta, a brick pizza oven and a bakery for breads and desserts. Extensive remodeling is taking place, and when carpet was pulled up Doerr says he was delighted to find “gorgeous” heart pine flooring. Anyone interested in applying for a job at La Festa can contact Doerr at 251-2609 or

Residents of Horry County can express their opinions about local food truck regulations in an online survey at It asks for opinions and concerns about food trucks operating in and around the Myrtle Beach area. The survey is being conducted in advance of a public input meeting concerning food trucks that will be held at 3 p.m. on Jan. 23 in conference room B of the Horry County Government and Justice Center at 1301 Second Ave. in Conway.

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