Myrtle Beach-area restaurant notes

For Weekly Surg For Weekly SurgeMarch 26, 2014 

•  Here’s a chance to savor lovely briny steamed local oysters before the season is over. From 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, Liberty Tap Room & Grill at 7651 N. Kings Highway is having an all-you-care-to-eat oyster roast that also includes chicken bog (chicken, rice and smoked sausage for those of you who aren’t from around these parts). Liberty pints will be $2.50, and buckets of Bud and Bud Light will go for $11.

•  Is Divine Dining planning another Nacho Hippo targeting north side diners? According to official results of North Myrtle Beach’s March 17 city council meeting, “Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the North Beach Plantation Planned Development District (PDD) to construct two new free-standing buildings and repurpose an existing office building. The three proposed free-standing buildings would accommodate a restaurant (Nacho Hippo) and outdoor bar/seating area, a video game arcade, and restrooms. Designed by Miller Design Studios, the open arrangement of buildings, covered pergola entryway, central plaza, and bell tower are modeled after areas seen in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The proposed building architecture reflects a coastal Mexican town.”

•  As Beerman has reported, The Homebrewer’s Pantry, a new home brewing supply store at 1015 4th Ave. in Conway, is having a grand opening party starting at noon on April 5. Owners Thomas and Melissa Lucas launched a Kickstarter project to “…raise funds to increase our inventory, back more homebrew competitions, provide more classes and expand our ability to do beer and wine tastings. Their goal is $3,000, and if you’d like to contribute visit

•  The Roaming Table Society arranges meals at different “offbeat” locations in the Grand Strand area to raise money for Abiding Village, a 501c3 that provides artistic endeavors for children deemed to be “under resourced or at-risk.” Tickets range from $50 to $100, and ticket holders can choose to receive directions to dinner locations or get a series of clues so you have to hunt for your supper. Check out to see check the next dates, and be prepared to be flexible about the location. That’s part of the fun.

•  In September 2013 Bryan Shepler and Chef Tara Tracy were burned out of their restaurant, Limpin’ Jane’s, when fire struck Front Street in Georgetown and destroyed seven businesses. They moved farther south and recently opened a new restaurant/deli/tapas bar/wine bar at 705 Bay St. in Beaufort called Wined It Up. It’s open daily starting at 11 a.m., and the number is (843) 379-5585.

•  Portofino’s on the Wharf at 815 Front St. in Georgetown has closed, and its general manager, John Nye, says something new is soon opening there.

•  Also closed is Explore Asian Bistro, which was open for one season at 4545 U.S. 501 across from the Tanger Outlet Center.

•  The Beach Sports Bar & Grill at 1521 U.S. 17 in Little River is closed, but staff at Chef/Owner Rich Bryan’s other Little River restaurant, Snooky’s, say it might reopen in a month or two.

•  Opa!, a Greek restaurant at 815 Surfside Dr. in Surfside Beach, has been closed a couple of months, and the phone is disconnected.

•  KG’s Graffiti Garage opened in 2013 at 676 S. C. 544 near Coastal Carolina University in a former oil change shop, but it’s closed and there’s a for lease sign out front.

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