By Becky Billingsley
Friday, June 8, 2012, Myrtle Beach - Four new restaurants have opened or are opening soon in the Myrtle Beach area, another had its first anniversary and early arrivers could get a piece of North Myrtle Beach restaurant history on Saturday.
Crab King Coming Next Week
Sam Laurens, a local businessman who owns Myrtle Beach restaurants SoHo, Kono Asian Grill, Kansas City Steakhouse and others is opening Crab King next week at 6401 N. Kings Highway. That's the former location of The Fish House.
General manager Thomas Ermmarino said on June 7 that Crab King will be a $26 buffet that includes traditional Calabash-style fried seafood and crab legs. The exact opening day next week hasn't been set, but when it operating, it will open for business daily at 2:30 p.m.
Murrells Inlet Getting 19th Hole in July
Wesley Rundle grew up on the West Coast, while Joshua Lentz has East Coast roots. The young men met in California and enjoy golf, so when they decided to combine their years of hospitality industry experience and open a restaurant together it seemed natural to pick a coastal spot with plenty of golf courses.
They're creating The 19th Hole Grill & Sports Lounge, and a third silent partner is Joshua Lentz' brother, Bradley Lentz.
The partners have been in town six weeks, and they're renovating the two end units at 4378 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet. That's the former location of the Big Ass Sandwich Co., before the building burned on Easter Day in 2011. It has been completely rebuilt, and Rundle and Lentz are building out a new layout and decor.
They're planning for community tables and cocktail tables, bar seating and a comfortable lounge area. A couple of pool tables and several video games are included in the schematic along with several televisions.
As for the menu, it's still being developed, but the men say it will include build-your-own sandwich and burger choices. Their target opening day is sometime in July.
Tasty Hospital Food
Rocco's New York Deli & Cafe, a restaurant off S.C. 90 in Longs, has a new second location at the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center cafeteria at 809 82nd Parkway in Myrtle Beach.. The menu is mostly the same as at the original location with hearty breakfasts and overstuffed sandwiches. The hospital restaurant hours are daily from 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Cupcakes at Broadway
Cupcakes by Cravinley's is now open at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, near Ripley's Aquarium at 1112 Celebrity Circle. Owners Bradley Livingston and Maria Izquierda decided to expand from their original Garden City location to provide their unique mini cupcakes and sandwiches to a new customer base.
The shop also has freshly baked croissants, fresh fruit cups, mini cheesecakes and pies and salads. The number is (843) 443-9300.
Baja Bistro Anniversary
It has been one year since Baja Bistro Fresh Mex Grille opened at Broadway at the Beach, at 1118 Celebrity Circle (the north side, near Ripley's Aquarium), and this week business was brisk as Chef/owner LeRoy Peralta worked hard to keep up. The CO2 tank needed to be replaced on the soda machine (flat Diet Coke is not fun), crispy taco salad bowls were in high demand and nachos were piling up.
Nothing on the menu is more than $10, with most entrees about $8.
A friend and I tried a Hawaiian Burrito and a Southwest Burrito, which we were invited to semi-customize during a Subway-style assembly process. The food wasn't bad, but it is Americanized versions of Tex-Mex food. That's evidently what dozens of Americans in the restaurant on June 4 wanted.
In addition to burritos, tacos, salads, quesadillas and nachos, Baja Bistro also has an alcohol license, including liquor, so Coronas and Margaritas are popular choices. The number is (843) 712-1105.
Get a Piece of Santa Fe Station History
In last week's roundup you learned about the Santa Fe Station Reunion Party taking place from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 at Dirty Dick's Crab House in North Myrtle Beach. This week general manager Dale Green says 30 or so lucky people who come to the party early will also receive a piece of a genuine Santa Fe Station railroad tie.
Many locals remember Santa Fe Station, a North Myrtle Beach restaurant that had a real train car as part of its structure, and a model train trundled from room to room on a track mounted high on the walls. The train car is gone and a new building was constructed at 1101 U.S. 17 N.; now it's Dirty Dick's Crab House.
Green is inviting all fans of Santa Fe Station to come to the party, and the day will include many food and drink specials including Oysters, Lowcountry Boil, Rum Punch and a Bloody Mary Bar. Live music will be provided by Sea Breeze and Double Trouble, and Green promises "special guest appearances" plus complimentary Santa Fe Station Burgers while they last.
Garden City Beach Cafe Closed Again
On May 16 it was reported Garden City Beach Cafe at 2520 U.S. 17 Business S. in The Oasis Shopping Center had been closed for a week. The next week it reopened, but this week it has been closed again.
Admiral's Flagship Remains Closed
Many readers have inquired if Admiral's Flagship at 4664 U.S. 17 Business in Murrells Inlet is reopening for the season. There is no indication at the restaurant if it will reopen or not. The phone number is not in service.