By Becky Billingsley
Friday, June 22, 2012, Myrtle Beach - Little Pigs BBQ in Myrtle Beach is reopening next week, a new Little Pigs opened in Socastee, food-oriented events are taking place this weekend, and there's a new hibachi restaurant.
Little Pigs Update
Damage from a June 3 fire at Little Pigs BBQ at 6102 Frontage Rd. in Myrtle Beach is almost completely repaired; the restaurant is expected to reopen on Tuesday, June 26. The number there is (843) 692-9774.
In other Little Pigs news, another location has opened at 3901 Dick Pond Rd. in Socastee, at Big Block Junction in the former Double D's Diner. The owners are Jason and Susan Rogers; Jason's aunt and uncle, Robert and Connie Huffling, own the Little Pigs in Myrtle Beach.
Douglas Rogers, Jason's father, opened the original Little Pigs in 1977 in Greenville. On June 21, Douglas was in the new restaurant chopping pork.
The menu at the new Little Pigs is much the same as the one in Myrtle Beach, except this one also has ribs, barbecue hash and chopped chicken. The number is (843) 808-0238, and it's open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays.
Tomo Japanese Hibachi is now open in the former location of Ichiro's Express at 1225 38th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach. It's open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and you can check out the entire menu HERE.
Summer Solstice Menu
I now have more information about the menu at tonight's (Friday, June 22) South Carolina Maritime Museum's Summer Solstice Celebration scheduled for 6-8 p.m. They are serving these salads: Chicken, Tuna Pasta, Green Bean and Corn, Chopped, Black Bean and Corn, Vegetable Pasta and Watermelon Salad. For dessert there'll be Brownies, Lemon Bars, Apple Spice Cake and Cookies. The museum has a back deck with a gorgeous view of the Sampit River. Tickets are $30 at the door.
The South Carolina Maritime Museum is at 729 Front St. in Georgetown, and the number is (843) 520-0111.
If you've never seen a live crab race, they're exciting and fun. Dirty Dick's Crab House is having one from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, June 23, and proceeds benefit Camp Kemo, which sends young cancer patients and their siblings toa a week-long summer camp. Dirty Dick promises goodie bags and gifts for all participants, and general manager Dale Green says, "Crabs are currently training at private residences all over the Grand Strand area, as well as the Japanese crab entry, Sushi Girl 'Edith Raw,' who is enjoying her training along the Murrells Inlet area." Dirty Dick's Crab House is at 1101 U.S. 17 N. in North Myrtle Beach, and the number is (843) 663-3499.
Foodie Fun on the Beach
LandShark Bar & Grill at 1110 N. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach is having a special day of events from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 23. The day will start with a beach clean-up, followed by paddle boarding, live music, food samples, beach games and giveaways. You can find out more HERE.
Changes Coming to Socastee Restaurant
The Gator at 4505 Socastee Blvd. in Myrtle Beach is becoming Niki's Bar & Grill. Niki Maher is a longtime bartender at The Gator, and she and her husband, Tom Maher, are having a grand opening transition party on July 1.
The Beach Life is a Tasty Life
A reader recently recommended trying the Lowcountry Egg Roll at Pier House Restaurant, which is at Second Avenue Pier in Myrtle Beach. Diners can also order finger foods up in the third-floor Pier View Bar, so picture this: A warm afternoon, sea breezes keeping things cool, an ever-changing beachscape of strolling tourists, swimmers, banner planes and parasailers, a frosty beverage and a Lowcountry Egg Roll ($8), which is filled with grits, collards and barbecue pork, served with spicy Peach Chutney made of green and red bell peppers, tomatoes, peaches, purple onions and garlic slices.
Pier House is off Ocean Boulevard at 2nd Avenue South in Myrtle Beach, and the number is (843) 445-7437.
First Rocco's Closed
On June 15 we reported 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. However, this week the original Longs location has been closed, and the phone is not answered during normal business hours.