By Becky Billingsley
Friday, August 31, 2012, Myrtle Beach – Restaurant staff changes, a kitchen for rent, festivals and other tasty happenings are part of this week’s Myrtle Beach Restaurant News Roundup.
Peter Dombrowski, director of operations at Greg Norman’s Australian Grille since it opened in 1999, and executive chef Jeff Edwards are no longer working at the restaurant. General manager Scott Grau says there are no immediate plans to hire successors.
Kitchen For Rent
TCBY Coming to Pawleys Island
It is confirmed that TCBY is bringing its 12 rotating flavors of frozen yogurt, including Greek frozen yogurt, to the south end of the Grand Strand at The Promenade at Litchfield, a 60,000 square-foot lifestyle center that’s planning to open in the first half of 2013. Hill Partners, Inc., of Charlotte is developing The Promenade, which will be located next to Litchfield Golf & Country Club and across U.S. 17 from Litchfield by the Sea. It will contain a mix of tenants.
Beach Boogie & BBQ
The Beach Boogie & BBQ Festival starts tonight (Chairman of the Board performs at 8 tonight!) and continues through Sunday, Sept. 2 at Grand Park at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach. If you want barbecue from contenders from the official Barbecue Championship of South Carolina and from Shriners, it will be sold starting at noon on Saturday at $10 for unlimited samples, and in previous years it sold out quickly. Other events include live music from a variety of bands, wakeboarding demonstrations, fireworks on Saturday night and free watermelon on Sunday, while supplies last.
Brews, Blues & BBQ
Pulled Pork, Rib Fingers, Smoked Brisket and more will be sold in sample sizes for $1-$4, and specialty craft beers will be $3-$4 from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1 at House of Blues at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach. Tim Allen’s Bluestime and Hip Kitty will perform, and it will be a party atmosphere, complete with prizes.
Three Buck Pizza Buffet
On Sept. 6, CiCi’s Pizza at 3550 Northgate Dr. in Myrtle Beach is offering a couple of dollars off on its budget pizza buffet. Billed as National Guest Appreciation Day, the buffet will be $2.99 that day and includes pizza, pasta, soup, salad and desserts.
Paddleboard Race and Handmade Market
Lulu’s Café and Surf City Surf Shop are sponsoring a 3.5-mile paddleboard race starting at 8 a.m. on Sept. 8 at The Boathouse, which is at 201 Fantasy Harbour Blvd. in Myrtle Beach. The entry fee is $25 and includes the race, a swag bag, food, drinks, prizes and an after-party at a Handmade Market at Lulu’s, which starts after the race at 10 a.m. Lulu’s is at 1903 N. Ocean Blvd. in Myrtle Beach, and the number is 712-1890. A registration form for the paddleboard race is on the Lulu’s Café Facebook page.
During the month of September, the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is celebrating local food and restaurants. Various area restaurants are offering specials, and the museum will host food-themed events. For the schedule, visit http://www.myrtlebeachartmuseum.org/.
Starting today and until the contest ends on Sept. 7, votes at US Foods’ Next Top Product contest each count for ten votes instead of just one. People can vote once per day, and they can use them to help Barbara Whitley of Crady’s Restaurant in Conway with her entry of Fresh Peach Cupcakes with Apple Butter Cream Frosting.
Whitley’s recipe was the only one selected from South Carolina, and if she is one of the top three vote-getters, she will go to Chicago later in September to present her recipe to a judge panel at the US Foods Fall Food Lovers Forum. One of those three will receive the $20,000 makeover and their recipe developed into a new US Foods Chef’s Line product for national distribution. The two runners-up will each receive $1,000 in credit from US Foods.
Click HERE to vote.