By Becky Billingsley
Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, Myrtle Beach - A restaurant expansion, a couple of inspirational success stories, oyster roasts, Valentine's Day menus and a tip for getting your business noticed on the Web - for free - are part of this week's delectable assortment of Myrtle Beach restaurant news nuggets.
Burger Brothers Expanding
Dan and Tina Malfroid have leased their current Burger Brothers restaurant to Alan and Kellie Shulver, who are turning the spot at 1518 4th Ave. in Conway into Burger Brothers Express. When the transition is complete, the plan is for the express location to serve burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, chicken tenders, fries and ice cream in five minutes or less, and will specialize in carry-out and drive-through service.
The Malfroids are taking their next step a few blocks away to 601 Church St. in Conway, which is the former location of Luigi's Italian Restaurant and El Cerro Mexican Restaurant. It will be called Burger Brothers Buffet & Steak House, and Dan Malfroid says it will have, "...a huge buffet with salad bar and dessert bar. We will also offer several kinds of steaks, and everything else you loved on our dinner menu." The new restaurant should be open for business in about three weeks.
Local Chef on National TV Again
Chef Andreann Geise, who has appeared on Ultimate Recipe Showdown hosted by Guy Fieri on the Food Network, is going to be on Season 2 of "The Perfect 3," which airs on the Cooking Channel. The chef's Quiche recipe (http://blog.cookingchanneltv.com/2012/01/31/the-perfect-3-season-two-winners/) earned her finalist status, plus a trip to New York City for the filming.
Two great oyster roasts are taking place this weekend on the south end of the Grand Strand.
One is the Fifth Anniversary Bash for MyrtleBeachRestaurantNews.com. It's from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 11, at Island Bar & Grill in Surfside Beach. Details are HERE.
The other is the 4th Annual GSScene 4th Annual Shuckin on the Strand Oyster Roast from 1-6 p.m. on Saturday at the Hot Fish Club. Details for that one are HERE.
Valentine's Day Menus
We're up to 26 area Valentine's Day menu listings right here on MyrtleBeachRestaurantNews.com. You can look them over HERE.
Rootin' Tootin' Fruitin' Gluten-free
Many readers have been inquiring about gluten-free dining choices, and a couple came to my attention this week.
The first is the lunch I had on Thursday at Hard Rock Cafe at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach: The Anti-Cobb Salad. This enormous salad will satisfy any fruit craving, because fresh lettuce is topped with dried cranberries, Granny Smith apple slices, strawberries, diced chicken breast, orange segments, avocado and mango. It comes with Tangerine Balsamic dressing.
Abuelo's Mexican Restaurant, at 740 Coastal Grand Circle at Coastal Grand Mall in Myrtle Beach has a new gluten-sensitive menu with 14 dishes including salads, Tex-Mex plates, house specialties and dessert. A few choices are Yucatan Shrimp Fajita Salad, Tamale Plate, Pork Tenderloin with Honey Chile Glaze, Bacon-wrapped Stuffed Shrimp Fajitas, Pork Tenderloin Fajitas, Vegetable Fajitas and Flan.
If your restaurant (or any business) isn't yet on Google Places, you can sign up for free HERE. A great new feature is the business owner can upload up to 10 business photos, so potential diners can see your restaurant's interior and a sampling of dishes.
Coastal Cooks, the culinary school at Street Reach founded by Cooper House owner Rita Gray and Cooper House chef Betty Bromley, is experiencing success. Classes are being taught be Chef Peter Sinish, and Gray says 15 people graduated from the program in December, and four of those students have jobs.
"Coastal Cooks is going to cook for a charity event here at the Cooper House on Feb. 11th," Gray said via e-mail this week. "How cool is it that one charity is going to help another one make some money. Yeah! Team work is what it is all about."
Whiskers and Wags Seeking Donations
The annual Whiskers and Wags wine tasting fund-raiser held at The Brentwood Restaurant at 4269 Luck Ave. in Little River is scheduled this year for 6-9 p.m. on June 4. Proceeds from a silent auction benefit The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach, and donations for the auction are sought. You can CLICK HERE to download the donation form.