By Becky Billingsley
Wednesday, June 20, 2012, Myrtle Beach - Cypress Camping Resort is a new campground beside the Intracoastal Waterway in Myrtle Beach (behind Socastee Elementary School), and that's where Rhett and Morgan Woolard are operating Waterway Cafe.
The Woolards are young newlyweds - he is 22, and she is 20 - who married in November 2011. The young couple also have other jobs, and Morgan attends Horry-Georgetown Technical College. They've both worked in local restaurants since they were young teenagers (you may remember Morgan from her time as a mermaid at the now-closed SeaFare Restaurant), and they decided operating their own cafe is a solid step toward a secure future.
Waterway Cafe is located at the rear of the campground office, near the entrance and beside a brand new playground. Everything at Cypress Camping Resort, owned by Kenneth and Heather Hucks, is shiny-new, including the pool, landscaping, camping cabins and docks. There are also camping dormitories perfect for church youth groups, sports teams or overnight birthday parties.
The menu is simple and inexpensive with burgers, sandwiches, hot dogs, chips, boiled peanuts, nachos, snacks, candy and drinks, including Red Bull. The most expensive menu item ($5) is their signature dish called Waterway Fries, which is topped with melted cheese, Ranch dressing, pork barbecue and chicken.
Later in the year the Woolards hope to have the equipment necessary to also offer fried fish and shrimp.
Indoor seating is available, but most people choose to eat at umbrella-topped tables on the patio overlooking the playground and the campground pool. Only registered campers are allowed to swim, but the public is welcome to visit the cafe, and children dining with adults may enjoy the playground.
Visitors can also pull up by boat and dock while they dine. Waterway Cafe is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the number is (843) 450-9030.