New restaurants open doors in the 501

May 18, 2013 by  

Myrtle Beach foodies will have new restaurants to enjoy as several new eateries are open, or are opening soon, along Highway 501 in Carolina Forest. The town is only about seven miles from Myrtle Beach.

The familiar chain Olive Garden opened a new location in Carolina Forest a week ago, close to the Explore Asian Bistro & Grill. Managers of both spots say they are doing exceptionally well, and have attracted customers from Carolina Forest, as well as pulling them from nearby hotels, universities, and the Tanger Outlets store. Olive Garden general manager Bentley Thurlow says the chain has enjoyed a booming business in its locations in Myrtle Beach proper, and is getting a great response at its newest location.

Perhaps the biggest news on the restaurant scene is the upcoming opening of Sam Snead’s Oak Grill & Tavern, set for this Wednesday, May 22. The golf-themed restaurant, which is a franchise, is named after one of the greatest players in history and is full of golfing memorabilia. A previous downtown location closed about five years ago, and fans of the place have been waiting for it to reopen.

Michael Shaal, who owns the restaurant, believes the location on 501 is perfect, and enjoyed a visit from Sam Snead’s son last week as he put some of his father’s memorabilia in place.

All these restaurants will want to bring in business, so it could also mean a boost for local print companies that provide business card printing and stationery printing services.