MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A family owned Mexican restaurant celebrated its grand opening at the boardwalk Saturday. The family chose to open "Nacho Mama's" on Saturday specifically because of the Cinco De Mayo holiday.
"There was no Mexican food down here and it was just a passion of ours," said Owner Deann Sarver.
Another Mexican restaurant on Ocean Boulevard, just blocks from "Nacho Mama's," also expected to host a grand opening Saturday.
"Banditos" had expected to open on Cinco de Mayo, but Director of Operations Manager Sean Christenson said the restaurant now expects to open mid-June.
"We've had problems in the up front of permitting and getting everything together with all of the contractors and everything that's involved. It just takes a lot of time to get everything moving in that direction so it's taken a little bit more time up front. We've covered and leaped over those hurdles and we're moving forward and everything's been moving really quickly since we've broken ground," Christenson said.
Both restaurants agree that the competition between the two will not be negative.
"As restaurants go, we like competition. We like to be close together," Christenson said.
"We're just so totally different. Their menu is going to be totally different from ours, and we're gonna specialize in a lot of hands-on, homemade salsas and tortillas," Sarver said.
Both restaurants said they will be aiding the economy by hiring new employees to help run the business. Nacho Mama's will hire at least twelve new employees to accommodate the late hours.
During the busy season, owners said the restaurant will likely stay open until 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning.
Christenson said Banditos is holding a job fair Monday May 7th to Friday, May 11th. The restaurant expects to hire between 80-100 new employees. The job fair is from 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. each day at its corporate office on 17th Ave and Oak St. in Myrtle Beach.
Both restaurants agree that it could bring in more business having two of the same type of venue so close to one another.
"The more restaurants you gather close together, the more business you have for everyone," Christenson said.