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From the MarshWalk to the beach: Wicked Tuna 2 coming to Myrtle Beach

A popular restaurant on the MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet is opening a new location in the heart of Myrtle Beach. A popular restaurant on the MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet is opening a new location in the heart of Myrtle Beach.
It will be a three-story, nearly 15,000 square foot restaurant with a view. It will be a three-story, nearly 15,000 square foot restaurant with a view.
The lot is small, though, and people who work nearby are worried about such a large restaurant fitting into the spot. It's currently a parking lot for LuLu's Café right next door. The lot is small, though, and people who work nearby are worried about such a large restaurant fitting into the spot. It's currently a parking lot for LuLu's Café right next door.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A popular restaurant on the MarshWalk in Murrells Inlet is opening a new location in the heart of Myrtle Beach.

It will be a three-story, nearly 15,000 square foot restaurant with a view: right on the 1900 block of North Ocean Boulevard across the street from the beach, and it's a familiar name. You've probably eaten at the original on the MarshWalk; this will be the Wicked Tuna 2.

The design submitted to the City of Myrtle Beach shows each level will have dining areas and outdoor seating.

Across the street on the oceanfront is Anderson Park, where there are trees, but the second and third floors of the restaurant will have a mostly unobstructed view of the ocean.

"Downtown needs a little bit of revamping," Lauren Campbell, who works at Lulu's Cafe said. "Maybe some new restaurants to bring a new vibe kind of, freshen up the area a little bit. Give it that new feel I think a lot of locals and tourists would attract more to."

The plans include the construction of a large parking lot right behind Wicked Tuna 2 and Lulu's Cafe, off Withers Drive.

Management at one restaurant nearby said the plans have been in the works for a few years. They were happy to see another food option for tourists and locals, because there aren't many on the Boulevard.

"We like to have a fun, hip vibe," Campbell said. "Have new people coming around. They know the area, and just kind of be attracted to the beach right across the street and just hop from restaurant to bar to restaurant so if we can keep them in this area that's definitely our goal."

Tourists said when they come to the beach, having nice restaurants they can walk to can make or break the trip, and it's something that Myrtle Beach lacks.

"I mean there's no parking here either," explained tourist Gabriel Powell. "You don't want to lose your parking spot so you're kind of forced to go to whatever is nearby, but if there's nothing good nearby, it doesn't make a good experience."

"A lot of the places you just don't feel safe in," agreed Hunter Stamps. "And to have like a nice, upscale restaurant around here in walking distance is really nice."

On Thursday, the Wicked Tuna 2 plans will go back before the City of Myrtle Beach's Community Appearance Board for a final approval. The plans were already approved in September, but since more than six months passed, they must be approved again. 

Representatives with Wicked Tuna in Murrells Inlet said construction could start within the month and the owner hopes to start seating tables by spring of 2017.

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