Popular MB club ravaged by fire not to reopen

Published: Feb. 22, 2013 at 12:03 AM EST|Updated: Mar. 7, 2013 at 9:55 PM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A piece of history in Myrtle Beach will soon be torn down after the building that housed it was destroyed by fire.

WMBF News reported that fire that engulfed the Time Out! Bar as breaking news on WMBF News Today back in October 2012. Now those involved with the bar say it will not be reopening.

Time Out! bartender Charles Foster was there that night, and he says he could barely watch the building get swallowed up by flames.

"A couple blocks I walked, and I saw it as it was happening - it was like, 'Is this happening?,'" said Foster.

Now nearly four months later, you can still see the marks from the flames, and the irreparable damage that started in the roof.

For those like Tim Mcghee who loved the nightclub, it's still a reminder.

"It's sort of a ghost," said McGhee. "I don't like driving by it because it's not the Time Out! that I knew."

The building has since been gutted and boarded, now a shell here at the beach. Time Out! bar stood for more than 20 years, and it was more like a home.

"Myrtle Beach is a transient community," said McGhee. "So there really isn't a section of town where all the gay people live and shop. We're just everywhere. So this is sort of our little meeting place."

It was a place that used to be packed with all kinds of people from different walks of life.

"Pretty sure this summer, you will have thousands of people that will be driving up to this beach, and plan on coming here," Foster predicted.

They'll be coming to see what once stood here, as there are plans to demolish what's left of the building.

Foster explains, "You'll never have that same feeling that this building had: 23 years from thousands and thousands of people that come in and out."

Though the walls will be knocked down, Foster feels what Time Out! represented will never go away.

"It's just a structure, but the memories are out there, every where."

Foster, McGhee and others will take those memories, and use them to look toward the future.

"You can't rebuild legends, you can't rebuild pasts," McGhee said. "So if anything if they rebuild new memories and a new future."

WMBF News talked with a contractor with the City of Myrtle Beach, who said all the official permits have been pulled for the demolition, but no date has been set.

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