New restaurants along 501 look to cash in

Published: May. 7, 2013 at 9:50 PM EDT|Updated: May. 7, 2013 at 10:05 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Sam Snead's Oak Grill & Tavern is coming back to the Grand Strand, but this time its finding a home along Highway 501 in Carolina Forest.

The golf inspired restaurant is set to have a grand opening May 22. On Tuesday crews were working to get the eatery cleaned and prepped for when Sam Snead's son arrives early next week to place his father's memorabilia among the restaurant.

Monday servers will be trained on the casual fine dining menu and handling guests. The building is located in Forest Square at the former Max & Erma's location.

Construction on the changes to the venue is complete with a bar, private dining areas, and outdoor seating.

Michael Shaal is the owner of the restaurant. He said he wants the establishment to become apart of the community, "we thought it would be a perfect location."

Shaal said about six to eight years ago there was a Sam Snead location down restaurant row. That location didn't work out, but managers are confident on the 501 location.

"This particular building fit the profile as far as the size of the building the neighborhood and demographics. And the golf I mean it should be here," said Paul Delgardo General Manager.

Sam Snead's new restaurant will be in good company since two new restaurants are just down the road.

Olive Garden opened just about a week ago. According to the General Manager Bentley Thurlow, business has been tremendous. "Predominately the guests we saw last week were all locally based people. The Carolina Forest community has really embraced us."

Thurlow said there is nothing really negative so far about being right along 501. "In the downtown Myrtle Beach locations we had a great response, and it's continued up here."

The restaurant is neighbor to the Olive Garden and the Explore Asian Bistro & Grill. Amy Cao is the manager of the bistro and grill and she said so far in the location she has noticed there is appeal from many different aspects.

Cao said so far they're pulling business from nearby universities, hotels, and the Tanger Outlets.

Currently there a no additional building permits issued right now for this particular area of 501, which means at least for now, no future plans for other new restaurant ventures.

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