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What’s New In Myrtle Beach for 2013?

What’s New In Myrtle Beach for 2013?

With its wealth of restaurants and attractions, Myrtle Beach keeps fresh at the forefront for those wanting to eat and enjoy the latest.

One the newest additions to Myrtle Beach’s culinary landscape is Banditos, 1410 N. Ocean Blvd. The restaurant debuted in the summer of 2012 with a menu showcasing the most popular Mexican food from the United States and South America. Made-from-scratch salsas and sauces, Spanish chorizo and sweet corn burritos are some of the authentic specialties available in the dozens of entrees offered. The restaurant also boasts more than 100 kinds of tequila and is distinguished in looks by a blend of hardwood décor and colorful ceramic tiles with Southwestern accents.

While Mexican food continues its dominant presence in Myrtle Beach, frozen yogurt is becoming the new craze in the city. In 2012, for example, Orange Leaf, 3020 Nevers St., opened during the summer at The Market Common. The shop is decorated in bright orange and white and sells an assortment of gourmet yogurt. Sweet Frog, which opened in Carolina Forest in 2011, opened a new location, 706 B North Ocean Boulevard, in the summer of 2012, too.

Myrtle Beach also welcomed a one-of-a-kind theatre in the summer of 2012.

Carmike Cinemas Inc. opened the BIGD theatre, formerly IMAX 3D Theatre, and features a screen more than 82 feet wide and three stories high on which films in both 2D and 3D are shown at Broadway at the Beach. The theater also has a digital audio system with quad-amplified, 4-way speakers and six 21-inch subwoofers. Comfortable rocking high-back seats made from leather help keep the audience relaxed in a plush mode.

Myrtle Beach also rolled out the retail carpet in 2012 – a new location of Target, 140 Sayebrook Parkway. The store, which debuted in July, was ushered in with great fanfare. The store is about 135,000 square feet, employs about 200 and has the traditional Target retail store and a grocery section that has an array of fresh produce, packaged meat and baked goods.

Other business news in 2012 included Frontier Communications opening a call center in Myrtle Beach and hiring more than 100 employees. In addition, another business, Native Sons, a major screen-printing company, expanded its facility by moving to  larger, 56,000 square foot building with plans to grow its staff by nearly 80 jobs.

“We have so many new things here in the last five years,” said City of Myrtle Beach spokesman Mark Kruea. “The SkyWheel, WonderWorks, Legends in Concert, [Myrtle Beach Oceanfront] Boardwalk [and Promenade] and [Myrtle Beach] Zipline Adventures are among them.”

The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel – the 187-foot-tall Ferris wheel that is the first observation wheel of its kind in America, the second in North America and the largest wheel of any kind east of the Mississippi River – is a popular tourist attraction that towers 200 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. While riding in fully enclosed capsules called gondolas, riders get an unobstructed, aerial view of the Myrtle Beach area. On a clear day, they can see up to 40 miles down the coastline to Southport, N.C.

The Oceanfront Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade – a project that took nine months to construct, cost nearly $7 million and required more than 800,000 feet of lumber – is a 1.2 mile long boardwalk that heightens the character and beauty of the area by shining the spotlight on the businesses, sights and sounds along the stretch of beach from 14th Ave. N. to 2nd Ave. Pier.

The aforementioned is just a glimpse of what Myrtle Beach offered up in 2012 that was new. And if its past is an indication of future events, 2013 will be just as diverse and exciting.

Posted 1/2/2013

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