Sam Lauren has built a mix of restaurants along the Intracoastal Waterway on Restaurant Row, and the largest and final room in the multi-restaurant complex opens Monday afternoon.
Lauren was hoping to open Clearwater Oyster Bar and Grill before the summer tourist season, but the opening was delayed by issues with staff and the delivery of equipment and furniture, according to John Maloney, director of operations for all restaurants. .
Some items are still overdue and concessions have been made to open, including changing the type of outdoor picnic tables and bar stools for the back deck along the waterway. But the restaurant is ready for a smooth opening to the public at 4 p.m.
Clearwater is a sprawling restaurant that seats over 400 inside and out, and it joins Soho Steak and Seafood, which offers sushi, The Chophouse Prime Steakhouse, and Burger Boys – all Lauren-owned restaurants that have opened in 2020 or 2021.
âIf you are looking for a breakfast, if you are looking for a quality steak, if you are looking for authentic Italian food, if you are looking for the freshest sushi around Myrtle Beach, or if you are looking for [oysters] . . . you don’t have to go to different areas of Myrtle Beach to find them, âsaid Maloney. “We are trying to accommodate them in one place.”
Clearwater Oyster Bar and Grill offers up to eight types of oysters on ice from different regions and different food vendors to ensure options and quality, and customers can choose their oysters to eat raw or choose the cooking method. .
âAnywhere we can get the freshest oysters, that’s where we’re going to get them,â said Maloney. âWe will also have different sellers and distributors for the fish. We have found over the years that different distributors get slightly better products from different regions. You choose where you get it from to make sure you get the best.
There’s a glass cooler with whole fish that customers can choose for their fillets, and a lobster tank where customers can choose the lobster they want to eat. King crab, snow crab, blue crab, shrimp, swordfish, and tender octopus should also be staples, while seafood-based soups and salads are also offered.
âEverything is going to be made to order for now. We’re not going to do anything, so it will be an experience, âsaid Executive Chef and General Manager Sammy Carannante. âAnd our boss only wants to use the best quality product, he wants nothing less than that. So the food is going to be amazing and the experience is going to be amazing.
While seafood will be the focus, Clearwater also has traditional Tex-Mex offerings such as tacos, fajitas, and burritos, and wings, steak, and chicken are also on the menu.
âMexican food is a very popular item right now, and I think it mixes well,â Lauren said.
A floating dock has been installed to allow boaters to moor and walk to the aft deck. Lauren said the bridge and wharf are reinforced with tons and tons of concrete. âThe amount of concrete we put in here allows you to build the Empire State Building,â Lauren said.
Waterway views are prevalent on the large aft deck which has multiple sections and tables with umbrellas, some accommodating larger groups.
The aft deck includes a closed gazebo bar as well as an elevated room with a stage for shows.
The main dining room will be casual and a second dining room can be used for large groups and parties or can become a more formal dining room.
Lauren’s last location in Soho was the first to open at the resort last July, and The Chophouse opened soon after above Soho, offering both hand-cut and 35-day-aged steaks and Italian cuisine including fresh homemade pasta.
Soho also serves Carolina’s Breakfast House in the morning and early afternoon with a breakfast menu and a breakfast and brunch buffet.
Burger Boys opened this spring with never-frozen beef burgers and other offerings including fries, onion rings, jalapeÃ±o poppers and mozzarella sticks. âIf you love burgers, you’ll love our burgers,â said Maloney.
The restaurants are in a reconstructed space that once housed Thee DollHouse and The Afterdeck.
This story was originally published September 20, 2021 at 12:46 pm.