A new Italian restaurant and a Mexican restaurant will fill the empty spaces at Broadway at the Beach that were left when Burroughs & Chapin Co. Inc. ended contracts with the previous renters.
Carlos'n Charlie's, which plans to move into the former Tony Roma's space, will serve soup, salad, sandwiches and seafood with a Mexican twist, said general manager Jerry Lomeli. It plans to repaint the building and add carousel horses, if the Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board approves the plan.
"We were planning since a long time ago to open a restaurant here," he said. "We were just waiting for a good location."
Lomeli said with the name recognition and the traffic at Broadway at the Beach it will be a good fit.
Capriz, which will move into the space occupied by Tripps Restaurant, is a family-style all-you-can-eat Italian restaurant. It plans to add a covered terrace, repaint the building and replace the roof if the CAB approves the changes.
Both restaurants are likely to open sometime in April, pending CAB approval and completion of the upgrades.
Tony Roma's closed Sept. 12 after its lease was not renewed. At the time, Romy Chapman, the general manager, said the restaurant had wanted to renew the lease but was not allowed to. The restaurant had been doing well and business was steady, Chapman said.
Tony Roma's and Tripps, which closed in October, had been open since Broadway at the Beach debuted 15 years ago.
"The addition of Capriz and Carlos'n Charlie's is part of our continuing vision to bring new and exciting things to Broadway at the Beach," said Patrick Walsh, B&C's senior vice president of commercial asset management. There hadn't been a new restaurant at the entertainment complex since 2005 so it was time to change the options, he said.
Both new restaurants are owned and operated by groups that already have a restaurant at Broadway at the Beach. Carlos'n Charlie's shares a parent company, Grupo Anderson's, with Senor Frogs. Capriz is a new type of restaurant for the TBonz Restaurant Group, which owns Liberty Steakhouse and Brewery.
"We have relationships with all of our existing merchants, and they've got other concepts out there and where we see the need or we think the opportunity exists we will work with them to bring those concepts to Broadway at the Beach," he said.
The restaurants were chosen because they were the best fit for Broadway and have the best opportunity for success, Walsh said.