By DEUCE NIVEN
UPDATE: Restaurants in Loris, throughout Horry County and across South Carolina will either become take-out and delivery services or close, Gov. Henry McMaster ordered Tuesday afternoon.
His order, mirroring that of Gov. Roy Cooper in North Carolina, is effective Wednesday.
Loris restaurants already offering take-out or drive-thru services are expected to continue those operations. We will update our list on how other restaurants will respond to the order to close as soon as we can.
Check back here, and in the Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online, for those updates.
Restaurants in Tabor City are converting to take-out, and in some cases delivery service only beginning this evening in expectation of a governor’s order later today.
Some restaurants in Loris have already instituted those polices, though there has been no executive order issues in South Carolina as of Tuesday morning.
Gov. Roy Cooper, in a news release Tuesday morning, said an executive order expected this afternoon will require that all restaurants and bars statewide be closed to dine-in service, with take-out and delivery the only option.
“The executive order will also include an expansion of unemployment insurance to help North Carolina workers affected by COVID-19,” the governor’s news release said.
Every locally owned Tabor City restaurant was contacted Tuesday, with owners or representatives saying they will remain open with take-out service, with one exception.
Coleman’s Drive-In owner Ladonna Williamson, just moments after learning of the governor’s planned order Tuesday morning, said “I’ve got to figure out something.”
Mama’s Restaurant, on Hickman Road, has delivery service and that will remain in place, Joanne Neese said there.
“We’re going to stay with whatever the governor orders,” Adam’s Seafood and Steaks owner Adam Carteret said. “This is a time for strength and a time for prayer. It’s kind of a blow to everybody.”
“We’re just taking it a day at a time,” BlueByrd Café & Bakery owner Pam Byrd said. “I know that the precautions are necessary. They are just trying to keep that peak from spiking and keeping everyone safe.”
Fast food chain restaurants McDonald’s and Burger King both have drive-through service, and food trucks in town are not impacted by the governor’s order.
Responses from those locally owned restaurants include:
- Adam’s Seafood & Steaks, 211 N US 701 Bypass: Take-out service will remain open, with a drive-through window available.
- BlueByrd Café, 217 Hickman Road: Take-out service will remain open, a walk-up window is available.
- Coleman’s Drive-In, 101 Jernigan Street: Take-out service will remain open.
- Fowler’s Grill, 211 Hickman Road: Take-out service will remain available.
- Friendly Seafood, 104 Green Sea Road: Take outs will be available.
- Mama’s Restaurant, 101 Hickman Road: Take-outs and delivery available
- Maxime’s Restaurant, 300 South Main Street: Take outs will remain available.
With no directive from state government on Tuesday, some restaurants were open, others had gone to take-out and/or drive-through service only.
Those restaurants, and policies as of Tuesday were:
- American Hero: Call in and pick-up from window
- Back Street Café: Open
- Benny Hibachi: Drive-thru only
- Bojangles: Drive-thru only
- China King: Take-out only
- Fowler’s Grill take-out and delivery only
- The Grind: Take-out or drive thru only
- Hardee’s: Open
- Jade Garden: Take-out only
- KFC: Drive-thru only
- McDonalds: Open
- Panchitos Mexican Restaurant: Open
- Rockefeller’s: Open
- Santino’s Pizza: Take-out only
- Shorty’s Grill: Take-out only
- Subway: Drive-thru only
- Sunshine Pancake House: Open
- Tammy’s Backyard BBQ: Open
- Tokyo Express: Open
- Wendy’s: Drive-thru only
Look for more on the local COVID-19 response as events warrant here and in the Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.