by Melissa LaScaleia
Thomas Stevens is the owner and operator of the Myrtle Beach franchise location, Bar Louie. There are one hundred and forty Bar Louies nationwide; the brand originated in Chicago in 1991.
Thomas is originally from Texas, and spent most of his life working in the restaurant industry in Atlanta, Georgia. He eventually returned to his roots and moved back to Texas. His wife’s family is from Charleston, and after some years, the two decided to relocate to this area to be closer to her relatives, and settled on Myrtle Beach as home.
“I was looking around for concepts and new ideas of what I could do when I discovered Bar Louie,” Thomas says. “I moved forward with the venture and bought the franchise for this area.”
When Thomas discovered Broadway at the Beach, he knew it would be the perfect locale for his new venture. Bar Louie opened its doors in August 2019, next door to Dave and Busters.
The trendy restaurant/bar embodies a contemporary style, serving easy but innovative American fare like gourmet craft burgers; sandwiches; an assortment of flatbreads like roasted veggies and buffalo chicken; and always-fan-favorites like flash-fried calamari; shrimp tempura; and Bavarian pretzels.
There’s also a variety of entree options. Appetizers designed for sharing cater to groups of friends gathering for bites and brews to enjoy over conversation or a game.
“Most of our menu items are made from scratch, including our sauces,” Thomas says. “And we serve fantastic desserts.
“I would describe us as an upscale casual American bistro eatery meets bar, gastro-pub. Basically, an upscale bar with really good food. And the prices are fair, especially for Broadway at the Beach.”
Bar Louie is the spot to watch football on the weekends— they have about twenty-six HD TVs. Larger games are broadcasted over the sound system.
“It’s a great place to come to have lunch or dinner, meet up with friends, and share appetizers and enjoy our happy hour menus,” Thomas says. “This is a place where all ages can fit in and have a good time and feel comfortable: teenagers, couples, friends, work colleagues, and families. We have a kids menu and are very family friendly.”
Bar Louie has a lot of options for serving customers.