The name says it all for Art Burger Sushi Bar, the latest addition to the oceanfront nightlife/dining lineup along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.
In addition to a great beachfront location and a hip young crowd, you can expect four things from Art Burger Sushi Bar. You guessed it: art, burgers and sushi, plus one of the most unique bars in downtown Myrtle Beach.
Modern art at Art Burger Sushi Bar — Photo courtesy of Art Burger Sushi Bar
The "art" comes first for a reason. It is the raison d'etra of owner and longtime local restauranteur Larry Bond, who had always wanted to merge his profession with his passion and create an art-themed eatery/night club.
Along with his wife, Fabriana, Bond has created a digital video gallery on the walls to display the works of the masters as well as local artists.
Bond plans to host shows for the local art community and draw a trendier clientele to the Boardwalk, which is better known for beer and burger joints than upscale lounges.
That explains the second word in the unique title: burger. It's not often you see the great American staple sharing top billing with art and sushi, but that's the point.
Being different is good when you're located in a 1.2-mile row of beach trinket shops and Jimmy Buffett-wannabe beach bars. But rather than take credit for an original idea, the bizarre merger of art, burgers and sushi is more a matter of function than style. Realizing sushi has a limited following, Bond added the burgers to appeal to the masses.
Among the 16 gourmet burgers on the menu are the Da Vinci, the Rembrandt, the Rockwell and the Van Gough, and the ABSB logo is burned right into the bun. Pair it with a sushi roll, and wash it all down with a cold beer or a frozen drink.
Which brings us to the last (but definitely not the least) word in the title: bar. Boasting a unique liquid fusion system fueled by liquid nitrogen, the bar area is covered with a cloud of vapor hovering above the service station. Capable of reaching sub-zero temperatures in seconds, the high-tech blender makes amazing frozen drinks as well as cool and creative desserts.
ABSB is open for lunch and dinner but serves until 1 a.m. Bond hopes the late-night crowd will continue to migrate to the downtown district after hours, now that the old Pavilion neighborhood takes on a more modern vibe.
Art, burger, sushi, bar – it all adds up to a cool new addition to the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk nightlife scene.