Food & Drink

If Joe Loves Lobster Rolls was too far for you to visit before, you really won’t like the new location

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Joe Loves Lobster-Seafood & Game, which recently closed its Ridgeland location, has reopened in a new town — three hours away.

The restaurant announced on Facebook on Tuesday that it had reopened on Pawley’s Island, which sits just south of Myrtle Beach.

There don’t appear to be plans for the restaurant to open another location in the Beaufort County area — at least anytime soon.

“I miss my fans down in Ridgeland and the surrounding area,” the post says. “I will never forget you guys. I hope that if you are ever traveling through, you can stop by and say hi.”

The restaurant, known for its lobster rolls, closed last month. It had significantly cut its hours in October after the owner said he was facing a worker shortage.

Owner Tony Herndon blamed the shortage on a lack of “work ethic” in the industry. He also said his staff consisted of him and his daughter at that time.

Other restaurants in the area have cut hours for what they also claim is a workforce shortage. Yet, those restaurants have pointed toward a lack of affordable housing and public transportation options.

Joe Loves Lobster’s website states the restaurant will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

The restaurant is at 12036 Ocean Highway. For more information email joelovesrepawleys@gmail.com.

Teresa Moss: 843-706-8152, @TeresaIPBG

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