Two landmark Conway restaurants named legacy businesses

Oliver's Restaurant (WPDE)

Two Conway restaurants that have been around since the 60s were designated as legacy businesses on Tuesday.

Jamestown Grocery & Restaurant and Oliver's were both recognized by the Horry County Board of Architectural Review's Legacy Business Recognition Program.

Jamestown Grocery & Restaurant originally opened in 1962 as a grocery store and gas service station by Carlsyle Marlowe, according to a release from the county.

Later the service station was closed down, enclosed and turned into a restaurant. Today the operation is incorporated with Carlsyle Marlowe's daughter, Beverly, as the president, his wife, Lou Ellen, as the secretary and Carlsyle Marlowe as the vice president.

Even though they're in their 80s, Lou Ellen and Carlsyle Marlowe still come into the restaurant to help out, the release from the county stated.

What is now known as Oliver's Restaurant started back in 1964 by George Alton Oliver Sr. and George Alton Oliver Jr. when they opened a meat market and grocery store known as the Waccamaw Superette, according to the county.

As the market grew with the local mill workers coming for lunch, the decision was made to put in a grill and the name was changed to Oliver's Luncheonette. In 2002, the name was again changed to Oliver's Restaurant.

Four generations of Olivers have worked in the restaurant, the county says.

The Horry County Legacy Business Recognition Program pays tribute to local businesses that have contributed to the economic heritage of Horry County for more than 50-continuous years.

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