Capt. Daves's Dockside Restaurant, photo

Capt. Dave's Dockside Restaurant in Murrells Inlet is closing after 44 years in business.

Capt. Dave’s Dockside Restaurant is closing after more than four decades of serving patrons in Murrells Inlet.

A press release from the restaurant, at 4037 Highway 17 Business, said it's closing Sunday, May 27, after 44 years in business. Opened in 1974 by brothers Kenneth and Frank Owens, it has continuously been owned and operated by the same family.

Franks’ son, owner David Owens, has leased the property to JPA Management Group, which owns the J Peters restaurant chain. The restaurant will open as Catfish Johnny’s at the beginning of June. All Dockside employees have been asked to stay on.

In the press release, the entire Dockside family offered their thanks to all of their loyal guests who have supported them through the years and invited people to come and enjoy "a piece of Murrells Inlet history before it is gone."