Fans of New York-style pizza, subs, salads, sandwiches and calzones have a new destination for lunch or dinner in Georgetown.
Ed and Lindsey Milardo have opened Olives Tavern on Church Street in Georgetown. The couple has a 4-year-old daughter named Ava and also owns Milardo’s Pizzeria and Sports Pub in Murrells Inlet.
“We’ve already had some people come in and not order pizza and then say, ‘Why didn’t you tell us that you are Milardo’s?,” Ed Milardo said. “I guess there are only a few Milardos around, so it is pretty easy to put the two together.”
The restaurant at 532 Church Street is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and is closed Sunday. It offers pizza by the pie or slice, a variety of appetizers; entrees including ribs, Italian dishes and seafood plates; salads, including Greek and Caesar; grinders and sandwiches; calzones; strombolis; and desserts.
Ed Milardo said the restaurant offers lunch delivery for businesses. There is also a kids menu, lunch specials and happy hour drink specials.
“Our food is the same as Milardo’s and we are famous for our food,” Ed Milardo said. “We know people only have a half hour or hour for lunch, so we want them to be able to get in, eat and go on their way.”
The newly renovated building, which used to house a bar, now has a family atmosphere with dining tables, booths, arcade-style games, flat-screen televisions, a juke box and checkers/chess boards painted on the bar.
Ed Milardo said the renovation cost about $125,000.
“We just turned it from kind of a dumpy bar into a nice family restaurant where people can come in, eat and enjoy it,” he said.
The Milardos plan to build an outside deck at the back of the restaurant, which will overlook the marsh. There is also a grassy area there for outside events.
Lindsey Milardo, who designed the logo for Olives Tavern that can be found on all the tables and the sign outside, said opening this restaurant has been a dream of hers.
“I started working for (Ed) four months after he opened Milardo’s, but none of it was my vision or my dream or my input really,” she said. “With this one, I was part of the whole process, even in the beginning when we did demolition and took stuff out.”
She said she also planted all the flowers in the front of the restaurant.
“When you put your personal touches into a place it makes it feel like home,” Lindsey Milardo said.
Customers Larry Cassani of Murrells Inlet and Cliff Hay of Georgetown said they enjoy coming to the new restaurant. Cassani, who is originally from Chicago and lived in New York, said the restaurant has the best pizza he’s found in 25 years.
“It is really good,” Cassani said. “I don’t know what the recipe is but I’d like to steal it.”
Hay said he really likes the atmosphere of Olives Tavern. He said it is a nice change for Georgetown.
“I used to come here when it was another business and it is better now,” he said. “The new owners and the staff are very friendly.”
For more information or to place an order at Olives Tavern, call 843-461-9999.