Longtime restaurateur opens golf-themed eatery in Calabash

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Back in business

By Laura Lewis, Reporter

CALABASH—Rector Sisk can’t stay out of the restaurant business.

Last year, the Calabash restaurateur enjoyed a brief respite after selling his longtime breakfast eatery, Sunrise Pancake House.

It wasn’t long before Sisk and his son Jeff took over operations at Martini’s, a popular restaurant and piano bar less than 10 miles down the road in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., where Sisk has left most of the management to Jeff.

Then, just a few weeks ago, Sisk took over the old closed Southerners restaurant site, at 10068 Beach Drive in Calabash. He posted job openings for his latest venture, Sand Trap Restaurant and Bar, which opened last Thursday.

“Well, I just like people, so I like to have something to do,” Sisk said.

After posting an announcement on the restaurant sign that he would take job applications Dec. 7, “within two hours, 169 people had stopped by applying for a job,” Sisk said, marveling over the response and overwhelming number of people seeking work.

“If I could, I’d’ve hired all of ’em so they’d have some money for Christmas,” Sisk said.

He was also impressed with applicants’ experience.

“A half dozen had been through culinary school—the cream of the crop,” he said. “It’s amazing that that many people apply.”

Other applicants “had never worked in a restaurant in their life,” Sisk said, but were in dire need of work, such as laid-off construction workers.
When he was at the restaurant preparing it for opening Dec. 30, more people stopped by seeking work.

“People are really needing jobs, and 50 just walked through the door,” Sisk said. “People are coming in every day.”

The West Virginia native chose a golf theme for his new restaurant because of the area’s proximity to so many courses.

“I don’t play golf, but I sure do appreciate those that do,” he said. “I open up a bar, and I don’t drink. But because I don’t drink, I hope a lot of people do.”

Since Calabash is filled with seafood restaurants, Sisk wanted to give his a different flair, though seafood platters are on the menu at the new restaurant.

Diners enjoying a preview night at the restaurant Jan. 5 deemed the food, atmosphere and music provided by singer/guitarist Larry Prewitt in the bar excellent.

The menu inside the eatery decorated with a golf theme consists of “starters” (appetizers) like wedge potato skins, bogey shrimp cocktail and stoked bang bang shrimp.

There also are “caddies soups” including ham and bean, Italian wedding and “Ms. Betty’s chili” honoring Sisk’s wife, Betty.

Entrees include Italian dishes like chicken parmesan and marsala and spaghetti and meatballs, “water hole” dishes like the aforementioned seafood platter, seafood linguini, stuffed flounder and crabcake, and beef dishes.

The Sand Trap also features daily specials—Irish dishes on Tuesdays, Italian on Wednesdays, Mexican on Thursdays, fish fries on Friday, barbecue on Saturday and country cooking on Sundays.

The bar opens at 2 p.m., the restaurant dining room at 4 p.m., and the Sand Trap is closed on Mondays.

The restaurant’s phone number is 612-9046.