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Litchfield Fish House, 13060 Ocean Highway (Litchfield Beach): Early 2019   3 comments

Posted at 10:46 pm in closing

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I have been aware of Litchfield Fish House for twenty or more years, mostly due to the owner's ongoing battle with the Georgetown County authorities who want to beautify the life out of all county signage. As I recall from, I think, The Coastal Observer, first they objected to his shark-bursting-out-of-the-roof model, and then to the fisherman (who is notionally the one landing the shark) put on top of his roadside sign when he wanted to complete the story. Eventually he prevailed. As I am not a seafood person, I never ate there, but my college roommate mentioned that his family had, and enjoyed it.

I did have one personal experience with the place. Last Fall, around October, I was on the coast, and decided to go up to the Greek Festival at the big Orthodox Church in Myrtle Beach. The day previously, I had gotten both my flu and shingles shots, one in each arm, so both of my arms were sore, and I was borderline feverish. Of course, as I got to Litchfield, I had a flat tire, and pulled over into this lot to change it, which was hot work, and unpleasant with both arms sore. Then, as I lowered the car off the jack, the spare tire proved flat as well, so I gave up and called Triple-A. About that time, the owner drove up to check something in the restaurant (It was Sunday, so it wasn't open). We had a pleasant chat while I waited, and it proved that he knew my father somewhat from USC circles. It's a small world, and I'm sorry to see this landmark go.

(Hat tip to commenter ED)

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  1. This legitimately makes me sad. My family and I tend to stay at the Litchfield Inn, just behind where this restaurant sits. Every year we would look forward to visiting the Fish House for the fantastic hush puppies.

    Will miss this place.

    Mike

    1 May 19 at 6:39 am

  2. This is sad news indeed. My family enjoyed this place every trip to Litchfield.

    The food was good, but what really set them apart were the people. They loved kids and went out of their way to always make my boys happy and feel welcome. Fun toy baskets, shark teeth necklace, pirate hat and outdoor play equipment. The shark roof and ‘mater’ truck outside were landmarks to us.

    The owners son lives in Columbia or recently attended USC. Hope their family is doing well. We will certainly miss them but not forget the memories.

    Dave

    8 Jul 19 at 10:33 pm

  3. Anybody know who owns the building? I was just in Litchfield last week and was bummed to see it closed, but would be even more bummed to see the iconic shark and fisherman disappear.

    Phillip Snyder

    30 Jul 19 at 11:16 am

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