Popular local burrito purveyor Flaming Amy’s is returning to Carolina Beach several years after leaving the beach town.
“We’re glad to have them get back here,” said Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Greg Reynolds. “We’re very excited about it.”
The local company, owned by husband and wife Jay and Amy Muxworthy, operate Flaming Amy’s Burrito Barn on Oleander Drive and Flaming Amy’s Bowl on Shipyard Boulevard, both in the middle of Wilmington.
A previous location in Carolina Beach, across the street from the Lazy Pirate on Lake Park Boulevard, was small with just a few seats, according to Reynolds. The new spot, which will be a sit-down Burrito Barn similar to the one on Oleander Drive, is located at 1140 N. Lake Park Blvd. in the Lake Park Landing complex. The location, which is right across the street from Carolina Beach Town Hall, has been home to several different restaurants in recent years, most recently to Two Kousins, a family restaurant and sports bar. Reynolds said the high turnover rate at that site is not a cause for concern.
“We think Flaming Amy’s, being a destination restaurant, will do well there,” said Reynolds, who said he has been talking to the Muxworthys about finding a new space on the island for the last couple of years.
Since the location is already set up as a restaurant, Reynolds said the owners, who are members of the chamber, are anticipating opening by the beginning of next year. Reynolds said that getting a restaurant with the name recognition and reputation that Flaming Amy’s has will be a boost to the island’s economy in general, especially during the off season.
“Everyone’s thrilled about them coming back,” said Reynolds. “Restaurants like them bring more year-round business, which is what we want and need.”