Bubba's Love Shak
Bubba’s is located right next to the Catfish Johnny's Murrells Inlet location. We even share the same kitchen but offer a more casual outdoor setting than our more formal neighbor. One of our main attractions is that we have live music at night. We are more of a party place, and we even offer a working fireplace during the cooler winter months.
Who Is Bubba Love?
Jerome Lorenzo Smalls a.k.a “Bubba Love” was born on September 27, 1963. He was the fifteenth of sixteen children born to Arlene Nesbitt Smalls and Thomas Myers Smalls.
Arlene Smalls began cooking at Oliver’s Lodge, in Murrells Inlet, SC in 1941. She remained there for 55 years until retiring in 1996. Thomas Smalls worked as a shell fisherman at Morse Landing in Murrells Inlet for over 20 years. He was nicknamed “One-Armed Marchy” due to the fact that he lost his left arm in a car accident at 18 years old.
“Bubba”, as he was affectionately named by his sisters at a very young age, began helping his mama at Oliver’s Lodge at the early age of 6. He would pick figs for Mrs. Teeny Oliver and hang out in the kitchen where he absorbed much of his culinary knowledge. Bubba attended Howard High School in Georgetown where he played defensive end for the Tigers. As Bubba will proudly tell you, he was nasty on the gridiron. After graduating in 1982, Bubba went to work at Drunken Jack’s Restaurant where he is presently still employed.