The restaurant staff at Drunken Jack’s Restaurant & Lounge is second to none. We thrive on the highest quality of customer service and hope that every customer leaves with a full belly and smile on their face. Here are a few of those people who work their hardest every day to keep Drunken Jack’s a Murrells Inlet favorite!
Jon “David” McMillan
Owner, General Manager
Thirty five plus years of restaurant experience speaks for itself when you say the name David McMillan in the town of Murrell Inlet, SC. The youngest of three sons learned to cook from the soul of his mother. David or better known as “Mac” amongst his colleagues brought his talent to the Myrtle Beach area in 1980. He worked with the Seafirst Restaurant group which led him to Drunken Jack’s Restaurant in 1983 as the Kitchen Manager. In 1992 he became one of the three owners of Drunken Jack’s. Then later in 2004 the partners of Drunken Jack’s founded Inlet Affairs Banquet & Catering.
In January of 2007 he won the I.C.E. Award in Myrtle Beach, which is an acronym for Impeccable Customer Experience, in the restaurant category. Mr. McMillan was named Restaurateur of the year in 2009 by the SC Hospitality Association.
David McMillan is very active in the local community. He is a board member of the SC Hospitality Association. Mr. McMillan is an active member in the Georgetown County Visitors Bureau (GCVB). Presently, he is the Secretary/Treasurer for the Murrells Inlet Masonic Lodge #368. David has also been involved in the Murrells Inlet Civic Association (MICA) as a member and president. He has also lent his time to many other community organizations such as the boy scouts, church youth groups, local high schools athletic teams and band booster clubs. Mr. McMillan has been dedicated to many local fund raising efforts throughout the community for many years. He has been involved with the local hospital Breast Cancer awareness campaign as well as Duck’s Unlimited and Habitat for Humanity. There are countless catering events that he has dedicated his personal time and staff to as well.
David Resides in Murrells Inlet with his wife (a.k.a his high school sweetheart) and has two children Wade and Claire.
Theodore “Theo” Russell
Theodore Russell is part owner of Drunken Jacks and Inlet Affairs in Murrells Inlet for 35 years. He has owned and operated restaurants and motels in the Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet area for many years. It’s his good business skills that keep vacationers’ and locals returning to the Drunken Jacks. Those good skills include community service. For Theodore, has great love for his community and people and gives wherever and whenever he can.
Theodore has served his country in the Viet Nam war, in the Marine Core. He is an active member of the Low Country Veteran Group in Georgetown.
Mr. Russell currently serves on many local boards:
- Accommodation Tax Board
- Sheriff Advisory Board
- Reserved Deputy for Local Sheriff
- Santee Cooper Advisory Board
Theodore is an active church member at Greater Gordon Chapel AME Church in Murrells Inlet, where he serves as Pro Temp Stewart and on various ministries.
Albert W. Hitchcock, Jr.
Al Hitchcock, a Myrtle Beach Native, is associated with many things when people say or hear his name. A few of us like to say he is the unofficial Mayor of Murrells Inlet. If you ask some he is best known for being one of the owners of Drunken Jack’s Restaurant and Inlet Affairs. Some might know him as head of the board of directors for the Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire Department; others recognize Al for his involvement in Murrells Inlet 2007. Some Myrtle Beach locals may even remember him as their baseball coach. There are others that simply appreciate Al as a friend, partner, son, father, brother, uncle and grandfather.
However you know Mr. Hitchcock, it is very true he has always been involved with many committees and organizations, some he has pioneered on his own and some he has been a leader in. Al has always been focused toward the same goal, which is to make our community a safe destination place for travelers and locals. Some of the committees and organizations he has been apart of are as follows:
- Former member of the Board of Directors of the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce
- Former member of the Board of Directors of SC Restaurant Association
- Former member of the Board of Directors SC Hospitality Association
- Past President of the Murrells Inlet Promotional Association
- Co-Founder of the Murrells Inlet Seafood festival
- Member of the Board of Directors Murrells Inlet 2007, former chairman & current member
- Current Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire District
- Co-Founder of Let Us Compete-Instrumental in bringing Sunday Liquor Sales to Murrells Inlet & Georgetown County
Mr. Hitchcock has received recognition for all he does for his community and business. Some of the awards that he has received are:
- Horry County Small Business of the Year, 1998
- Citizen of the Year from the Murrells Inlet Rotary, 2005-2006
- Hometown Hero Award from HTC, 2006
- Volunteer of the Year Award from Murrells Inlet 2007 in 2006
- Outstanding Citizen of the Year from Woodmen of the World, 2006
- Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Leadership Award, 2010
- Order of the Silver Crescent given by Governor Mark Sanford, 2010
In any role or way you may know Al Hitchcock you know him as the same person. His integrity is consistent in all that the does. He is a person that leads with his heart and positively influences others. Al is the one that is a giver to all around him. He is someone of few words and big actions.
Gizelle “Gigi” Roy
Dining Room Manager
Gigi moved to South Carolina from Massachusetts in the summer of 1991 following graduation from North Adams State College and she earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education.
She began at Drunken Jack’s as a server in 1994 and has been the dining room manager since 2005.
She expands her knowledge of the hospitality industry by attending South Carolina Governor’s Conference on Travel and Tourism every year and serves as a state judge for annual ProStart competition. ProStart is a curriculum that mentors high school students who are interested in a career in hospitality management.
Gigi was awarded South Carolina Restaurant Manager of the Year in 2012
She also loves to travel to anywhere and loves living at the beach!!
Chef Ervin “Casey” Blake II, a Pawleys Island, South Carolina native, got his start in the restaurant business by lying about his age to get his first job bussing tables for the restaurant right next door to Drunken Jacks. He started there by bussing tables and then moved on to cooking. He then got his second job at Drunken Jacks a few years later and after 3 years became the executive chef. Casey did get some experience by taking classes from Horry-Georgetown Technical College, but most of his trade has come from hands on experience.
Chef Casey has been with Drunken Jack’s Restaurant for now 21 years. He is responsible for overseeing the back of the house which includes about 25-35 employees. You can either find Casey with his hands deep in the trenches at Drunken Jacks or you may find him on an offsite at a special community event. Chef Casey has overseen the food tent for Brookgreen Garden’s “Nights of 1000 Candles” for the past 10 years. He also has been in charge of Drunken Jack’s food tent at the annual Atalaya’s Art festival and Belin United Methodist Church’s “Blessing of the Inlet.” This can be quite a task for any one person, but Casey does this all with ease along with being a husband to wife Timoka and father to four children Tyrieke, Eboni, Dionte, and Astrid.
Since 2008, Chef Casey has been a member of the ACF, American Culinary Federation. He also has been a judge for the annual Pro-start cooking competition for five years. For the past five years, Casey has participated in the Myrtle Beach Hospitality’s annual “Trio Dinner” event. Chef Casey Blake is also serving on the Horry Georgetown Technical College Culinary Advisory Committee that began in November 2011. He also spends time going to annual food shows where he gets ideas on the latest food trends.
Chef Casey has gotten local recognition for winning “The Best Damn Chowder” award from the Murrells Inlet community. In 2011, he has also received the “Best Overall Soup” and “1st Place for People’s Choice” at the ACF’s Souper Supper event. Chef Casey also won 1st place in 2011 and 2013 for the “Taste of the Inlet” at the Murrells Inlet Gala hosted by M.I. 20/20. Also he participated in the annual “Trio Dinner” event and received awards for “People’s Choice” and “Judges Choice” for best dish in 2012 and 2013. In March 2014 Caseys Hushpuppy Sundae was awarded “Best Dessert” and “Best Overall Dish” at the Myrtle Beach’s F.L.A.V.O.R. Food Expo.
In 2015 Chef Casey Blake has been awarded the title of “Chef of the Year” by SCRLA.