Quincy's Family Steakhouse, 502 West Roosevelt Boulevard, Monroe: December 2019 (2020/10/24)

The Quincy's in Monroe has been closed since it was on fire almost a year ago. That's a shame because this was one of two Quincy's that I knew were still in existence, the other location being Florence. My family and I had eaten at the Quincy's in Monroe a couple of times last year, and the food was just how I remembered it being at the old Cheraw Quincy's years ago. Could you get a better steak somewhere else these days? Sure; however, I'd rather grill my own steak anyway. The real question is "Can you get better yeast rolls somewhere else?", and the answer is forever and always a resounding "No!"

Bioscapes, 293 Highway 52 South: January 2020 (relocated?) (2020/10/21)

Earlier this year, I remember driving by this place and seeing the for sale sign. As the sign reads, Bioscapes provided full service landscaping, and according to its Facebook page, Bioscapes also provided pest control service. Although the Facebook page has sparse, infrequent updates, since the last post was back in January and since the post mentioned the sale of an "almost brand new mower", I will say that is when the property was listed for sale.

That said, searching for Bioscapes online also yields a home address, and Google still lists the hours as if Bioscapes is still in business; however, if Bioscapes has simply relocated, I would think that the Facebook page might list that other address instead of the address on Highway 52 South. The website that is listed on the sign and on the Facebook page is also inactive. It could be that the owner decided to run his business from his house rather than continue to have to pay taxes on property that he decided that he no longer needs. Knowing who the owner is, I hope that is actually the case. Then again, maybe he decided to sell the business and made off well from that.

Pierce Grocery / Grandma's Kitchen / Lulu's Soulfood, 598 Highways 1 and 52: March 2020 (2020/09/29)

Most recently, this was the location of Lulu's Soulfood, which had opened back in November of 2019. Like many other restaurants in the state, Lulu's Soulfood had to temporarily close back in March to meet the state's legal restrictions for addressing COVID-19. Given that there have not been any posts since March on their Facebook page, unfortunately, it seems that Lulu's Soulfood has not been able to reopen.

Behind the restaurant, I had noticed a sign for Grandma's Kitchen, which must have been the previous operation. Only being able to find an online Yellow Pages reference, I can only tell that Grandma's Kitchen did exist as a restaurant here at one point, though I cannot determine specifically when it was in business. Upon examining the Yellow Pages books that I have for 2019 and 2020, I can also say that Grandma's Kitchen does not appear to have been in business in 2019.

Many folks will remember this location being Pierce Grocery back in the day. Because I have no memories of visiting Pierce Grocery, I can only guess that it was a small grocery store with a limited inventory; however, I do recall Pierce Grocery selling fishing bait at one point. It looks like Pierce Grocery closed in the 2000s; otherwise, like any small business has made sure to do in the last decade, they would probably have had a Facebook page to establish an online presence.