Fatz Cafe, 973 Chesterfield Highway: February 2020 (2020/02/16)













The beginning of 2020 brings to Cheraw another restaurant closing. As reported in this week's edition of The Link (paywalled, top of page 3), Fatz Cafe in Cheraw has gone out of business. It seems that someone has forgotten to tell the webmin for the main Fatz website that this location has closed. Also, the employees were not told of the closing, with several showing up to work only to find the doors locked.

Before this Fatz Cafe was opened, I remember going to another location some years ago and liking the food, especially the opium ro—urr, I mean, the poppy seed rolls. I've also noticed that Fatz never seems to skimp you on any servings; I've always felt like I get plenty of bang for my buck there.

It likely never helped this Fatz location here that it has experienced several management changes over the last few years, with varying levels of quality coming and going with those changes. I had only been to this Fatz a few times, and the service was always slow. The poppy seed rolls were also not as good as I remembered from years ago except for the last time I went back in December after, that's right, another management change. I recall, too, one visit where they ran out of silverware because they couldn't keep up with washing dishes in the back. It really can't be that surprising that this Fatz Cafe closed down. Unfortunately, the loss of Fatz in Cheraw takes away another sorely needed sit-down restaurant option that is open most of the week rather than just two or three days.

(Part 2) J. P. Stevens / Delta Mills Plants No. 2 and 3, 4351 Brickyard Road, Wallace: 2006 (2020/02/07)



















A couple of weeks ago, I visited the old Delta Mills plants and took numerous pictures of the perimeter. I also found an opening in the fence in the back of the property and ventured inside to take more pictures, as you see above. This adventure likely is considered to be trespassing, but I really felt I needed to press on. If any former employees of Delta Mills happen to stumble across this obscure, little destination in the vast outer space of the internet (i.e. this website), they may appreciate pictures of the inside more than what they can see by just driving by the plants.

And so I dedicate these two blog posts to those men and women who spent a good portion of their lives working at Delta Mills in Wallace. Maybe the pictures will stir up some good memories. I would have liked to have gotten further inside, but that would have been dangerous given what little light there was and the few things I already saw dangling from the ceiling in the places I did enter.

Quincy's Family Steakhouse / Sharecroppers / El Sherif's, 315 Second Street: October 2016 (2020/01/31)













El Sherif's was a restaurant in Cheraw that mainly served Greek and Italian food with some American fare. When El Sherif's first opened in the late 1990s, it was in a building behind Town Hall. Within the last ten years, the restaurant relocated to the building at 315 Second Street. I had eaten at El Sherif's a few times over the years, mostly at the original location and once at its last location. My favorite item there was the stromboli, and it was certainly the first place I had ever eaten (and heard of) stromboli before. The two most recent reviews on Tripadvisor are from March and October of 2016, with the October review observing that El Sherif's was closed down; that said, I have listed the closing date as October 2016.

The previous life of the building at 315 Second Street was a restaurant called Sharecroppers. Although I do recall Sharecroppers being at this location, I never ate there. From what I understand, Sharecroppers was a Southern food buffet so I'm sure there were various fried foods on the buffet along with some form of greens. It seems that Sharecroppers was out of business by the end of the 2000s.

Mainly what I remember being at 315 Second Street was a Quincy's Steakhouse. I went there with my family several times as a kid, and I think the last time I went there was for some school function. I always liked the fried chicken tenders with honey mustard sauce, and of course, the steak dinner was good; however, the most memorable food item at Quincy's was what you got before your entree: those yeast rolls! Ryan's, which was a similar steakhouse chain that would later focus more on being a buffet, had similar yeast rolls, but I swear those weren't quite as good. And I can certainly attest that my memory of those yeast rolls remains untarnished because I recently ate at a Quincy's in Monroe; yes, those rolls are still tasty. If you look closely at the faded sign that I took a picture of, you can see Quincy's on it. The sign appears to have advertised a breakfast buffet at Quincy's along with the hours for breakfast service. I'm pretty sure Quincy's was closed by the end of the 1990s.