Diners say bye to S&S

North Augusta location closes

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Their last meals were plates of baked chicken, string beans and corn bread.

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On Sunday at the S&S Cafeteria off Martintown Road in North Augusta, Gregory Warren, 54, waits in the line with his daughter Emma Warren, 8, as server Jessica Gross, 22, discusses side dishes with them. This was Emma's first lunch at the Martintown location, and she said she's sad she can't come back.  Sara Caldwell/Staff
Sara Caldwell/Staff
On Sunday at the S&S Cafeteria off Martintown Road in North Augusta, Gregory Warren, 54, waits in the line with his daughter Emma Warren, 8, as server Jessica Gross, 22, discusses side dishes with them. This was Emma's first lunch at the Martintown location, and she said she's sad she can't come back.

Some washed the food down with sweating glasses of sweet tea and finished the meals off with slices of pie topped with whipped cream.

Sunday was the last day of business for North Augusta's 41-year-old S&S Cafeteria, as the economy has forced the restaurant to close its doors for good.

At noon, the line snaked out the door as regular customers and occasional diners alike stopped in to say goodbye.

"Everybody hates that it's going," said North Augusta resident Cobie Williams. "We don't understand either because there's a line to get in most of the time."

Williams, who has been dining at S&S since it opened in 1970, ate a plateful of vegetables for his last after-church lunch.

Because his favorite -- baked tilapia -- was not on the menu, Williams stocked up on carrot salad and turnip greens.

Though he said the food was his favorite part of the experience, he'll miss the pretty waitresses the most.

"I got my favorite waitress's number so I could check and see where she works at next," he said jokingly.

Regulars can still dine at the Walton Way location in Augusta, general manager Dean Ashley said. He said the North Augusta cafeteria was not doing enough business to keep its doors open.

"People are pretty upset," Ashley said. "We are trying to tell a lot of them to go to the Walton Way store, but they don't want to drive all the way over there."

Some of the North Augusta employees will transfer to the Augusta location, but others will have to find different jobs.

The commute to Augusta is one Wally Galloway, who has lived in North Augusta for 42 years, is used to. Before they married in 2010, he and his wife, Mary, used to switch back and forth between the two locations.

While they were dating, the Augusta location was closer for Mary, and the North Augusta restaurant was Wally's choice.

"We're sorry to see this one close, but we'll be going to the other one like we used to," said Wally, who shared a slice of lemon meringue pie with his wife.

But some things just can't be replaced. Going to S&S in North Augusta after church on Sundays was like a religious experience of its own for Betty Murphy.

She used to spend the afternoons eating with her husband and meeting with friends at their regular hangout.

What she hasn't decided is how she can fill the void.

"That I don't know," Murphy said.


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DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 06/06/11 - 04:36 am
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LOL--"All the way over

LOL--"All the way over there."

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 06/06/11 - 07:13 am
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""LOL--"All the way over
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""LOL--"All the way over there."

downtown.......If you live in North Augusta...going to Augusta is like going to a third world country.....sorry

DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 06/06/11 - 07:43 am
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wonders--it wasn't too long

wonders--it wasn't too long ago that people in North Augusta had to go across the river out of necessesity. I'm willing to bet most people who live in North Augusta must travel to Augusta for work....sorry.

WoodyKaminer
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WoodyKaminer 06/06/11 - 08:29 am
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Good job Obama. Thanks for

Good job Obama. Thanks for your stimulus money. Look how great its working. If everybody was as smart as you, just think of how many more businesses could close as you stimulate the economy. We owe you big time. Loser!

DowntownJaguar
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DowntownJaguar 06/06/11 - 08:52 am
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LOL--this place died because

LOL--this place died because it really wasn't that good--good riddance!

Cadence
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Cadence 06/06/11 - 09:02 am
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I go to S&S for the egg

I go to S&S for the egg custard pie, the wide choice of veges, the melt in my mouth baked chicken, and quite a few other things. I can appreciate more sophisticated dining as well, but if an "order at the window standing on the sidewalk" bar-b-que joint is the best in town, I am happy to eat there, too. I hate to see S&S leave town.

WW1949
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WW1949 06/06/11 - 09:32 am
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The S&S has good solid

The S&S has good solid quality food day in and day out and at a reasonable price. As an alternative try the Chefs House on Walton Way across from Wendy's or Honey from the Rock across from the National. Both have standing room only and the food is very good.

allhans
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allhans 06/06/11 - 10:29 am
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I agree that Honey from the

I agree that Honey from the Rock is good but I haven't tried the Chefs House, actually didn't know about it.
This still doesn't answer the working force in North Augusta that work miles from Walton Way..(NOT everyone in N.Aug. works near the bridge.)

Emerydan
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Emerydan 06/06/11 - 01:49 pm
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will probably become a buffet

will probably become a buffet

Emerydan
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Emerydan 06/06/11 - 11:34 am
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everyone knows that buffets,

everyone knows that buffets, not cafeterias, are the rage in Augusta. People here just care about eating the most amount of food for the least amount of money possible. But if you want to go to a good quality cafeteria, I suggest the Dutch House in Wrens. Good downhome, Mennonite cookin

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 06/06/11 - 06:34 pm
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"wonders--it wasn't too long
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"wonders--it wasn't too long ago that people in North Augusta had to go across the river out of necessesity. I'm willing to bet most people who live in North Augusta must travel to Augusta for work....sorry"

the operative words here are "wasn't too long ago"........they no longer apply....sorry.

georgiasouthern
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georgiasouthern 06/06/11 - 11:23 pm
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Over the years, The S & S

Over the years, The S & S stands more for the Grease Pit. This company like Shoney's is in a steady decline.

allhans
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allhans 06/06/11 - 11:25 pm
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I miss Shoney's. Especially

I miss Shoney's. Especially the hot fudge desert.

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