Almost 800 people turned out Sunday for one last meal at Columbias S&S cafeteria where home-style eats from gravy-soaked country steak to a most excellent cherry pie have been served for 64 years.
This is my last chance to get some crackling cornbread! said Margaret Smith, 50, the last person in line before S&S closed its doors for good shortly after 2:30 p.m. at Richland Mall. Members of her family she had her daughter, Nikita, and 3-year-old grandson, Akari, with her have been coming to S&S for some 30 years.
It wasnt just the food customers raved about Sunday it was the personal touches by the dozen-plus waitresses who enjoy a reputation for being as friendly as they are efficient.
Estelle (Waddell, her longtime waitress) will see us in line and give a little wave. That means she has the table fixed shes the best, said Rosellen Ro-ro Faulk, 83, whos been coming to S&S for Oh, Id say about 50 years. She was having some favorites: country steak, lima beans, German chocolate pie and sweet tea.
Faulk and her daughter, Rosanne Sullivan, 54, were the first people in line Sunday. They arrived at 10:30 a.m., 30 minutes before opening.