MANNING - The Mill Street Grill, 201 S. Mill St., is Manning's newest restaurant.
Owned by Cathy and Bubba Rabon, the restaurant features a country hot bar, salad bar and full menu offering …
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Owned by Cathy and Bubba Rabon, the restaurant features a country hot bar, salad bar and full menu offering everything from wings and burgers to steaks and salmon.
"I love to cook," Cathy Rabon said earlier this week. "When I see people enjoying my food, it makes me feel like I'm really contributing to the community and the people."
Rabon said most of the recipes featured at MSG are her own creations with additional recipes coming from employees and friends.
"I welcome new ideas," she added.
The Rabons aren't new to the restaurant business.
Since the late 1980s, the Rabons have been involved in the food industry in the Sumter area. Cathy's Kitchen, Tod's Steakhouse, Captain's Kitchen, Cathy's Catering, Cathy's on Broad and Bubba's Diner, which recently closed, were owned by the Rabons.
"It's something that we enjoy," Cathy said.
MSG's country hot bar is open from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (coming soon on Sunday) and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Meals from the menu are available from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekends.
The one constant item on the country bar is fried chicken, Rabon said.
"Everyone seems to love fried chicken," she said. "It is always on the hot bar. We feature daily specials with at least three or four meats, a variety of vegetables and of course dessert."
Rabon said the grill will feature daily specials, including Monday's meatloaf, Tuesday's fried pork chops, Wednesday's turkey and dressing, Thursday's country-style steak and Friday's flounder.
"I love sweets," Rabon added. "We always have desserts. We also cater whole cakes."
Along with catering sweets, Rabon said MSG will have frozen casseroles, including turkey and chicken tetrazzini, chicken pot pie, chicken Divan and shepherd's pie. MSG has vegetable casseroles for sale including squash, sweet potato souffl and the Southern favorite macaroni and cheese.
Rabon said MSG is already booking Christmas parties.
"We will cater events large and small," she added. "We also have the Carlyle Room that is named after Mr. Wilber Carlyle Ardis, the previous owner."
Since opening, the Carlyle Room has been used for birthday parties and meetings.
The grill offers patrons seven TVs to enjoy during their meals and bar visits.
"We are really looking forward to football season," Rabon said. "We have wings, beer and drinks. We also offer dining on the porch. We've added a few fans, but it will really be nice out there this fall."
With a theme of "where locals gather," Rabon said she hopes locals will begin meeting friends and family at the grill for drinks, meals and special occasions.
"We are excited about Mill Street Grill," Rabon added. "We are proud to be a part of this community."
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