For about five years, the Elks Lodge on West Liberty Street was home to The Restaurant at Second Mill, a town favorite for Southern fixings in the middle of Sumter.
However, the restaurant will be moving to the north side of the city with a plan …
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However, the restaurant will be moving to the north side of the city with a plan to move into the Quality Inn at 2390 Broad St.
"We're in the process," said Jimmy Byrd, a county councilman and one of three owners of The Restaurant at Second Mill. "We've got some more hoops to jump through before it's a done deal, but it's 90% there."
Before the pandemic, Byrd, along with the other co-owners, Jim Price and Paul Byrd, were planning to open a second restaurant, but plans changed after COVID-19 shut down businesses and reconstructed the food industry.
"We didn't see us opening a new restaurant at this time," he said. "We decided it might be best just to move it to a more visible location and change the business model a little bit."
Byrd said the hotel on Broad Street, which is across from Golden Corral and features an adjacent restaurant space, will make a great location for the restaurant, especially with the owner of the Quality Inn, Dave Patel, renovating the hotel and its landscape.
"We've had good relationships with the Elks, and we're going to miss being there," Jimmy Byrd said. "We just hope our customers will follow us to our new location."
Jimmy Byrd said they hope to reopen The Restaurant at Second Mill at their new location by Aug. 1.
It was not immediately clear whether the Elks Lodge plans to lease the building, sell or remain.
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