A new Conway restaurant is serving up traditional southern and Gullah dishes. And the sweet tea is included with the price.
Located right outside downtown Conway on Church Street, Ms. Margaret’s Soul Food Restaurant and Catering opened its doors Aug. 15.
Before opening each day, the restaurant posts on its Facebook page what it is offering as lunch and dinner specials. It has even offered a regional favorite, chicken bog, in the past. It also serves fried staples like fried chicken and fried flounder.
Owner Margaret Harriott is local to the area. She attended culinary school in 2005 and began a catering business at the same time.
“Catering was never the goal. The goal was to have a full restaurant,” Harriott said.
She saved up to make her dream a reality. She said the experience since opening has been busy, but it’s a “good tired.”
On the restaurant’s website, Harriott said she wants to be part of the community and to offer an elegant dining experience while also making people feel comfortable.
“When I say real southern cooking, I say fresh ingredients,” Harriott said. “Stuff you would get on Sunday at your grandmother’s house.”
The catering menu can be found on Ms. Margaret’s website.
Harriott said it is a lot of work to run the restaurant, but she is proud of her accomplishments. And customer reviews on Facebook and Yelp are overwhelmingly positive.
The restaurant operates from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. The weekend hours are noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
“When they leave, they come back and see us,” Harriott said. “That’s a requirement.”
Harriott’s long-term goals are to be debt-free by next summer and to help establish a scholarship for single parents in the area.