Something was different about downtown Fort Mill on Friday night. There was a discernible buzz on Main Street as people circulated between the establishments open for business. Smiles were not in short supply as patrons were excited about the options for food and drink in a place that had previously been sleepy and stagnant. With the addition of Southern Sugar and Amor Artis, locals had places to go grab a drink and enjoy the ambiance while waiting for tables at Local Dish and Hobo's. While the wait times at the two long-term restaurants were hefty (exceeding two hours in some cases) this didn’t bother the unusually large number of people frequenting Main Street. There was not a spare barstool to be found at Amor Artis as customers were buzzing about the quality of beer and the quaint hometown atmosphere the Tolson brothers have created. To add to the excitement, the Improper Pig (opening this summer next to Amor Artis) parked their food truck outside the brewery. There was something perfect about enjoying local craft beer with delicious BBQ right on Main Street.
The newly opened Southern Sugar’s doors were open for business as well, and customers did not shy away. The elegantly designed interior and marble wine and beer bar provided a sophisticated environment to grab a glass of wine or local beer before making their way across the street to their reservations at the reliably great Local Dish and Hobo's. Southern Sugar is going to be a charming place to grab coffee, drinks or a full meal any day of the week.
All of a sudden, downtown Fort Mill has a lot to offer and the locals are noticing. No longer are people just popping into Local Dish and Hobo's just for a meal, but they are sticking around to soak up all that Main Street has to offer. Most seemed more than happy to wait for their shrimp pasta at Local Dish since that means they could grab a glass of wine at Southern Sugar. Families waiting for their favorite burger at Hobo's weren’t discouraged by the wait. The wait just meant they could cross the street and enjoy 20 ounces of the Downtown Coconut Brown. Main Street is changing and Fort Millionaires are loving what they see. It seems that the sleepy Downtown of years past has finally turned the corner and we can’t wait to see you out there day or night sipping, snacking, and shopping on Main Street!