Southern soul restaurant, SoCo Grille opens in York SC

Brandon Metcalfe said he moved to York County 14 years ago and came across historic downtown York, South Carolina. He thought it would make a good place for a restaurant, he said.

“Just good old-fashioned food that people grew up on,” he said.

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He and a few buddies decided to expand his dad’s restaurants, SoCo Grille, SoCo Chophouse, SoCo Marina Grille, and the upcoming SoCo Wood-Fired Pizza. Restaurants are based primarily in Georgetown, SC

The first franchised SoCo Grille is now open in York.

Greg Metcalfe, Brandon’s father and executive chef, said the concept is soulful southern cuisine with a southwestern twist.

“The really unique thing about our restaurant concept is that everything is homemade and fresh,” said Greg Metcalfe, adding that the restaurant does not have a freezer. “So when you eat with us, it’ll be a lot like going to Grandma’s dinner table on Sunday.”

A specialty is Greg Metcalfe’s mother’s meatloaf recipe. Others include SC Coast seafood like grouper, shrimp, plaice, as well as tacos and quesadillas. The grill also uses local markets for vegetables and a meat business in Hickory Grove, SC

Sides include southern staples like collard greens, butter beans, mashed potatoes, and macaroni and cheese.

“We think our concept is a small town concept,” said Greg Metcalfe. “It’s meat and potatoes, comfort food, and so we really feel like York is the perfect fit for us.”

The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11am – 10pm Friday and Saturday; and will eventually include a Sunday brunch.

The restaurant is located at 8 N. Congress Street.

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Tracy Kimball is a visual reporter and reporter for The Herald, covering York, Chester and Lancaster counties. She joined The Herald in 1999 after graduating from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC and has been with the team for a total of 14 years. She writes about new restaurant openings and covers news stories.

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John Marks graduated from Furman University in 2004 and joined the Herald in 2005. He covers community growth, municipalities, transportation and education primarily in York and Lancaster counties. The Fort Mill native has won dozens of South Carolina Press Association awards and several President McClatchy Awards for news coverage in Fort Mill and Lake Wylie.
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