Piccadilly's last meal Doors close after 15 years

The Piccadilly, on Mall Drive in North Charleston, was one of the last cafeteria-style restaurants in the region.

Piccadilly, a longtime comfort food, cafeteria-style restaurant in North Charleston, has closed. Its last serving was Sunday.

A manager at the 2411 Mall Drive restaurant said the building has been sold and most likely will become another restaurant, but he provided no other details.

One longtime diner said she will miss the best fried chicken in the area, while other customers walked up to the restaurant as late as Wednesday only to be shocked that it was closed.

Piccadilly, among the last of the cafeteria-style restaurants in Charleston, opened in its new location in North Charleston in 1997. Before that it was part of the former Charles Towne Square Mall that was mostly demolished. An alternative to Picadilly is S&S Cafeteria. It can be found at 1104 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. in West Ashley.

The former Sunfire Grill and Bistro in West Ashley will become Miss Rose's, a mid-price Southern American restaurant.

Renovation work on the former 12-year-old Sunfire Grill is well under way, and the new, 4,800-square-foot restaurant at 1090 Sam Rittenberg Blvd. should open in September, according to Dave Bucks, director of operations at sister restaurant Tristan in downtown Charleston.

The restaurant will have more than 60 employees, and some hiring has begun, he said.

Shoe Carnival will celebrate the grand opening of not one, but two new stores in the Charleston area Saturday.

The shoe store will hold a grand reopening of its newly relocated, 8,000-square-foot shop in Ashley Crossing Shopping Center at 2145 Magwood Dr. in West Ashley, and will open its new, 11,120-square-foot store in Wando Crossing Shopping Center at 1500 U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant at the same time.

Grand opening celebrations at both stores start at 9 a.m. The first 100 customers at either store will get a $10 reward card toward anything in the stores.

Events at both stores include a 10 a.m. drawing for free shoes for a year, an 11 a.m. drawing for $1,000 cash from Skechers, a drawing for a $100 shopping spree in the stores every hour from noon to 5 p.m., doorbuster deals from 9 a.m. to noon, and prizes and giveaways all weekend.

Do you have an old digital or vintage camera and accessories lying around that you would like to sell to make a few extra bucks? Take them to AccuPhotoLab & Studio at 1757 Savannah Highway in West Ashley on Friday and Saturday during its “Christmas in July” event, when used-camera dealer KEH Camera will buy them on the spot.

KEH will be at the shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

AccuPhotoLab also will offer free photography classes for 12 people each session each hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Look for door prizes as well.

Donations of dog and cat food also will be accepted for the Charleston Animal Society, and donors will have a chance to win a “plastic fantastic” camera.

Whole Foods Market will celebrate South Carolina food producers with a LocalFest from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at 923 Houston Northcutt Blvd. in Mount Pleasant. Customers can meet local producers, hear their stories and taste their food.

Participants include King of Pops, Battery Brie, Hickory Hill Milk, Sallie's Greatest Jam's, gRAWnola, Charleston Tea Plantation, Simply Southern Mustard, Nicole's Nutty Goodness, Granna's Gourmet and others.

Do you know of a business that is opening, closing or expanding? Reach Warren L. Wise at 937-5524 or twitter.com/warrenlancewise.