[Photo: Tuesday was set to be the last day of service at Home Food Grill. (Photo by Ken MacDonald]
By Catharin Shepard • Staff writer • A popular spot in downtown Raeford to grab a bite to eat has apparently served its last barbecue sandwich.
The Home Food Grill window was taking its last orders from customers Tuesday afternoon as owner Kim Hollingsworth prepared to close up shop.
The takeout window on Main Street in Raeford opened back in 2013, not long after the former Howell Drug lunch counter closed. For eight years the grill has served up favorites like hamburgers, sandwiches and other items for a quick and inexpensive takeout meal.
The COVID-19 pandemic and rising food prices made it challenging for the business to stay open.
“COVID had a lot to do with it. The rise in the price of food, I just can’t compete,” Hollingsworth said. “I’m not going to raise my food (prices) that much, I’m not going to charge people that much money.”
The grill had many loyal customers who returned time and again to support a local business and enjoy the tasty food on offer. Hollingsworth said she wanted to thank their customers for their business over the years.
“I appreciate it and I hate so much we’re shutting down,” she said.
Home Food Grill operated in space rented from Home Food Market. It will be up the McNeills, who own Home Food Market, to decide what happens next with the space, Hollingsworth said.
David McNeill said Tuesday he didn’t have any information yet about what’s next for the space.