Social distancing and shelter in place may be causing local folk to spend more time in their hometown, but that’s okay. With the addition of five new eateries in the month of July, staying close to home may not be so bad after all.

 The opening of these new eateries has equated to more than 30 jobs created in the community.

“We are so excited to welcome these restaurants to our community,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Victoria Gaitten. “It is so exciting to see new business and new jobs coming to our downtown business district!”

Heidi Jeffers, Metter’s director of economic development, said, “It is so exciting to see new businesses and restaurants investing in Metter. Not only will they help increase the quality of life for local citizens but they will encourage tourism and bring visitors from the region. Restaurants also support Metter’s unique shopping experience.”

On Saturday, Anderson’s Seafood and Sweets held its grand opening at its North Broad Street location. Owner Rosby Anderson invites the community to come out and sample their fresh seafood, such as fish, shrimp, crab and more as well as their chocolate-covered sweets.

The “Pizza! Pizza” craze has also arrived. On Tuesday, Little Caesar’s opened its doors at the newly-built location on North Lewis Street.

Owner Al Patel said that the ribbon cutting ceremony itself is being rescheduled to a later date due to rain on Tuesday, but the take-out establishment is serving customers Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from and 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Scoops is opening today (Wednesday) with a variety of ice cream flavors, candies, chocolates, milkshakes, malts, coffees and more.

And while Sarah’s Sweets has been a favorite stop for quite some time, the local community is carefully watching to see when she opens at her new location on South Lewis Street.

Owner Sarah Jones says the exact date of her move to the new location is not confirmed but she expects to be operating by late July. And customers can expect a few new items on the menu along with her sticky buns, cream cheese Danish, fudge and pralines. New items will include homemade biscuits and gravy along with assorted breakfast wraps and a lunch menu of empanadas. Until then, customers can continue to visit her at her current location on West Broad St.

For a Mexican flair, Salsa Michoacano has opened on North West Broad Street and is now serving customers. 


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