Early last Wednesday, Rosetta’s Soul Food in the Corner Square Plaza was damaged due to a fire and is now closed for repairs. According to a post that owner Emma Smalls made on the restaurant’s Facebook page, no one was injured in the fire but it did cause major damage to the restaurant.
“God is still good!!” the post reads. “Rosetta’s will be closed for a while to repair what was damaged but please believe WE WILL BE BACK!!! Thank you for your continued support!”
Rosetta’s, which is named after Smalls’ mother, has been a Southern soul food staple in the Moncks Corner community for more than a decade.
“I pretty much lost everything,” Smalls told Count on 2. “I was getting ready to come in and I got the call from 9-1-1. Dispatcher told me I needed to get here, and when I got here, it was just pretty much gone.”
The fire broke out while Smalls’ mother was cooking bacon in the kitchen, Count on 2 reported. Rosetta’s does have insurance coverage, but it likely won’t cover all the expenses, which could reach up to $100,000 per one contractor’s estimate.
It could take up to eight months before Rosetta’s reopens. In the meantime, the soul food joint has found a temporary home in The Burger Factory, also located in Corner Square Plaza, and will be offering takeout.
“I just want to thank my cousin Jessica Gourdine ,my entire Gourdine family and the property owners for coming through for me today in a major way. Thanks to them Rosettas has a temporary spot. So with that being said Sunday dinner tomorrow!” reads a Facebook post by Smalls.
A GoFundMe page was launched to help rebuild the restaurant.