FAIRMONT — Amid the phone ringing, the sizzle of hamburgers, and the melody of Kenny Chesney on the radio, Frank Milligan calmly maneuvers through the kitchen of his restaurant.
“They are all going to call at one time now,” said Milligan, smiling as he answered the call.
Milligan owns Frank’s BBQ & Seafood, which opened Jan. 2. The restaurant, located at 115 N. Walnut St. in Fairmont, is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. The phone number is 910-628-5339.
The restaurant’s specialties include the Fairmont Burger, which comes with lettuce, tomato, bacon, pickles, cheese and mushrooms, all for $4.
“The white cheese is what makes it,” Milligan said. ” … I think we’ve got the best hamburgers in town.”
A sign on the window advertises Frank’s Famous Hotdogs, which are two for $1.75, and other menu items include Philly cheese steaks, barbecue, grilled chicken, and seafood such as oysters, shrimp, flounder and catfish.
“As long as you got the right food, people will come to see you,” Milligan said as he sprinkled seasoning on a burger.
The average barbecue plate is $8 and the average seafood plate is $9.99.
Milligan ran a convenience store in Florence, S.C., for about 10 years, and still calls Darlington, S.C., home. He is staying in an RV locally to work at the business.
His wife is living in Columbia where she works at a medical collections office, and the two meet up every two weeks.
The restaurant has three employees and offers a drive-through window that instructs drivers to beep their horn for service.
Four booths, along with bar stool seating, create a casual atmosphere for diners.
“Everyone’s been nice. I’m thankful for their business,” Milligan said. “We’re just good old country people, we’ll get along with anybody.”
— Reach staff writer Amanda Munger at 910-272-6144 or email@example.com.