Natalie Netzel Staff Writer
September 23, 2013
PROSPERITY — Prosperity has welcomed a new restaurant to town with a touch of ‘grace’ and American cuisine for the whole family.
James and Teresa Metts are the owners of Chase’s on Grace on the square in Prosperity. They had their official opening on Friday just in time for dinner with the family.
“It’s always been my dream to operate my own business,” said James, who named the restaurant after his son, Chase, who died after a long medical battle.
“He was a real trooper, my hero,” he said about his son.
The logo for the restaurant was designed by Teresa who was told to come up with a design fit for Chase.
“We wanted to do something like a cherub or angel. Inside the heart is his initial we put in his honor,” said Teresa.
The couple comes from the Lake Murray area but is in the process of moving to Prosperity.
“This town is so cute and everyone comes together. It’s a real community atmosphere,” said Teresa.
The Metts just want to bring a family restaurant with good food to the town.
“We use good, fresh food and have a good family atmosphere. It’s a good place to hang out with the family. I want to be able to bring my child in here and him be comfortable,” said James.
In addition to the main eating area, there is a closed off bar-like area called Frog Level lounge that Teresa said she named to bring a bit of history into the place since Prosperity used to be known as Frog Level town.
James describes the restaurant as “country elegance,” meaning they have the fine dining without the fine dining price.
The couple both run and operate the restaurant and have close to 50 years total in the restaurant business.
James went to USC’s culinary school and prior to coming to Prosperity, he was a general manager at a restaurant in Lake Murray. Teresa doesn’t have formal training but she said she learned a lot from her mother, whom she calls a great influence.
Both say they learned a lot from their mother’s cooking. Teresa said that one of the items on the menu — Asian jerk chicken — is her mother’s although she did tweak it with a few different spices of her own.
James has a crab soup he came up with known as he-crab soup, instead of she, since he created it.
Prior to Prosperity, Teresa worked at Shealy’s Barbecue in Batesburg-Leesville, which is where she and James met creating a match made in the kitchen.
While the couple is not originally from Prosperity, they do have ties to the small town. One of Teresa’s friends teaches at Mid-Carolina High and James’s grandfather was born and raised in Prosperity. He later moved to Batesburg-Leesville.
Now, the couple hopes to stay for a while.
“I’m here to put out good food,” said James. “Cooking’s my passion.”
The restaurant is on Facebook under Chase’s on Grace, Prosperity, S.C. They are open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sundays.