WINNSBORO — Downtown Winnsboro added another new restaurant this week when Trio’s opened on Monday and held its official ribbon cutting Thursday morning.
Three friends from Fairfield County got together while working at the mill and decided they wanted to serve their community as entrepreneurs.
David “Parnell” Gibson, Deon Evans and Antron Woodard spent five years saving, starting off with just $25 a week, and worked to get their dream off the ground.
Originally, the three began as DMB — Determined Motivated Brothers. Before opening Trio’s, the three friends began with rental properties and as they continued to build on their savings, the opportunity to open a restaurant presented itself.
They jumped at the chance. Woodard said their motivation was the community.
“We all grew up around here, and there’s not too much around here and we want to re-invest in where we come from,” he said.
Gibson said they wanted to “create opportunities not just for ourselves but for others.”
That certainly seemed to be the case as they had a full staff on hand to serve the crowd that turned out Thursday morning.
Each co-owner is active in the community, but David Gibson seemed to be especially active. He is a trustee at Mount Olive Baptist Church, a volunteer firefighter, and a coordinator for the Adopt-a-Highway program among other activities.
Evans and Woodard both commented that Gibson was “the man, he is great. He deserves the world, he’s too good.”
The focus is to get business in line with a great staff so they can continue to grow and add other business ventures in the community. Evans said “that’s why we’re here. We’re going to be here 24/7.”
The menu will consist of a variety of foods ranging from burgers to soul food, and will feature breakfast all day. Trio’s will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. They are located at 147 S. Congress St.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.