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IHOP remains closed; Red Lobster to reopen in Greenwood

The lights are on but pancakes lovers still can’t eat at the International House of Pancakes in Greenwood.

With grass and weeds overgrown at the IHOP on the bypass, the restaurant remains closed. The franchise owner for this location temporarily closed the restaurant, according to an IHOP spokesperson.

IHOP made changes during the COVID-19 pandemic to welcome customers back into their restaurants. From waiting in your car for a table to be available to not allowing anyone with a fever in the restaurant, many IHOPs across the country have begun to reopen.

Further down the Bypass, Red Lobster has been closed for several weeks. Even with a healthy takeout operation, Red Lobster in Greenwood has been totally closed to customers.

However, good news is coming for those who crave Cheddar Bay biscuits.

“The Red Lobster in Greenwood, SC will be re-opening for To Go and delivery on Monday, May 18,” said Nicole Bott, spokesperson for Red Lobster. Dine-in service will return on Friday.

Red Lobster is also making changes to adapt to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. The restaurant will be using disposable menus, implementing social distancing protocols, installing hand sanitizer dispensers and requiring employees to wear face coverings.

Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order allowing restaurants to reopen for dine-in service on Monday at no more than 50% of capacity.

Contact staff writer James Hicks at or on Twitter @jameshicks3.



Lake Greenwood was abuzz with boating activity this past weekend.

State health officials announced Saturday they inadvertently left 154 cases of COVID-19 out of Saturday's number, meaning the day saw 420 new cases — the highest daily tally to date.

State health officials reported 266 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday and four additional deaths from the respiratory virus.

Children’s summer reading through the Greenwood County Library system is launching Monday via story times, puppet shows and games, all online, along with virtual learning resources and a digital library, during the novel coronavirus pandemic.

To safely welcome employees, students and visitors back on campus during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Piedmont Technical College will be implementing a phased return-to-campus plan beginning Monday.

People in the Abbeville area will have the chance to get tested for COVID-19 for free, courtesy of an upcoming Abbeville Area Medical Center mobile testing event.

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