A true southern style fish house opened by Greenville transplants, Connie and Wayne Parker. Connie, who hails from California and Wayne, who’s from Mississippi, opened Southern Catch in 2013 to provide the upstate with a Mississippi staple, "the fish house".
The eatery offers a menu steeped in southern tradition. That means fried catfish, fried shrimp, crawfish, boiled shrimp, all capped off with homemade coleslaw and fries. Oh, and hushpuppies. Those are a house specialty!
“There are so many chain restaurants here,” Connie says. “So we really wanted to open up something that was small and more intimate.”
Had you asked the husband and wife team 10 years ago whether they’d one day be restaurant owners, they would have said you were crazy. Then, the couple was living in Southern California and Wayne was working as a telecommunications technician for Fluor Corp. After Connie got pregnant unexpectedly at the age of 42, the couple decided to move to the south in search of a simpler life. They arrived here in 2007.
But things changed in January 2013 when Wayne was laid off from his job after 23 years with his company and the couple had to quickly figure out a plan B.
On an Easter trip to Mississippi to visit family, the idea for a fish house came up. Neither had restaurant experience, but Connie did have food experience. She’d always loved to cook was working with the Greenville County School System as a cook for several years. She’d just been through culinary training as part of the system’s healthy menus training.
“It’s been a roller coaster the way I went to work for the school system in the cafeteria and then this all panned out,” Connie says. “I always say God had a plan and boy it has taken us by surprise!”
Since then, the venture has taken off and the rest as they say, is history!