EVERYBODY'S BUSINESS: Beloved Sanford restaurant owner passes away

Mar. 30, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

Sanford's food scene lost a staple last Sunday when Ruby Elaine Buie, the owner of Elaine's Grill, died suddenly at her home. She was 53.

Elaine's is located in a small building on Horner Boulevard just south of Wicker Street. Nothing about the food or the decor was flashy, but it was the go-to spot for many who loved their food soulful — the kind of place where mac-n-cheese is considered a vegetable, and you would find salmon patties and pork chops on the menu.

Her funeral was noon Saturday. A few hours later, several flower arrangements and a teddy bear adorned the outside of the restaurant, and a hand-written sign from the restaurant offered up thanks and also promised "all orders filled!" There's also a remark that someone else stopped to write later, praising the liver and onions.

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