Auten’s, a family restaurant, closes on Aiken’s Southside

April 2, 2019

Auten’s, a restaurant on Aiken’s Southside, has closed for good, according to an announcement posted on Facebook over the weekend.

A comment added to that message stated that March 30 was the last day that the eatery was open for business.

Frankie and Sharon Auten established Auten’s in July 2009.

The couple promoted their new venture as a family restaurant featuring country-style cooking, and its decor had a schoolhouse theme. There were desks and slate chalkboards in the eatery along with vintage posters, rulers, stickers and notebooks.

“After nearly 10 years in business, the owners of Auten’s have decided to take a step back and try to enjoy a little of what life has to offer,” the Facebook announcement stated. “We are so thankful to the Aiken community for all the support, encouragement and kindness that you all have given us. We have decided to retire from the restaurant business. After over 20 years of doing this type of work we are going to pursue other areas. We will miss everyone greatly. Thank you so much for your support.”

Auten’s served comfort food for lunch and breakfast.

Among the items on the menu were hamburger steak, fried chicken, meatloaf and pot roast.

Other choices included omelets, pancakes, French toast and biscuits.

Neither Frankie nor Sharon Auten could be reached for comment.

Before establishing Auten’s, the couple had operated K&A Favorite Food in Calhoun Falls for 12 years.

The address for Auten’s was 969 Pine Log Road.

For a number of years, the restaurant conducted an annual pancake-eating contest called the Pancake Challenge.