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Duck Donuts

702 Cross Hill Rd, 100B, Columbia

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Duck Donuts got its start in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, and quickly grew to add stores in almost a dozen additional states, including South Carolina, which will count Columbia as its second SC location very soon (projected in July)!

Duck Donuts is famous for its warm, delicious made to order donuts “the way YOU like”! Here’s how it works: start with one of Duck’s freshly made donuts, pick a Coating (Cinnamon-Sugar, Chocolate Icing, Maple Icing, etc.), then pick a Topping (Sprinkles, Oreos, Bacon Pieces, etc.) and finally, choose your Drizzle (Hot Fudge, Salted Caramel, Raspberry or Blackberry). And there you have it: your perfect donut! Duck also offers breakfast sandwiches, premium roasted coffee including flavored coffees and espresso, and tea and other beverages. Be sure to Like and Follow their Facebook page HERE for updates!

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia

Freddy’s is a family-friendly eatery that has a retro-50’s feel to its decor and a tasty menu with an appeal that will span the generations. Freddy’s has grown its stellar reputation in other parts of the country, so we where so excited when they opened their doors here in Columbia back in February….and we are even more thrilled to announce that they will be opening a second location!

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has broken ground on its new store at 2865 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia. The new site, near Lexington Medical Center, is the second store in the Midlands after opening their first midlands location last month at 457 Killian Road.

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“We’re grateful for the warm welcome and for the kind comments we continue to receive at our Killian Road restaurant and online,” said Brett Rickert, franchise owner. “Construction on our West Columbia location started Monday and area residents can expect our signature lean ground beef steak-burgers and creamy frozen custard in just a few months.” More here!

This second location is expected to open July 2017, Foodies. Woohoo! Kathy and Miriam ate at their first location for lunch last week and were impressed with the clean tables, friendly staff, delicious sundaes, and their menu (lots of options!). We are expectant for this second location.

The 3,000 square-foot, freestanding restaurant will seat 96 guests and will have additional seating on the patio. Drive-thru service will also be available. Stay tuned! Visit site here.

Check out the menu details and lovely pics at the Freddy’s website! Follow them on Facebook.

Hours of operation: Sunday – Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

 

 

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia 

Freddy’s is a family-friendly eatery that has a retro-50’s feel to its decor and a tasty menu with an appeal that will span the generations. Freddy’s has grown its stellar reputation in other parts of the country, so we where so excited when they opened their doors here in Columbia back in February….and we are even more thrilled to announce that they will be opening a second location!

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers has broken ground on its new store at 2865 Sunset Blvd. in West Columbia. The new site, near Lexington Medical Center, is the second store in the Midlands after opening their first midlands location last month at 457 Killian Road.

“We’re grateful for the warm welcome and for the kind comments we continue to receive at our Killian Road restaurant and online,” said Brett Rickert, franchise owner. “Construction on our West Columbia location started Monday and area residents can expect our signature lean ground beef steak-burgers and creamy frozen custard in just a few months.” More here!

This second location is expected to open July 2017, Foodies. Woohoo! Kathy and Miriam ate at their first location for lunch last week and where impressed with the clean tables, friendly staff, delicious sundaes, and their menu (lots of options!). We are expectant for this second location.freddys-orginial-double

The 3,000 square-foot, freestanding restaurant will seat 96 guests and will have additional seating on the patio. Drive-thru service will also be available. Stay tuned! Visit site here.

Check out the menu details and lovely pics at the Freddy’s website! Follow them on Facebook.

Hours of operation:  Sunday – Thursday   10:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Friday – Saturday   10:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.

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East Bay Deli

108 Sunset Court, West Columbia | 803.791.1150

One of our favorite restaurants in Columbia, East Bay Deli, is opening up a second location in the old Atlanta Bread Company across from EBD Dixie Darling Sandwhich.jpgLexington Medical Center! YAY! They will offer the same menu and same hours (daily; 7am – 9pm) as their first Columbia location (located at 1426 Main Street). There is no definite opening date, but they are aiming for around May 1st, but definitely stay tuned for more details. Here’s a picture of their progress so far:

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This NEW location of East Bay Deli is currently hiring!! Offering flexible hours, competitive pay, and a fun working environment with opportunities for career advancement. Visit their “Employment” page on their website here.

The Aristocrat

1001 Washington Street (first floor) The Aristocrat

The Vista will soon have a NEW upscale fine wine and craft cocktail establishment, as the Aristocrat is expected to open its doors on March 30th in the old Kelly’s Deli and Pub that closed in August. Mo and Ashley Garcia, owners of the Aristocrat, have a lot of experience in the service industry. They recognize how much Columbia’s food scene is growing and hope that the Aristocrat will bring a certain upscale element to Columbia! The Aristocrat is beautifully decorated with chandeliers, copper bar tables, and custom booths and is dressed with framed paintings of aristocrats on the walls. One entire wall in the ballroom,  which is called the “haint blue art wall” is a spot for local artists to be able to display their work. The Aristocrat also features a bar room and a ball room. The ball room houses a stage for live music, specifically from throw back bands (think Sinatra) such as Ross Holmes Band who is playing at their Grand Opening on April 7, 2017 (grand opening is from 4pm – 2am; cocktail attire encouraged). Additionally, they have an outdoor seating area, with an area for smokers off to the side.

The Aristocrat has a rather large global wine selection, by the glass and bottle and they try to source as many sustainable, eco-friendly, organic, and/or vegan wines as possible. Their craft cocktail menu is very unique, fresh, and interesting, with names that reflect the aristocratic theme; The Court Jester, The Guillotine, and Ashley’s personal favorite The Aristocrat champagne cocktail (their signature cocktail). Additionally, the Aristocrat has a small menu that is representative of flavors of SC; like Coastal Crab Cakes with Remoulade, Brisket Sandwich with Piedmont BBQ sauce served with Superfood Shred tossed in Vidalia Onion dressing, and a rotating selection of desserts.

Valet parking will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays at a minimum, but potentially the rest of the week. They will have happy hour and a weekly Wine Tasting Wednesday too! We can’t wait for them to open their doors! Visit their FB page here.

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Quaker Steak and Lube lube-burger

2154 South Beltline Blvd. | 803.908.4905

Quaker Steak and Lube, a national chain is set to open a new location on Wednesday, March 15th. It’s on South Beltline near the I-77 interchange.  Moms and dads will love the family-feel to their menu, including a kid’s section for 8 years and under called Kids Lube Cruisers which are served with a FREE fountain beverage, apple juice, or low-fat milk and choice of carrots, Jell-O, applesauce, crispy fries, apple wedges, or baked Cheddar Goldfish!  View local menu here; featuring a superabundance of delicious menu items including seafood, baby back ribs, steak dinners, specialty salads & soups and more! By the way the building will also have a kids arcade center, a bowling alley, and a Starbucks.

Pelican’s SnoBalls

1912 Rosewood Drive | 919.614.2080

Snoballs.jpgOpens for the warmer months beginning on March 1st, 2017. They are moving from 1900 Rosewood a few blocks down to 1912 Rosewood, so enjoy their plethora of flavors there Foodies!

Other locations set to open on March 1st: 

202 Graces Way, Columbia (Northeast)
517 North Lake Drive, Lexington

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Irmo – 6165 St. Andrews Rd.

More location information here.

Hours:

Mon – Thursday: 12pm-9pm
Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 10pm
Sunday: 2pm – 10pm

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Hunter – Gatherer Brewery at Rosewood Hangar

1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd.

According to City documents, “The Curtiss-Wright Hangar was the first building to be built at Columbia’s Owens Field Municipal Airport in 1929. The hangar was built by the Curtiss-Wright Flying Service and was officially opened in April 1930 with a large celebration, dedication, and air show. Although the hangar was initially used for passenger and airmail service, it was eventually also used for flight training, airplane storage, and airplane maintenance and repair. Of the approximately 35 hangars built by Curtiss-Wright Flying Service by the 1930s, Columbia’s Curtiss-Wright Hangar is one of the last to remain standing and is largely unaltered from its original design.”

We were so excited when we heard that Hunter – Gatherer Brewery would be expanding into such a neat, historical place from their current location at 900 Main St.

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Image from City Documents

The Curtiss-Wright Hangar was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1990s for its contributions to air transportation in Columbia and throughout the state and today the hangar is undergoing a big renovation and is expected to open this summer. How exciting! Kevin Varner, brewer and owner of Hunter-Gatherer brew pub announced that in celebration of their 20th anniversary (Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Alehouse opened in Columbia on Oct. 7, 1995) they will be opening this second location at Owens Field that will feature a taproom, a 17bbl (527 gallon) brew house, a bottling and kegging line, and an observation deck overlooking the airport. Foodies, the Hunter-Gatherer at 900 Main Street will stay the same so no worries if you’re a regular.

Renovation is well underway. There were many painted signs on the hangar. One sign, above the sliding hangar doors, originally said “Curtiss Wright” and “Flying Service.” This Curtiss-Wright sign is in the process of being re-painted to match the original and another sign will be painted (on the opposite side of the building) saying “Hunter – Gatherer” and “Brewery & Alehouse.” It’s going to look awesome! We can’t wait to dine at this historical establishment, as we watch planes fly overhead.

Coming Soon: Hickory Tavern and Dave & Buster’s

New Hickory Tavern Slated to Open Late January

Hickory Tavern®, the casually social neighborhood restaurant acclaimed for its sports passion, will be opening a second location in the Columbia area, slated to open late this month. The new location will in the Woodhill Shopping Center in southeast Columbia. The company’s Vista location opened in December 2014. Hickory Tavern’s unique brand of polished casual dining features a lively bar atmosphere, upscale menu and approximately 70 TVs throughout the restaurant, bar and patio.

 

Tentative Grand Opening Date is February 13th, 2017!

100 Columbiana Circle, Suite 5

Dave & Buster’s is coming to Columbiana Centre! The grand opening is tentatively scheduled for February 13th, 2017.

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Known for its legendary burgers, Dave & Buster’s is the perfect place to play, eat, drink, and watch sports all under one roof. Enjoy appetizers for the whole group such as the Bar Burgers & Wings Platter, Crispy Steak N’ Cheese Tater Cakes, Pepperoni Pretzel Pull-Apart and much, much more! D&B also features a variety of fresh salads, steaming soups and delicious entrees ranging from ribs to seafood to sandwiches to their wings. And don’t forget to save room for dessert!

Dave & Buster’s is stocked to satisfy everyone’s tastes with innovative cocktails, an extensive wine list, and over 2 dozen varieties of domestic and imported beers. They even have concoctions completely unique to Dave & Buster’s! Try out their Million Dollar Margarita and D&B TNTea, or taste their new, one-of-kind cocktails such as Crown Apple Smash, Henry’s Strawberry Nirvana and Sailor’s Spiked Root Beer. Dave & Buster’s is also giving you a blast from the past with their snow cone classics–but with your favorite liquors and liqueurs mixed in of course!

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Bang Bang Chicken with Spicy Thai Peanut Noodles

Come ready to play and let the games begin! There’s something for everyone at Dave & Buster’s, which features classics like Pop-A-Shot, Pac Man and Skee-Ball as well as the newest games in their Million Dollar Midway.
We’re excited for this new restaurant to open it’s doors! Click here to visit their website.

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

457 Killian Road  | Columbia SC

The very first area Freddy’s is under construction on Killian Road in northeast Columbia, just off I-77.  Never heard of Freddy’s?  You certainly will… and soon.  Freddy’s has grown its stellar reputation in other fredhead-at-freddysparts of the country, and we are setting our sights (and tastebuds) on checking this out in February 2017!  This family-friendly eatery has a retro-50’s feel to its decor and a tasty menu with an appeal that will span the generations.   No “hamburgers” here.  We’ve heard that Freddy’s steakburgers are often voted “best burger” in competitions across the country… the company uses premium quality lean beef in its steakburgers.  “Every Freddy’s Steakburger starts with premium, lean, American, 100% pure ground beef – no additives or fillers. We press the patties thin to create deliciously crispy edges and always cook them to order so they’re steaming hot. Freddy’s way may take a little longer, but that’s what makes Freddy’s Steakburgers so special. Top two patties with Freddy’s Famous Seasoning, two slices of melting cheese, mustard, onions and crunchy pickle planks, all on a fresh, perfectly toasted bun and you have our one and only Freddy’s Original Double!”  Sounds great, eh?  Choose sides from baked chips, fries or applesauce.

Freddy’s Frozen Custard isn’t your average ice cream parlor. In fact, it isn’t ice cream at all! Thanks to a time-tested churning process that minimizes ice crystals and air, Freddy’s Frozen Custard is smoother and richer than ice cream and frozen yogurt.  Check out the menu details and lovely pics at the Freddy’s website! Follow them on Facebook and watch for more details about an opening date: click here.

Famous Toastery

119 Sparkleberry Lane | 2 more locations to come!

The FIRST location of Famous Toastery that is coming to Columbia, SC is expected to open mid-January! The building that used to be a McAllisters, is under construction right now. How exciting!

Famous Toastery is a North Carolina-based eatery that serves fresh ground coffee, breakfast famous-toasterysandwiches, omelets, stuffed french toast, hash browns, grits, biscuits & gray and more for breakfast. View their full breakfast menu here. They are also open for lunch, Foodies! Savor their BLT, Grilled chicken sandwich, meatloaf, Tuna salad, & blackened chicken Caesar wrap. View their full lunch menu here. You can order breakfast or lunch at any time in the day.

I spoke with Kim Kenney, franchisee, on the phone last week and now can’t wait to taste items off of their menus. Famous Toastery spent 7 years perfecting their model before they began to franchisee it out. They have a special service concept that I had never heard of before. It is called, “Every Server is your Server,” so essentially you will never have to look for a server. It is a team effort and every server is there to make your dining experience as enjoyable as possible.

Famous Toastery is also famously known for their FRESH ingredients that are made every morning. Nothing is frozen. Kenney raved about their fresh squeezed orange juice! Plus, they serve fresh lobster rolls on the weekends and every table can expect fresh corn bread on their tables with homemade apple butter. Weekends and Famous Toastery go hand in hand.

Now what is very exciting about Famous Toastery is that they will have another location at 1301 Main Street Suites 200 & 300, as they are taking over the space of the Atlanta Bread Company and the Columbia News Stand. It is a neat spot along Main Street. Something unique that will be offered at the Main Street location, according to CEO, Robert Maynard, is that this downtown location will offer a “Grab n’ Go” system, as well as their normal dine in experience. This way if you are in a time crunch you can easily place your order online and pick it up! This Main Street location is expected to open the first of the summer or late spring of 2017.

This franchise requires 10 weeks of intense training, so you can be sure that your experience will be identical to that of the original location in North Carolina. Cool fact: CNBC named Famous Toastery in their article, “6 hot restaurant franchises to watch” in December 2015 and where it is based in Charlotte they have won MANY awards. The New Year can’t get here soon! Stay tuned.

Operating Hours: 

7 days a week! 7am – 3pm

Tallulah

2400 Devine St.

Tallulah is expected to open mid-December, as renovation on the former Dianne’s on Devine is coming along! Tallulah, a modern American restaurant, will in part boast a seasonal menu that will change weekly. They plan on serving medium sized dishes that will allow each person to order 2-3 plates. Your palette will not be limited in savory experiences, Foodies! Build your meal however you would like! You could even just grab one plate for a snack. This sounds like this is the perfect restaurant for the person that struggles with picking just one dish when they go out to eat. Tallulah

The restaurant will be divided into sections and will have a bar/lounge area where you will be able to walk in (no reservations) and a more formal dining room that will take reservations, as well as a glass enclosed patio area. On nice days they can open the windows, but on cold, rainy, or humid days the windows will be closed, yet you will still have a view.

I spoke with Russell Jones on the phone last week. Jones is a Columbia native and has been in the restaurant business for about 19 years! He moved away from South Carolina 12 years ago and while away worked at Jack Rose Dining Salon for about 2.5 years as their executive chef. Jones will be the executive chef at Tallulah and we can’t wait to taste Tallulah’s amazing dishes. Visit their Facebook page here for updates on opening!

Operating Hours:

Tuesday – Saturday: 5pm – 10pm (dining); 5pm – close (bar)

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The Pot Smoker BBQ

931-A Senate Street pot-smoker-bbq

Expected to open in January, this is the first franchise of the Pot Smoker BBQ. Phillip Pye, owner, has experience with opening restaurants in Cola, as he opened Takosushi on Assembly Street in 2010 and later sold it in December 2014. Phil has spent a lot of time training at the original Pot Smoker BBQ location in North Augusta and we can’t wait to try this place out. 

Enjoy appetizers like crispy smoked wings, red neck nachos, smoked mushroom cap (vegetarian option), plus entrees like pork sandwiches, chicken salad sandwiches, their pulled pork plate, rib & pork combo plate, 1/2 a chicken plate & more. They will also have many sides to choose from – hash and rice, loaded potato, mac-n-cheese, baked beans, Cole slaw, and black eyed peas to just name a few. Round out your meal with one of their mouthwatering desserts – Carnegie Deli New York Cheesecake, Bomb Diggity Brownie, Rosemarie’s Pound Cake, Pecan Pie or Buttermilk Pie. The menu will be the same as the original location – click here to view it. Except for one small thing. Because they have a pizza oven in the restaurant, they may have something unique from the original Augusta location. Barbecue Pizza!!

The Pot Smoker BBQ will have fountains out front and the largest porch in the Vista area. Renovations are coming along – follow them on Facebook to keep track of progress & to know exact opening date closer to.

Hours of Operation:

Monday – Saturday: 11am – 9pm

Columbia Craft Brewing Company

790 Huger Street/520 Greene Street

A microbrewery will open at 790 Huger Street aka 520 Greene Street, Foodies! This new craft brewing production company is coming to town & we are pretty excited!

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Existing building interior – going to be renovated! Picture from the City of Columbia.

According to documents filed with the city, Columbia Craft Brewing Co. will occupy a converted warehouse and would be considered a production brewery. The microbrewery will include a 3,500-square-foot 15-barrel brewing facility, an 1,800-square-foot tap room and an outdoor beer garden.

They would have a tour-tasting room onsite that will allow for seating & consumption of beer onsite. Their outdoor area, labeled as a beer garden, could be made pet friendly, so this could be quite the hang out spot.

Their tasting room would be large enough to accommodate group tours, beer tour stops, special events and general walk-in traffic. They do not plan on having an elaborate menu, but may have an area for a hot dog cooker and pre-packaged items such as nuts, crackers, pretzels, etc. We will see!  This place is definitely about the beer.

The company has already trademarked the phrase “craft beer famously hopped” and a logo, according to a letter their CPA sent the city. “We have also protected names such as … ‘Famously Pale,’ ‘Famously Gold,’ ‘Famously Stout,’ and ‘Famously Red’ for an initial lineup of beers,” the letter reads. Columbia Craft has also hired “an award-winning professional brewer.”

We can’t wait to see this place be developed and renovated & we will update here when we know more information.