Openings

Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q 105 Saluda Pointe Court, Lexington | 803.490.2862 Willie Jewell’s Old School Bar-B-Q just opened in August, and Lexington ‘Q lovers couldn’t be happier! Willie Jewell’s brings their classic and creative “smoked for hours, served in minutes” dishes to the Midlands, seven days a week, from 11am – 9pm. Everything at Willie Jewell’s…

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Lowes Foods 4711 Forest Drive, Ste 1 Lowes Foods on Forest Drive is now open! This unique supermarket has a huge selection of locally grown produce, a variety of beers ready for taste testing at the store’s Beer Den, a Sausage Works station and Chicken Kitchen. Stop by and check it out! More here. Rocket Fizz…

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers Grand Opening: July 17 | 10611 Broad River Rd This diner-style burger joint serves up amazingly juicy Steakburgers and hotdogs served on buttery toasted buns, shoestring fries, and, to top it all off, frozen custard sundaes! Tasty specials like the Jalapeno Pepper Jack Steakburger, and the Funnel Cake Sundae make…

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The Lake Murray Deli & Snack Bar 3340 Highway 378, Leesville | 803-730-3044 The Lake Murray Deli & Snack Bar is officially open for the season! The “Always Casual, Hardly Traditional” spot is the best way to spend a casual day on Lake Murray! The menu features ice cold beer, and the best pimento cheese…

929 Kitchen & Bar

Looking for a trendy, fun place for a drink and a bite in the Vista? You’ve found it at 929 Gervais Street. 929 Kitchen & Bar is owned by young, hip partners Karen and Sean and their silent partners who have dreamed for a long time of serving up authentic Korean food with a modern…

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929 Kitchen & Bar 929 Gervais St. | 803-764-3825 The food at 929 Kitchen & Bar is inspired by ancient Korean traditions. Items range from authentic favorites, like Katsu, Korean BBQ Short Ribs and Bibimbap, to new twists on Korean fare, like Kimchi Nachos and Beef Bulgogi Tacos. It will be open for lunch, dinner and…

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Hampton St. Diner 1840 Hampton Street | 803-862-1064 Visit the newly opened Hampton St. Diner and go back in time! The black and white checkered tile floors, candy apple red and white walls with chrome accents, and 50’s music playing in the background will have you reminiscing about the good ol’ days of bobby socks and…

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Firenza Pizza 5232 Sunset Blvd, Lexington | Mon – Thurs: 11am – 9pm | Fri – Sun: 11am – 10pm Firenza Pizza just opened in Lexington on Tuesday, January 9. Experience “Pizza Like Never Before” at Firenza, which specializes in handcrafted, made-to-order, stone hearth-baked pizzas that can be customized with nearly 40 fresh toppings! Firenza offers eight signature pies,…

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The Grand 1621 Main Street | 803-726-2323 |  The Grand is now open on Main Street! This boutique bowling alley, restaurant and bar is the perfect place for fun, food and activities. The Grand celebrated its Grand Opening on Thursday, December 7th, so if you haven’t had a chance to get there… now’s the time!  Have fun,…

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Catitude Cat Cafe Grand Opening Friday, November 10 | 118 State St., West Columbia Catitude Cat Cafe is coming, and will be the first Cat Cafe in the Columbia, SC area! They have partnered with Pets Inc. in West Columbia, to provide 100% adoptable kitties! At Catitude, you can enjoy a cup of coffee, a…

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Duke’s Pad Thai Street Food and Noodle Bar 904 Knox Abbott Drive | (803) 661-6455 This brand new Thai “mom and pop shop” that opened in September features your favorite Thai dishes like Tom Yum soup, Green Curry, Thai Beef Salad and Pad Thai, along with dishes you don’t see so much of, like Bahn Mi…

Opening Monday! BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse Opens Monday, September 4 | 148 Harbison Blvd | 803.828.5850 BJ’s is known for award-winning handcrafted beer, Chicago-via-California-style pizza, and for their sweet Pizookies (a super moist, rich and delicious cookie topped with ice cream and baked to order). In September they will open their first location in South Carolina, on the site that was…

Openings: Urban Cookhouse

Urban Cookhouse 3000 Devine Street | 803.779.5070 Urban Cookhouse, one of Columbia’s most exciting recent acquisitions, opened its second location on August 19 on Devine Street (the first is in Irmo). UC emphasizes fresh, delicious menu items and a unique, family-friendly dining atmosphere. We spoke with Owner/President, Will Gillespie, about what makes Urban Cookhouse stand out,…

Now Open: Freddy’s 2nd Location

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 2865 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia | 803.851.1964 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…

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Blaze Pizza 471-1 Towne Center Place (in Village at Sandhill) | 803.834.3235 Busy days mean fast lunches, and Blaze Pizza’s pies are “Fast-Fire’d”, so you won’t be taking a long lunch break! We had heard great things about Blaze, both the Village at Sandhill and Harbison locations, and decided to try it for ourselves. Here’s how…

Recently Opened: Brain Freeze

This cute shop with a fun atmosphere just opened in Cayce! Brain Freeze held its grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 2nd and since then has been filling the area with a little more laughter & deliciousness. Brain Freeze has been serving Italian ice & ice cream from its food truck at events and festivals, and to the…

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Henry’s Restaurant and Bar 2108 State Street | 803.661.8494 You probably already know about Henry’s: a local favorite that started on Devine Street, was featured in a Southern Living piece about Carolina’s Best Burgers, and aired on the Food Network show Ginormous. But, did you know that Henry’s has just opened a THIRD location in Cayce?…

Recently Opened: East Bay Deli

East Bay Deli in West Columbia 108 Sunset Court, West Columbia | 803-791-1150 East Bay Deli, across from Lexington Medical Center on US 378, is now open! East Bay features “deli-cious” breakfast items, sandwiches, wraps, desserts, and an exceptional salad bar! We at Foodie News know what we’re talking about; we visited the first East Bay…

Recently Opened Restaurants!

The Pot Smoker BBQ 931-A Senate Street, Columbia | 803.400.2251 If you love real pit-smoked BBQ and traditional southern sides, make your way over to Pot Smoker BBQ in the Vista! The name “Pot Smoker” came about from the owner’s original cooking method, which involved using a ceramic pot to smoke premium meats. Their very original…

Recently Opened: Poke Brothers

Poke Bros 2009 Greene St. #102 | 803.764.5567  The latest in fast casual dining, Poke Bros officially opened its doors on Saturday, April 1st to offer Hawaiian style fresh fish to Columbia, SC! Poke Bros is based out of Columbus, Ohio, and their location in Five Points is just their third, and their first franchise….

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Lima Peruvian Cuisine 3830 Rosewood Drive (Suite A) | In Casey’s Fireworks Shopping Center |  803.851.3646  If you’ve always wanted to try authentic Peruvian cuisine now is your chance, as Lima Peruvian Cuisine opened its doors on January 24th! Their menu boasts a delicious assortment of appetizers, salads, Peruvian classic dishes, and even an entire “from the…

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Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 457 Killian Rd., Columbia 29203  TODAY FEBRUARY 14TH – COLUMBIA’S FIRST FREDDY’S OPENS! Freddy’s is a family-friendly eater 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…

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Tallulah 2400 Devine St. | 803.400.2300  Foodies, Tallulah officially opened its doors on Thursday, January 12th and we are pretty excited about it! Open nightly, Tuesday – Saturday, Tallulah will be taking reservations in their dining room, while their bar/lounge area will be available for walk – ins. Tallulah presents an upscale dining experience in…

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Lake Murray Deli Bar 3340 Hwy 378 Leesville, SC 29070 | 803-730-3044 Lake Murray Deli Bar is the newest hidden gem on Lake Murray, as they opened their doors on Wednesday, November 16th! Located at Hollow Creek Marina, the home of the Spirit of Lake Murray. Sides like the Greek Medley & Pimento Cheese are…

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East Bay Deli 1426 Main St. (in the block with The Hub) Downtown Columbia | 803.814.2277  East Bay Deli, a newcomer from Charleston, plans to open its doors on Thursday, November 17th. Boy are we glad they’re here! East Bay Deli is a New York-style deli with a distinctive southern flair; it offers traditional deli favorites,…

Openings!

New eateries, bars, & restaurants, new jobs, growth….NEW FOODS, new recipes, new creations, neat concoctions! Its all a happening! When we find out that a new eatery or drinkery will be opening its doors here in Cola – our taste buds are a back flippin’. Smoothie King  1205 Lincoln St. This brand new location of Smoothie King…

Openings/Coming Soon: Fall 2016

Blue Flour Bakery  Coming in November 2016 to 1210 Main Street!! Blue Flour Bakery has been opened in Irmo, SC for 7 years, but will be opening a NEW location this November. Focusing on decorated sugar cookies, brownies, big cookies!, muffins, quiche, and lots of homemade items like pimento cheese. At their new location they will be expanding…

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Don Tequilas Mexican Grill & Cantina 114 Afton Ct. | 803.764.3111 Conveniently located across from the Columbiana Centre mall near Carmike Cinemas, Don Tequilas Mexican Grill & Cantina recently opened and now offers an impressive variety of authentic Mexican dishes, including fajitas, quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas and burritos. However, Don Tequilas is not your typical, cookie-cutter Mexican…

Newly Opened

The Casual Pint 807 Gervais St.   |  803.832.7468 The Casual Pint recently opened its doors at 807 Gervais St. in the Vista.  A craft beer market, The Casual Pint offers customers beer-to-go or a pint right in the store.  They have a number of draft beer selections on tap, and they sell pints and…

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The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli  2617 Devine St. | 803.465.4947 Having opened their doors about 4 weeks ago, we’ve been delighted by their DEVINE Cinnamon rolls ever since! What makes their cinnamon rolls so special, eh? Their dough is made in house everyday from a special Hawaiian sweet bread recipe and this combined with their special cinnamon sugar…

New Restaurant Coming Soon

Coming Soon: 1616 Gervais Bistro Opening in the former Back Porch location, 1616 Gervais Bistro is slated to open by early July. Will offer a unique open air dining experience with a cozy, unpretentious atmosphere. Enjoy their laid back atmosphere, two outside dining areas (and indoor!), plus delicious, traditional American cuisine. They will take reservations and will also…

You Have to Try This Place: Moriarty’s Irish Pub

When James Pickle (great name for a restaurant proprietor!) met with his chef, Devin Maes, to develop a menu for the all new Moriarty’s Irish Pub, he told Devin that one of his top priorities was serving Moriarty’s patrons the BEST BURGERS in Columbia.  That’s a tall order in a town known for great burgers.  Undaunted, Devin worked tirelessly,…