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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 brunch, so you’ll have plenty of chances to try all of 929’s unique dishes!

We did a little Q & A with Karen Choe, managing partner at 929 Kitchen & Bar. Here goes:

Q: What is your relationship to Korean food?

A: My silent partners and I grew up eating Korean food and always had a desire to introduce this cuisine to our hometown (Columbia). We all love to cook and dine out.

Q: What do you like best about your new location in the Vista?

A: We had been searching for our location for over a year. We all had the same concept in mind. Exposed brick and in a historical building.  I think we found an absolutely perfect spot.

Q: What are a couple of dishes you would recommend to someone who is not familiar with Korean cuisine?

A: Definitely Bibimbap which is a dish serve with just the right balance of veggies and meat served with rice in a large bowl. And served with our signature pepper paste sauce. Mixing all the ingredients together in the bowl also makes it interesting and fun. And if you are vegetarian or not a fan of spicy dishes, I recommend Japchae.  Panfried sweet potatoes starch noodles with veggies and your choice of protein.

929 Kitchen

Interior 929 Kitchen and Bar929 Kitchen & Bar is located in the Vista at 929 Gervais Street, in a beautiful space with stained wood, exposed brick and modern lighting (bubble chandeliers!). The tasteful decor is likely due to Manager Karen Choe’s background in Interior Design.

At this point, the new staff is trained, the soft opening has occurred. The restaurant is slated for a mid April opening date. Stay tuned to Foodie News for more information about 929 Kitchen & Bar!

O’Hara’s Public House | Lexington

Gaelic saying: An rud is annamh is iontach. (The thing that’s seldom is wonderful.)

O'Haras Public HouseGreater Columbia’s dining scene continues to expand and become awesome-er all the time.  People who’ve dreamt of operating unique eateries, pubs and other foodie ventures are getting the nerve up (and the capital up) to move forward on their dreams. Especially as they see the success that others around town are experiencing, doing the same.  Case in point: O’Hara’s Public House in downtown Lexington on Main Street.

Matt O’Hara worked a handful of years in food service before beginning a 20-year stint in sales and marketing. But inside Matt’s head was a dream of running an authentic neighborhood Irish pub, where friends and family could hang out for casual dining and drinking. A celebration of community, food and music… where the furnishings and atmosphere could make one feel transported to a pub far, far away. Earlier this year, Matt and his wife Michele found the ideal location, and friends who shared their excitement about the concept. Lexington residents Rebecca and Arlen Wingard partnered up with the O’Hara’s and the dream grew wings.

The Brazen Head - Ireland's oldest pub
The Brazen Head, Ireland’s Oldest Pub… where the O’Hara’s got some inspiration!

Recently, Matt gave us a tour of the construction site that will soon house O’Hara’s.  There will be 3 distinct spaces – the dining room, the “Pub”, and a new deck out back. Each space will afford about 60 seats for patrons. In the interior spaces, the construction crew has taken the plaster off and exposed gorgeous brick walls, the floors have had a hardwood rebirth, and the drop ceiling tiles removed to reveal a very cool original metal ceiling that has been restored.

O'Haras barMichele’s brother Brian, a carpenter in Raleigh, NC, has custom-built a front and back bar in his shop that was inspired by those found in pubs in Ireland. Comfortable and upscale upholstered bar and dining room seating is on order. The windows that face onto Main Street in the bar area will be able to be opened for fresh air, and patrons will be able to sit and people-watch or traffic-watch from bar stools pulled up to the window counters. The outside deck in the rear will feature tables as well, covered by a pergola.  Live music will be offered and musicians have already been booked.

Ireland Flag

Matt says he plans to offer 6 traditional Irish dishes, including Shepherd’s Pie, Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips among others. Food is clearly a passion with Matt as he showed us pictures of gigantic sandwiches he is experimenting with as well as a “Five-Way”.  Yep, those of us from Southwestern Ohio know that as a staple of life – chili over spaghetti, topped with beans, onions and shredded cheddar. OMG. Can’t believe we are going to be able to get that HERE, in the Palmetto State.

O’Hara’s is scheduled for a soft opening in mid-April, and will have their Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday April 28, with food, music and fun!  Visit their Facebook page here and their website here.

Gaelic saying: Toosemawhlahnahib-reh (A good start is half the work.)

The Baked Bear

631 Harden Street, Suite C

A shop specializing in custom-made ice cream sandwiches is coming to Columbia – San Diego-based The Baked Bear, specializes in custom, handmade ice cream sandwiches for which they use freshly baked cookies, donuts, brownies and craft ice cream! Here’s how it works: Mix and match cookies, brownies or donuts for the top and bottom of your sandwich; choose from over 13 craft ice cream flavors; add toppings; get it Hot Pressed to warm it up! Check it out here.


Thursday, April 5 | 5125 Sunset Blvd.

lidlLidl grocery store has been around since 1973. They’re all about high quality, low prices, great items and local partnerships. They like to say, “Our roots are European, but our vegetables are grown here”. Lidl stores are carefully curated for a product assortment and store layout that’s simple, yet full of surprises to discover at every visit! Check out their grand opening in Lexington! The whole family can enjoy activities and giveaways, sample delicious products and you can enter to win great prizes all weekend long. Plus, The first 100 customers will receive a wooden coin for a chance to win up to a $100 gift card! More here.

Steam & Ice

275 Harbison Blvd., Suite M

Steam & Ice is way beyond a juice bar – it’s “made-to-order grab and go liquid fusion”! Steam & Ice presents a modern take on drinks and classic delicious flavors, with a menu that features fruit bites and herbs mixed in lemonades, infused teas and handcrafted smoothies, as well as a range of artisan coffee drinks and milkshakes. Steam & Ice has something extraordinary for everyone, whether you’re focused on your health, need caffeine, or want a sweet treat! View the Steamy Menu and more here.

New French, Thai Restaurants Coming to Columbia

A new, traditional French restaurant will open soon. Sean Moore, the restaurateur who brought Five Guys Burger & Fries to Columbia, will open the new (unnamed as of yet) establishment in the Vista, where the old Columbia Fire Department headquarters used to be. Sister restaurant, Kao Thai Cuisine will be located next to it in the same space. Moore is also planning to open BLD (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner) Diner in Forest Acres. Stay tuned to Foodie News for opening dates and more information!

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