It’s 3 a.m., and outside the Waffle House on Harden Street in Five Points small groups of men sit on the curb or lean against the restaurant’s wall, laughing and smoking. Inside, cook Tiffany Jones fixes a plate of bacon for a straggling customer. Jones, a third-year social services student at Benedict College and mother… Read More Late-night Five Points worker has different view of district’s crime, safety
Aaron Klugh wants his Kraken Gastropub to be known for its customer service and fine dining as well as for its menu and draft beers. The Rosewood restaurant is not the only gastropub in Columbia, but Klugh tries to differentiate his by using his customer-service experience as a sales manager.
By Andrew Barnwell July 23, 2013 Tom Simpkins is remembered by many older African-Americans in Aiken and Graniteville as one of the wealthiest men in Aiken, with a financial empire of area nightclubs and restaurants. As one of the few self-made African-American entrepreneurs in the area, Simpkins made his money and bought his land almost… Read More Desegregation’s freedom proved to be ruin for some black businesses
By Jared Owenby July 19, 2013 When he looks out the windows of his restaurant, Terra chef and owner Mike Davis doesn’t see the grand complex that was supposed to be the Meeting Street gateway to West Columbia. Instead, he sees a four-acre lot that remains an eyesore, where patches of grass grow and water… Read More W. Columbia still hopes to develop ‘the pit’
By Tom Garzilli July 10, 2013 Business is slow around the historic Cottontown-Bellevue neighborhood, but the Lamb’s Bread Vegan Cafe is looking to draw new people to the area. Owned by King Khurhu, the cafe offers an eclectic combination of modern vegan menu items, traditional herbal remedies and cultural decor. It also hosts guest speakers… Read More Vegan cafe hopes to help revitalize Cottontown
By Isabelle Khurshudyan July 9, 2013 A week doesn’t go by that Gene Sansbury isn’t recognized as the biscuit man. But the former owner of the Biscuit House on Bluff Road has moved on. He says he often doesn’t recall most of his former customers when they stop to say “Hi.” He doesn’t even eat… Read More From ‘biscuit man’ to library: Sansbury still serves the public