Ten New Restaurants for Columbia’s CBD


Main Street is about to experience an unprecedented restaurant boom, spurred on by the promise of about 850 University of South Carolina students moving into the former Palmetto Center tower, which will triple the number of residents on the street.

Ten new restaurants – from Mediterranean and Ethiopian to Cajun and new Southern – have opened in the past month or will be opening soon.

The openings are building on the momentum for Main’s revitalization that started two years ago, when country-cool retailer Mast General Store opened in the former Lourie’s menswear building at the corner of Main and Taylor streets.

It seems, after decades of start-and-stop redevelopment efforts, Main Street finally has arrived. “Ten new restaurants is more than just good news, it’s mind blowing,” Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin said.



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