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Lexington County state representative at forefront of push to reform liquor liability

Local restaurant owners continue to push against rising insurance rates in South Carolina, described by many as a dire threat to their continued operation. more

West Columbia icon Compton’s Kitchen has seemingly shuttered

It appears that Compton’s Kitchen, a West Columbia institution that has reliably served up country breakfast and “meat n’ fixins” since 1977, has closed. more

National franchise brewpub to fill out Lexington spot once slated for Navy Yard beer garden

A key spot along Lexington’s Main Street, once slated to be the site of an ultimately scrapped beer garden, is now fully rented out, with the latest future tenant also planning to sling craft beer. more

10 years later, Lexington County Chili Cook Off has grown, still about community

It’s a Lexington County tradition a decade in the making this year.  more

8 Lexington County restaurants received C grades in January

Eight Lexington County restaurants received a C, the lowest Food Grade given out by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, during the month of January. more

Brazilian steakhouse rebrands in Harbison, Lexington getting new Outback

Another change is coming to a popular row of restaurants near one of Columbia’s main shopping complexes, while one national chain is giving way to another in Lexington. more

Batesburg-Leesville coffee start-up hopes to boost coffee growers, local community

From the foreign lands of Ethiopia and Guatemala, Beulah Roasting Co. is bringing coffee to the tables and countertops of Americans across the country.  more

‘Love Your Neighbor’ in full effect at Red Bank restaurant

An anonymous person purchased $500 worth of meals at Hwy. 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries in Red Bank.  more

Lexington County’s James Beard Award nominees talk impact of prestigious recognition

The James Beard Awards have been given out annually by their namesake foundation since 1990. The prestigious honors are often likened to being the Oscars of the dining world. more

The Catch-Up: Lexington County officers, K9 receive recognition; First Watch opens

Members of the Lexington Police Department and Lexington County Sheriff’s Department recently received recognition. more

Two Lexington County restaurants receive James Beard nominations

Lexington County restaurants received nominations for the awards that are considered the Oscars of the dining world. more

Groucho’s, yoga studio in Batesburg-Leesville hope to create space for community

An outpost of the popular Columbia chain Groucho’s Deli and Freedom Yoga & Wellness opened in early January. more

IceCream Taco moves to West Columbia, seeking location with ‘more life going on’

Seeking a more lively location, a local ice cream shop has moved from one spot in Lexington County to another. more

Red Bank to get Lexington County’s fourth Lowes Foods location

Red Bank residents who prefer to do their grocery shopping with a beer in hand are in luck. more

Henry’s of Cayce, set to close, hit with lawsuit related to DUI deaths

The Cayce bar and restaurant is set to close later this month, citing the state’s escalating liquor liability costs. more

New Lizard’s Thicket location opens in Red Bank

A new location of the Midlands’ quintessential Southern food chain has opened in Lexington County. more

Piecewise Coffee expands in Cayce, announces 2nd location in Columbia

More moves on the Lexington County coffee shop scene. more

Restaurant owners strategize around rising insurance rates, seek help from SC lawmakers

The second session of the 125th South General Assembly began this week, and activists are calling attention to proposed legislation that could modernize liability laws in the Palmetto State.  more

Five Lexington County restaurants received C grades in December

Five Lexington County restaurants received a C, the lowest Food Grade given out by the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, during the month of December. more

Cayce bar and restaurant closing, cites SC’s escalating liquor liability costs

With eyes turning toward the state Legislature to see how they might help with skyrocketing insurance rates, a Cayce restaurant and bar has announced it will close as a result of the escalating expenses. more

Pickleball explosion continues: biergarten/sports attraction to open along Saluda River

Within the year, you should be able to enjoy happy hour and a popular sport in one spot along one of the area’s rivers. more

The Catch-Up: Black Rooster goes Italian, prominent attorneys take on Lexington murder trial

A prominent West Columbia restaurant is changing its focus. more

Groucho’s, axe-throwing spot coming to Batesburg, new hibachi restaurant in Lexington

Groucho's Deli and Oak Street Hatchet are set to open side-by-side in downtown Batesburg, while Machi Hibachi and Sushi will open soon as the third Japanese restaurant to occupy its spot on Sunset Boulevard in less than a year. more

View From Upstairs: Owner of closing West Columbia Italian restaurant reflects on 44 years

Al Loftis shed a couple tears as he talked about saying goodbye to the restaurant he’s run for nearly a half-century. But he mostly seemed satisfied with the impact he’s had on the community. more

Legislators prepare to take action on skyrocketing bar insurance rates as January rally looms

A rally will be held at the Statehouse next month as anxiety grows among bar owners about mounting liquor liability costs. more
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