New food, music and recreation comes to West Columbia with summer

To open in June

Summer is almost upon us, and it will be a season of new beginnings in West Columbia.

Primal Gourmet is scheduled to open in June and Bricks and Stones Pizza Company is slated for a July opening. Chayze Lounge has already opened and the New Interactive Art Park will cut the ribbon June 15.

Michael Mayo has escorted thousands of tube riders over the rapids of the Congaree River in West Columbia with his business Palmetto Outdoor.

He said the new art park is an example of West Columbia’s commitment to offering public options.

“We already see families moving here from Florida, Ohio, and Missouri, among other places because of this city’s investment in green space,” said Mayo. He said the new interactive park is a “waterside recreational attraction that will be inviting for everyone.”

Businesses are attracted to West Columbia, too, including new eateries.

“We plan to open near the end of June, probably around June 20,” said a spokesman for Primal Gourmet.

Primal Gourmet, in the former McGee Auction building at 725 Meeting St. is a new lunch and dinner spot. Owner Gregg Martin said it offers an eat-in or take-home menu, and pre-ordered meals for pick-up.

Chayze Lounge on Meeting Street

Some other features of the new location are: a cafe with super fast service and the ability to design your own healthy lunch or dinner on the spot; a market featuring fresh produce, meats, seafood, dry goods, and products all from South Carolina; a coffee service; freshly made gluten free products; cooking demos and classes; and community and educational events.

Bricks and Stones Pizza Company is coming to Woodberry Plaza on Augusta Road. It’s next to Big Lots.

Bob and Terry Close, of West Columbia, are the owners.

We serve brick oven pizza, in our old school pizza parlor,” said Bob Close. “Our oven cooks at 800 degrees, we cook a large pizza in about 3 mins.”

He also said all or the restaurant’s sauces and dough are made fresh daily. And that’s not all.

Bricks and Stones Pizza coming in July

“We make our Tiramisu fresh daily,” said Close. “We are a specialty pizza company. We serve authentic New York (style) pizza. He said Bricks and Stones has what’s called a “Grandma” pie. It’s something the folks up there (in New York) know well. It’s a thin crust version of the Sicilian square pizza. Most folks think it’s more flavorful, without all the dough.”

In addition to the food, Bricks and Stones will provide a visual spectacle.

“Our oven is the focal point of our restaurant it has a large rotating stone deck that helps keep the consistency in our product, there are no hot or cold spots to have to move the pizza around like a conventional wood-fired oven, said close. “We also hand toss each pizza, our chefs are out in front so the customers can see them preparing their pizza.”

He also said: “It’s a nice comfortable environment, modern look, we’ll have great servers, keeping a light friendly environment, we’ll have a light appetizers and dessert offering, as well as a nice variety of craft beer and wine.”

Interactive Art Park

Another business that has just opened in West Columbia, in a renovated facility, is Chayz Lounge. It’s at 607 Meeting Street. It’s features live music and it’s an event venue. “Chayz Lounge offers an intimate setting that invites you to experience the finest Jazz and rhythm and blues talents, up close and personal, the way it was meant to be,” said owner Chaye Alexander.

Get ready for some new experiences in West Columbia, just in time for summer.

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