Hendrix rooftop with Tapp's view

The view from the Hendrix rooftop

It took a while for the former Hennessey’s on the 1600 block of Main to become something other than empty, and even longer for the extensive, historically sensitive restoration and upfit of the building to be completed. But it will officially open on Feb. 7 when Hendrix, an upscale restaurant and bar with rooftop views of Main Street and a bit beyond, fully opens its doors.

For those who want a taste sooner, Hendrix is already soft-open and is available for private events.

“The elevator isn’t officially ready to go so we aren’t ready to be open to the public,” says co-owner Jon Sears.

The roof, which hosted a New Year’s Eve party with a view of Famously Hot fireworks, has a capacity of 99.

Co-owned by Jon Sears, Chris Davis and Christy Davis (of Christy Davis Interiors), Hendrix serves American style food with a Peruvian twist thanks to chef Javier Uriarte, who most recently worked as a sous chef at Motor Supply Co. Bistro.

Sears recommends the chicken pot pie empanadas and the paella. To make reservations, call 803-834-5132 or email management@hendrixsc.com. Once they fully open, Hendrix will be open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday and for brunch Saturday and Sundays.

RF’s Corner Grill Jazzes Up Lexington Dining Scene

Serial restaurateur Arif Rizvi is at it again, with a new restaurant in Lexington that he hopes will push people’s palates. RF’s Corner Grill at 712 West Main St. officially opened for business on Jan. 2.

Rizvi, who formerly owned and operated Rue 77 on Assembly Street and One Taco, Two Taco in Lexington, says he’s bringing over the best tacos from his previous endeavor, and adding more.

“It’s sort of a modern classic, one of the more unique restaurants in Lexington,” says Rizvi. “It’s Charleston-meets-New York type of food that also includes local favorites.”

The owner and executive chef, Rizvi describes some of their mouthwatering twists on classics. “We have a mac and cheese burger that’s big, greasy and delicious,” he says. Another riff on the classic burger is a Sichuan burger that is a spiced beef patty served on a flatbread with green chutney and a tzatziki sauce. More traditional burgers also coexist peacefully on the menu for the less taste-adventurous. “It’s nothing that people will be scared of but the presentation is going to be palate pushing,” says Rizvi.

In addition to burgers, rustic flatbreads, big salads, nine styles of California tacos and Spanish rice bowls round out the menu, which will change every six months or so. A small but sturdy cocktail program and 20 taps featuring mostly local beers will help to wash down the zesty eats.

RF’s is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week.

Brain Freeze Closes

Brain Freeze, the Italian ice, ice cream and sweets shop in Cayce, is closing its brick and mortar location at 906 Knox Abbott Drive to focus more on its special events operations, which has expanded to include five mobile food carts and trailers. Owners Kia and Eric Usher announced the closing in a Facebook video on Dec. 21, saying that they will be bringing their Italian ice and ice creams to festivals both locally and regionally.

Restaurant Week Returns

Select dining establishments in Columbia, Greenville, Charleston, and throughout the state will be participating in Restaurant Week January 10-20. Many places will be offering special prix fixe menus to give people the chance to get a taste of the restaurant, often at lower price points.

More than 40 restaurants in the Columbia area will be participating. Check out restaurantweeksouthcarolina.com for participating restaurants and their menus.

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