Arif Rizvi of RF's Corner Grill (and formerly One Taco Two Taco and Rue 77) has passed along his entrepreneurial spirit for opening restaurants to his oldest daughter, Zoya Rizvi, a 16-year-old at River Bluff High School in Lexington.
Zoya and her father will be opening a coffee shop in the former White Duck Taco at 612 Whaley St. The Hideout will feature an espresso bar, pastries, quick to-go bites and entrees. Additionally, there will be spiked coffee drinks, cocktails, and craft beer as day turns to night.
Though Zoya cannot technically own the business herself as a minor, she will be involved in the day-to-day operations of the restaurant even when she heads back to high school in the fall for her senior year. She was involved in designing the layout and look of the restaurant, and even sourced equipment and talked to vendors and contractors herself. The Rizvis took their location into consideration, asking students at the university — who they anticipate will be their biggest customer base — what they wanted in a nearby cafe.
The Hideout is slated to open in mid-July.
No Need to Skimp on Shrimp
Shrimp season is starting back up in South Carolina’s waters, and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is reporting that shrimp numbers are back on track. The colder than usual winter in 2018 led to lower shrimp numbers. The 2018 shrimp season didn’t even open until June last year due to the cool waters.
The SDNR’s trawl surveys are showing that shrimp numbers are back up to a 10-year average, which is welcome news for commercial trawlers and seafood lovers alike.