Jerk Chicken Bowl

Photo by Bach Pham

A longtime favorite at Soda City Market, especially among the vegans, is ceasing vending at the market at the end of March to open a brick-and-mortar location. Mimie’s Delect-A-Bowls, owned by Kankou Mimie Holmes, is moving operations to 1002 Rabbit Run in Hopkins. In a Facebook post announcing the transition, Holmes also says there are possible plans to open one closer to Columbia in the future.

Mimie’s Delect-A-Bowls features African- and Caribbean-inspired dishes, and specializes in salad and grain bowls with superfoods and lots of vegetables. They are also well known for their vegan cinnamon rolls and specialty juices.

Barbecue at the Farmers Market

The Commissioner’s Cup BBQ Cook-off and Festival will be held on Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the South Carolina State Farmers Market in West Columbia.

The cook-off features barbecue from many chefs that have entered the competition, and samples of their barbecue are available for tasting and comparison.

Beyond the barbecue (if there is such a thing) there will be crafts and specialty foods for sale, live music, a children’s area and an antique tractor display.

Admission is $5 per person, and children under the age of 12 can enter for free with the donation of three canned goods for Harvest Hope Food Bank. Tickets can be purchased or at the door with cash only.

A Bunch More Closings

Yes, it does seem like a lot of places are closing lately, from chain restaurants to locally owned cafes. We’ve got a few more closings for you from this past week.

The fast-casual chain Newk’s Eatery has closed permanently in the Vista and oddly, with no signage indicating the closure. Free Times was able to confirm from the franchising company that it closed on March 10, but the company was not able to offer a reason. The nearest Newk’s and only remaining South Carolina location is in Summerville. Newk’s was located at 707A Gervais Street.

Catitude Cat Cafe, with its mission to re-home cats to customers who got to visit with the animals prior to adoption, is closing. The State Street cafe opened in November 2017 and offered people the chance to come in and hang out with the cats for an hourly rate, and to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea, too. (The emphasis was more on the cats than the cafe.) The last day for Catitude was Sunday, March 17, though their social media indicates that they are going to try and re-open in a different location.

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