Chorizo and Clams at @116 Espresso and Wine Bar

Photo by Jonathan Sharpe

Ryan and Cheryl Whittaker announced on social media they would be stepping down as the owners of West Columbia’s 116 Espresso and Wine Bar effective Wednesday, March 27. Free Times reached out to the Whittakers to ask what their next plans are.

“I have a few ideas of what I’d like to do next, but that’s so far away at this point that I can’t even wrap my brain around it,” Ryan Whittaker says. “Right now the only plan is to take care of the kids for a while.”

Whittaker says that with all of the growth coming to the west side of the river, it was time for 116 to grow again, but he didn’t want to go back to 60-hour weeks. 

As far as plans for the future of 116, Free Times has reached out to the new ownership and will report on changes as we receive more information.

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