Basil, the highly popular Thai food restaurant in metro Charleston and Charlotte, will add a fourth location in Columbia by October.
The 3,250-square-foot restaurant will be in the new Whole Foods-anchored Cross Hill Market shopping center at 700 Cross Hill Road at the juncture of Devine Street and Fort Jackson Boulevard.
Owned by brothers Henry and Chai Eang, the new Thai venue will join others in downtown Charleston, Mount Pleasant and Charlotte. The Eangs are former Cambodian refugees who survived the Khmer Rouge's genocide under rebel leader Pol Pot in the late 1970s. They opened their first restaurant on King Street in 2001.
The new 100-seat restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner and include a 1,250-square-foot outdoor patio space for an additional 45 patrons.
"I believe the overwhelming consensus among our customers is that Basil is not your average Asian or Thai restaurant," said Chai Eang, co-owner of Basil. "We offer a high quality, full-service menu that is rich in flavor and a restaurant that offers a complete dining experience."
Basil joins Cross Hill Market's other recently announced retailers that include Charleston Cooks!; Nadeau Furniture; M Boutique; Hand & Stone Massage and Facial; American Roadside Burger and Jamie Scott Fitness.