Snow forecast prompts some Columbia-area restaurants to halt overnight service | Snacks and sips

A forecast of snow and icy road conditions forced many restaurants in Colombia to close on the evening of January 21 and comes as many restaurant owners still grapple with the effects of rising COVID-19 cases. at the beginning of the month.

Coa Agaveria y Cocina, Terra Restaurant and Lula Drake Wine Parlor are some of the places that closed on the evening of January 21 in a bid to keep staff safe and keep customers off the streets. It comes after a winter storm warning was issued for the Midlands until the early morning of January 22.

The National Weather Service currently has Columbia in a winter storm warning until 7 a.m. Jan. 22. The organization is throwing up to three inches of snow and 0.1 inches of ice.

Weekends are among the busiest times for restaurants and with South Carolina Restaurant Week, where restaurants offer special dining deals, ending Jan. 23, the weather is yet another heist. head over the past two years of struggles for restaurateurs and enthusiasts in the city.

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“At the end of the day, it’s a weekend. It’s our two busiest days of the week, Friday and Saturday, so that’s really killing our sales for this week,” said Christian Macias de Coa. The closure of Vista Bar and Restaurant was announced on social media in the late afternoon of January 21.

But some restaurateurs are playing by ear and waiting to see what will happen, after last week’s predicted snowfall never materialized in Colombia.

Chris Davis, co-owner of Hendrix on Main Street as well as several popular Five Points locations, said he leaves the decision up to managers and staff, following what his staff are most comfortable with given the expected conditions. He said the time comes at a time that has already been difficult for businesses.

Other business owners thought the weather would force people to stay home instead of eating out and decided to close to save money and resources.

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“With the weather, we didn’t have a ton of reservations, so it’s like, ‘Is it worth bringing in the staff if we’re not going to rock and roll?'” Mike Davis , owner and chef of Terra in Western Colombia.

Restaurants closed on January 21

Coa Agaveria and Cocina

Lula Drake Wine Lounge

Terra Restaurant

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Editor’s Note: This list will be updated as restaurants announce their plans.

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