West Columbia, SC (WLTX) - A long-time West Columbia restaurant is making a move down the street. Café Strudel has expanded and the owners are hoping that a new hot spot will take over their old space, breathing even more life into the State Street scene.
"We've just designed it to try and make things a lot easier, that we can prep food, get food out faster to the customer. The kitchen is, I don't even know, four times bigger!" laughs owner Marila Turbyfill. Café Strudel, owned by she and her husband Trip, has been a State Street staple since 1997. "We started out with pastries, coffees, teas and sandwiches," she says.
Their new spot, just down the street from their old home, is bigger and brighter. "We've always had a coffee bar. Ninety-nine percent of the people love it, because you can get your own coffee, help yourself," Marila explains as she walks around the new space.
It wasn't always an easy process. "We've always wanted to buy something in the area and a couple of things came open here and there and that's when the bottom dropped out of the economy," Marila explains. It's a reality business owners have been dealing with for several years now.
But when this spot came open, they didn't let anything stop them. "Cause it's something we've been wanting to do for so long that once we made the decision, everything started working out and everything kept rolling," she says.
She hopes it will continue rolling for other buildings on her State Street home. "A lot of new people have come in with a lot of new businesses, really, really good restaurants. Ed's Editions, a bookstore, is there as a staple in the community. We're hoping to see more development in the future. We've been to many council meetings," Marila explains, "You know, people would say, 'Well, why do you want to open a coffee shop next to an existing coffee shop?' But, the more the merrier, I think. The more that's here, it makes for a better, more vital community."
Café Strudel is now re-open for business, but they're celebrating their grand opening on October 3rd.