Thanksgiving is coming up, so of course one thinks about what one is thankful for. But one also might think of what one WOULD be thankful for, if it happened. With that in mind, I thought we could talk about the kinds of restaurants we would be thankful to see open in Columbia, SC. Perhaps some enterprising potential restaurateur will take us up on our suggestions.
I'll start things off with one suggestion, and maybe chime in with some others at a later time:
Jewish-style Deli. (Kosher is probably too much to ask for.) There's a surprising number of Jews in Columbia, plus transplants from up north, so a restaurant like this has a built-in constituency and could grow from there. As far as I know, decent pastrami and corned beef are nowhere to be found in Columbia. Good pickles, knishes, potato pancakes, etc. And since it wouldn't necessarily be Kosher, there could be a wide range of dishes on offer for broad appeal.