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Downtown welcomes Main Street Public House restaurant

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Downtown Columbia welcomed its newest neighbor today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Main Street Public House, a casual restaurant that’s has moved into the iconic McCrory’s building at Taylor and Main.

“We’re excited to welcome our new downtown neighbors,” said Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, who officiated the ceremony at 1556 Main. “Downtown and the Central Business District have seen exceptional growth and development, and we are excited to see the trend continue."

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin (center) cuts the ribbon at the Main Street Public House's grand opening on Thursday. (Photo/Chuck Crumbo)Benjamin noted that the Main Street Public House is located catty-corner to Mast General Store, which is credited with kicking off the redevelopment surge on Main Street when it opened in 2011 in the former Lourie’s storefront.

John Stubing, general manager of the Main Street Public House, said the 6,000-square-foot restaurant specializes in casual cuisine and serves lunch, dinner and brunch on Saturday and Sunday. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

The restaurant is owned by the same company that operates the King Street Public House in downtown Charleston.

The Columbia location launched with a soft opening a week ago and already has had a couple of nights where patrons experienced a two-hour wait, Stubing said.

“We want to give the public what they want,” Stubing said.

The restaurant offers about two dozen beers on tap and a menu featuring casual cuisine, New York-style pizza, and in-house, freshly made soups and salads, plus sandwiches. Russell Eckley is the executive chef.

John Stubing is the Main Street Public House general manager. (Photo/Chuck Crumbo)Live music will be featured each weekend, starting Friday with the Nick Clyburn Band, Stubing said. The restaurant will try to focus on popular local and regional bands, he said.

The restaurant has about 60 employees, Stubing said.

The building is owned by M and T LLC, a company affiliated with Cohn Construction. The restaurant is located on the ground floor of the approximately 30,000-square-foot, three-story building. 

Reach Chuck Crumbo at 803-726-7542.

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