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Popular downtown Columbia restaurant to relocate temporarily

Hospitality and Tourism
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A popular downtown restaurant that has been a Columbia staple since 1907 will be relocating temporarily in March.

Drake’s Duck-in, known for its chicken sandwiches, burgers and other items, will be moving to a vacant restaurant space at 1840 Hampton St., according to a restaurant employee.

The relocation is necessary because of renovations taking place at the restaurant’s current location in a historic building at 1544 Main St.

The upstairs space of the building is being converted to hotel rooms as part of Hotel Trundle’s Flutter Wing expansion. Renovations to Drake’s Duck-in will include a new kitchen and dining area and new sprinkler system.

An exact date for Drake’s temporary move has not been determined yet.

Drake’s Duck-in started at a location on Elmwood Avenue in 1907 delivering meals to mill workers. It has occupied a variety of spaces on Main Street for the past 50 years.

Christina Lee Knauss is a contributing writer for SC Biz News.

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