Eat, Drink and Be Merry

What's New 2017

whats newAll that traveling across Columbia County can cause people to work up an appetite, and those who have been hungry for more restaurants have their plates full.

Papa John’s has opened in the Market Place at Riverwood, a strip center with more than 23,500 square feet of space that is under construction next to Riverwood Town Center. The Flying Biscuit is slated to locate in the shopping center as well. 

The old Evans Diner location also will be the site of Chicken Salad Chick, which is under construction. The diner building was moved to Waynesboro in February, and the owners opened The Flippin’ Egg in the former ShoChin’s Chinese Kitchen building on Washington Road in Evans. Chicken Fingers opened this summer in The Shoppes at Blue Ridge.

In the Grovetown area, Culver’s, which features hamburgers, sandwiches and frozen custard, opened on Gateway Boulevard last winter. The locally owned Diablo’s Southwest Grill, as well as Chick-fil-A and Dairy Queen, have opened locations in the Gateway area as well.

An Aldi grocery store opened its doors in June, and a free-standing Starbucks and McAlister’s Deli also are slated to come to the area. In addition, Your Pie, a pizza restaurant, is scheduled to open on Meridian Drive in November. 

In the past year, a new Sonic Drive-In opened in the city of Grovetown at the corner of Whiskey and Wrightsboro roads, and a Walmart Neighborhood Market opened on Wrightsboro Road in May.

In addition, Pelican’s SnoBalls, which sells shaved ice with gourmet flavors, opened its doors on East Robinson Avenue in March. A new Spirit Food Mart, slated for construction at Robinson Avenue and Harlem-Grovetown Road in 2018, is in the planning and development stages. Java House opened on North Louisville Road in Harlem in December.