New Cafe, Latest Business to Open Doors at Five Points > Columbia Business Report


A new restaurant at Five Points serves up all-day breakfast and a positive vibe with a side of homemade apple butter.

The Flying Biscuit Cafe, located at 936 Harden St., opened at 7 a.m. Monday and celebrated its grand opening with a ceremony later that morning that included Columbia Mayor Daniel Rickenmann, other leaders of the city and members of the Five Points business community.

“We welcome more investment into Five Points, which is becoming a major hotel district,” said Columbia City Councilman Will Brennan. “We are proud to grow the economy here with this wonderful restaurant.”

The new restaurant is owned by John Robert Barth and Kevin White, who have both worked in restaurants in the past and were looking to bring something different to Five Points.

“We were looking for a franchise because we love the restaurant industry, and we chose Flying Biscuit because we loved the food, the vibe and the atmosphere,” Barth said.

Rickenmann said the restaurant’s opening is further proof of Columbia’s welcoming attitude toward small business.

“We are proud to bring this incredible brand to Columbia with a perfect location in the heart of Five Points,” said Rickenmann.

Flying Biscuit Cafe started in the Candler Park neighborhood of Atlanta in 1993 and now has over 25 locations in Georgia, the Carolinas, Florida and Texas. In South Carolina, the restaurant also has locations in Mount Pleasant and Greenville.

The all-day breakfast is a big part of Flying Biscuit’s appeal, but the menu also includes a wide variety of other dishes, including burgers, salads, and sandwiches.

Unsurprisingly, the cookies are a signature offering. Homemade every day, Barth said Flying Biscuit locations typically go through an average of 5,000 a week. They’re often served topped with homemade apple butter to the chain’s own recipe.

Barth said other menu offerings include stuffed French toast, shrimp and grits, and chicken sausage.

White noted that the menu also has options for diners with different dietary preferences and needs, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free selections.

The interior of Flying Biscuit is spacious with a relaxed atmosphere. Two bright murals along one side wall depict a field of flowers and Columbia icons such as the Statehouse and the University of South Carolina’s mascot Cocky.

Barth and White said they also plan to offer live music and other activities in the future.

The Flying Biscuit Cafe’s hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Contact Christina Lee Knauss at 803-753-4327.


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