Columbia’s design board approves mid-size music venue at Tin Roof in the Vista

ccope@thestate.comDecember 12, 2013 

— The city’s design board has approved plans to renovate a vacant warehouse and turn it into a new music venue and beer garden in downtown Columbia.

The project, a partnership between the Tin Roof restaurant in the Vista and Music Farm, a concert venue based out of Charleston, will bring a mid-size music spot to Columbia.

All Tin Roof restaurants have a small stage, said John Griffin, general manager of the Tin Roof on Senate Street, between the State House and the convention center. But the partnership with Music Farm, which he said is a “reputable group,” is a first and will bring a much larger stage and a much larger crowd.

The live music location will hold approximately 1,200 people once the warehouse structure at the rear of the current Tin Roof is renovated.

The proximity to the University of South Carolina can draw a variety of fans, said Trae Judy, one of the owners of Music Farm in Charleston, which he said draws a diverse crowd that ranges from soccer moms to college students.

The approved design plans include a ticket booth, new awnings, modification to some windows and the redesigning of three parking lots.

Construction should start shortly after the first of the year, said Steve Akers with The Innovations Group, an architectural firm based out of Franklin, Tenn.

After the Design Development Review Commission approved the plans, Judy said he felt fantastic and “ready for our first show.”

Reach Cope at (803) 771-8657.

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