COLUMBIA, SC — Tazza Kitchen will open by mid-July in Trenholm Plaza.
It replaces Cafe Caturra, which closed at the end of May after two years in the popular Forest Acres shopping center, at the corner of Forest Drive and Trenholm Road.
Tazza uses its signature wood-burning ovens and local ingredients to produce menu items including shrimp and crispy polenta or a chorizo-and-peppers sandwich served on a toasted baguette.
“We are committed to using small, artisanal producers and highlighting the best local ingredients whenever possible,” spokesman Derek Bennion said in an emailed response. The menu will shift with the changing seasons, he said.
The restaurant also plans to have a full bar, where it will serve “off-the-beaten-path wines” and locally brewed beers, as well as craft cocktails that complement the food, Bennion said.
The restaurant will be open for dinner only in July, adding a Sunday brunch later.
Prices will range from $5 to $10 for “Starters” or appetizers, to from $9 to $19 for main dishes and $5 to $6 for desserts.
The 3,200-square-foot restaurant, anchored by a rectangular bar in the center, will have an exposed kitchen and a string-lit outdoor patio with a fireplace. It will seat up to 170 people and will employ about 50.
Tazza chose Columbia as the spot to open its third location because of its culture and its proximity to fresh ingredients, Bennion said. Its two other locations are in Raleigh and Henrico, Va.
“Columbia is one of the great cities of the South. We love the energy, culture, and we’ve formed some great relationships with people in the community,” he said. “Most importantly, there are a wealth of great ingredients from farmers, fishers and suppliers very close to the restaurant. We rely on these partnerships.
“The dinner scene in Columbia is often overlooked in favor of cities like Charleston, Greenville, Charlotte and Atlanta, but we hope to change that by providing a consistently great dining experience much closer to home.”