Columbia restaurateur Kristian Niemi plans to open a "high-end steak and seafood house" next year at Brookland, the $40 million mixed-use development planned for a four-acre site at State and Meeting streets near the Gervais Street bridge in West Columbia.
The restaurant will occupy approximately 5,500 square feet on the ground floor of the office building at Brookland development, which will be closest to State Street. He has not publicly released the eatery’s name.
"Because that piece of property dips down toward the river, we'll be up elevated up pretty high so we'll have a mezzanine and our view will look directly straight across the Gervais Street Bridge up into the city," Niemi said. "It will be a stunning view."
The restaurant will order meat directly from Chicago's Consumer Meat Packing Co.
"For being a state capital and for the number of people we bring to town, there isn't a high-end steakhouse here serving the quality of beef that we'll be serving," Niemi said. "It will definitely take the steak game up another level in this city."
Niemi is targeting a late 2017 opening date for the steakhouse.