Food & Drink

New diner to bring 1950s flair to Columbia

The Hampton Street Diner will open Nov. 20, 2017, serving breakfast and lunch.
The Hampton Street Diner will open Nov. 20, 2017, serving breakfast and lunch. smardis@thestate.com

For those folks who have missed Nathan’s restaurant at 1840 Hampton St., near downtown Columbia, here’s good news: The Hampton Street Diner will open Monday, Nov. 27, in the old Nathan’s location, serving breakfast and lunch weekdays 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

Diner owner Christina Suvarna has tried to create a 1950s feel in the diner, reusing as many of the original chrome tables and chairs from Nathan’s as possible and reupholstering the booths. She says the staff will be decked out in soda jerk outfits — including bow ties and hats — and music from the era will continue the theme.

Survana, who most recently operated the HEMI Food Truck Court on Meeting Street in West Columbia, plans to serve traditional diner fare with a Southern influence at the restaurant.

In addition to a mix of pancakes, french toast and sandwiches for breakfast, she says, “there will be a grits smorgasbord, with just about everything available that you can add to grits.”

Lunch will feature burgers, salads, BLTs, Philly cheese steaks and Coney Island hot dogs and the dessert menu will include shakes, malts and root beer floats. Delivery available within a mile-and-a-half radius of the diner should cover most of downtown Columbia, including Five Points and Vista locations.

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