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Niemi to create rooftop bar to overlook Congaree

Columbia restaurateur Kristian Niemi has announced plans to open a rooftop restaurant and bar atop the Brookland development overlooking the Congaree River.
Columbia restaurateur Kristian Niemi has announced plans to open a rooftop restaurant and bar atop the Brookland development overlooking the Congaree River. Photo provided.

Columbia chef and restaurateur Kristian Niemi has announced plans to open a rooftop restaurant and bar atop the Brookland development overlooking the Congaree River.

Black Rooster will be a French-inspired restaurant for Niemi and will inspired by French brasseries and bistros. It will feature open, high ceilings and will overlook the river with views of downtown Columbia, including the setting sun.

Black Rooster originated as a pop-up dinner at 701 Whaley three years ago, but until now, Niemi had not come across an appropriate location for a restaurant.

“When I saw the space, I immediately knew the Black Rooster had found its spot,” Niemi said. “I’ve been craving a French place for years. Like all my other places, this is another selfish endeavor I hope everyone loves, too.”

Black Rooster will be separate from Niemi’s two previously announced restaurant plans -- one for a steak house and one for a restaurant on North Main to be named NoMa Revival. Niemi also owns the popular Bourbon whiskey bar and Cajun-Creole restaurant at 1214 N. Main St.

Social media handles for Black Rooster can be found @BlackRoosterSC on Twitter and IG.

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