You can get burgers, burritos, waffles, cookies or bacon after a long night in Five Points, but what’s that thing you really want?
Doughnuts. It’s doughnuts.
And soon, you might be able to get them on your way home from the bars or pick them up freshly made on your way to work the next morning.
A specialty doughnut shop is being planned for Five Points, across the street from Food Lion, next door to El Burrito and the Waffle House. Former state Commerce Secretary Joe Taylor owns the property at 926 Harden St. and has been unable to sell it, so he and his business partner, Emile DeFelice, decided to make a go of their own business there.
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They have been granted a special exception by the city of Columbia’s Board of Zoning Appeals to establish a drive-through facility at the 690-square-foot building, which will really be a drive-up and pickup window, said DeFelice, who helped found the downtown Soda City farmers market.
There will be no window for placing orders. Rather, DeFelice said he expects to have some sort of at-home ordering method, possibly a smartphone app. Plans for the building also include an indoor service counter and small dining area and an outdoor patio and seating area.
“What kind of doughnuts?” DeFelice said in answer to a question at Tuesday’s BoZA meeting about what the shop will serve. “Delicious!” They’ll use their own recipes in the shop, he said.
The partners are still waiting for all their building and business permits to come through and declined to discuss further details at the moment.