Upscale burger bar coming to Forest Acres

Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

A new business development in Forest Acres is getting its first tenant.

Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar is opening its first Columbia location in the Cardinal Crossing development, the restaurant chain confirmed to The State.

When the upscale burger chain opens the first week of October, it will be the first business to open on the site of the old Cardinal Newman School on Forest Drive.

Bad Daddy’s CEO Boyd Hoback described the restaurant as a full-service, family-oriented bar with a made-from-scratch menu and an assortment of local microbrews on tap. Hoback said the company is in talks with Columbia-area brewers to fill out the selection.

The burger bar started in Charlotte in 2007, and now has 35 locations in six states, including two restaurants in Greenville. Hoback said the chain also plans to open a location at Nexton Square in Summerville in September.

Cardinal Crossing will offer a mix of commercial and residential uses on the former site of the Catholic high school, which moved to northeast Richland County in 2016.

Gianna Dinuzzo, food blogger and recipe creator for Ooooby Fresno, created this recipe for easy black bean burgers after her roommate stopped eating meat in the new year.

Bristow Marchant is currently split between covering Richland County and the 2020 presidential race. He has more than 10 years’ experience covering South Carolina. He won the S.C. Press Association’s 2015 award for Best Series on a toxic Chester County landfill fire, and was part of The State’s award-winning 2016 election coverage.