The former Solstice Kitchen space in the northeastern suburb of Colombia has a new tenant to fill it.
It’s been over a year since the owner announced he would not be reopening the upscale restaurant with loyal patrons, which never resumed dining inside after the COVID-19 pandemic closed all restaurants in March 2020.
Coco’s and Beer, a popular Mexican restaurant located on Fort Jackson Boulevard, will open its second outpost where Solstice was located at 841-4 Sparkleberry Lane, near the intersection of Clemson Road.
The turnkey location prompted the owners to open their second restaurant here, NAI Columbia broker Bobby Balboni said in an interview with Free Times.
Coco’s and Beer is owned by brothers Alvaras and Marcos Guadarrama, who also own bakeries and a taqueria in various towns in North Carolina.
Coco’s and Beer is well known for its grilled meat platters, a diverse vegetarian selection, variety of margaritas, and selection of beers. Other nearby restaurants include San Jose Mexican, Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar, and Julia’s German Stammtisch.
The owners said they hope the place will attract a new audience of people looking to stay closer to their homes as they dine more frequently again.
The planned opening date for the second Cocos and Beer will most likely be 2022, once construction and building improvements are complete, they said.
Solstice Kitchen operated for 25 years and was a sister restaurant of Mr. Friendly’s at Five Points. Owner Ricky Mollohan has been a strong advocate for his restaurants on social media, often citing the harsh environment restaurants have had to operate in amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
It briefly experimented with take-out at Solstice and was slated to reopen in fall 2020 before announcing its final closure. In an interview with Free Times in late 2020, he detailed that part of his Solstice space separation agreement involved leaving behind “chairs and tables and major equipment.”