List: New restaurants, businesses opening in Columbus GA

Columbus continues to see new businesses opening around the city, from downtown to the north end, and others are making developments on construction.

Some businesses, though, have closed due to COVID-19 roadblocks or other reasons.

Here’s a roundup of local business developments and openings, including some updates residents might have missed this month.

Downtown bar and grill expected to open soon

A new restaurant on Broadway is expected to open this month.

Agave Bar and Grill, originally expected to open in July, now plans to “open our doors in October,” according to a Facebook post.

The restaurant is at 1110 Broadway, inside a two-story space that was vacant for years. It used to house a jewelry store.

Each dish at Agave Grill is inspired by a different place in Mexico, owners previously told the Ledger-Enquirer.

The Mar Molcajete, for example, includes a variety of seafood. The Tierra Molcajete, created in Tehuacan, Mexico, contains four types of meat: chorizo, steak, grilled chicken and carnitas.

Each drink is crafted by the bartender.

“A lot of the stuff on the menu is stuff that we eat at home when we gather around as a family,” Cynthia Vergara said in May. “ … Even our drinks, they’re all crafted by us.”

New Dollar General in Phenix City

National retailer Dollar General has opened a new location in Phenix City.

The store, now open, is at 3501 Summerville Road. It sells household essentials, including food, cleaning supplies, paper products, over-the-counter medicines, hygiene products and baby items.

Outback Steakhouse moves locations

Outback Steakhouse has closed its location in The Landings and moved to a new space near Academy Sports in north Columbus.

The new spot, at 6714 Whittlesey Blvd., opened August 30.

“We are excited to join the Columbus community and welcome new members to the Outback family with the opening of our newest restaurant,” Scotty Gann, proprietor of the Columbus restaurant, said in a news release.

The new restaurant is 5,668 square feet and features a spacious dining room and a large bar area, accommodating around 227 guests.

The move was “fueled by developments and growth within the area,” according to a company release.

The new location is open daily. Hours are Mondays-Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays-Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Japanese steakhouse closes

A Japanese steakhouse on a high-traffic Columbus road appears to have closed its doors.

Signage has been placed on Shogun’s building at 1808 Manchester Expressway stating a Wasabi restaurant is coming soon.

The parking lot was empty at 11 a.m. Tuesday and the interior appeared to be in a state of clean-out.

The location’s phone number was not in operation when the L-E called Wednesday morning. Roman Cottle, co-owner of Mizu Ramen by Wasabi, didn’t respond to texts or calls.

New store coming to north Columbus shopping center

A new store is coming to a north Columbus shopping center, with plans to open as soon as this month.

Popshelf, a new store concept by Dollar General, has leased the space formerly occupied by Pier 1 Imports at 5555 Whittlesey Blvd., according to a news release from commercial real estate agency Retail Specialists. The store is expected to open inside the 10,000-square-foot space in October.

Popshelf sells home decor, beauty items, cleaning supplies and party goods, with most items costing $5 or less. The company plans to open 50 locations by the end of 2021.

New restaurant opens on 12th Street

The space formerly occupied by Bare Roots Farmacy is receiving new life in the form of fine-cut meats, to-go sandwiches and craft cocktails.

The Animal Farm, 105 12th St., is officially open to the public. The restaurant focuses on house-butchered meats and seasonal local produce.

The lunch menu is more of a fast-casual sandwich shop, meant to appeal to workers trying to get “in and out” on their lunch breaks, according to co-owner Hudson Terrell. For dinner, the restaurant transitions to a casual-fine dining vibe, with an emphasis on shared plates meant for groups of customers.

The Animal Farm is open Tuesdays-Thursdays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. It operates 11 a.m.-3 p.m., and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays.

Historic Columbus mill building was transformed into a hotel. It’s now open

A historic grist mill renovated into a boutique hotel on the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Columbus is now open for business.

City Mills Hotel officially opened Sept. 13.

The initial opening includes half of the hotel — 30 rooms and a breakfast area inside the Mill Building. The hotel, when fully open, will consist of 64 rooms.

Most rooms offer views of the Chattahoochee River and feature exposed brick walls, large windows and retro-style radios.

The City Mills development includes the hotel, a restaurant named Mill House, event space and more. A yoga studio, River Flow Yoga, already has moved into the building full-time.

The remainder of the project is expected to open in spring 2022.

Ledger-Enquirer reporter Joshua Mixon covers business and local development. He’s a graduate of the University of Georgia and owner of the coolest dog, Finn. You can follow him on Twitter @JoshDMixon.

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