West Columbia and mayor working through coronavirus challenges

Developing a strategy to deal with the coronavirus crisis is a challenge to all, including West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles.

And with the closing of all in-dining at restaurants, many West Columbia businesses are reacting to best-serve their customers.

“I just hope everyone takes it seriously,” said Miles. “It may not affect you personally, but it’s important to limit face-to-face contact as much as possible.” Miles also said to make sure you consider those who are most-vulnerable to the dangers of the coronavirus.

West Columbia Mayor Tem Miles

Miles said the city is taking into consideration the Centers for Disease Control  recommendations on social distancing. He also said the city will practice the measures being taken across the nation to limit contact, including travel bans, school closures, quarantines, and event cancellations. Access to public buildings and customer service is being  restricted in West Columbia, while payments are being taken over the phone or online.

On Tuesday, the City of West Columbia announced the opening of the Meeting Street Artisan Market has been postponed and so has Kinetic Derby Day,  until further notice.

“We’re not taking the coronovirus lightly,” said Miles. “It is with great pause that we are taking these steps.” He said city planners are monitoring federal recommendations and making following the most-recent updates.

West Columbia is altering its sanitation collection schedule and suspending special pick-ups. Municipal traffic court dates have been pushed back from March and April to April and May.
Miles said it is also important to protect city employees who deal with the public. And the city will limit contact as much as possible.

Cafe Strudel on State Street

Miles it the crisis has affected his family personally. “My wife is home-schooling our three children.” He said his paralegal at the Miles Law Firm has had her March 28, wedding cancelled by the venue that was holding it. “It’s tough right now,” said Miles.
But he offered words of encouragement.

“I have no doubt we’ll bounce back from this,” said Miles. “We ‘re a resilient community. The question is when? We’ll just have to wait and see.”
 West Columbia businesses are reacting to the coronavirus crisis too.

Restaurants react
The coronavirus has also resulted in the closing of in-dining services at all South Carolina restaurants by order of Gov. Henry McMaster.

But there are several West Columbia restaurants offering pick-up service and delivery of meals. Some of those restaurants are included below. 

Grecian Gardens Restaurant  –  2312 Sunset Blvd – 803-794-7552
Grecian Gardens Restaurant is offering curbside pickup through its app or online greciangardenssc.com. 794-7552 – Park in the front, call and have your order brought out to you.

Cafe Strudel – 300 State St.  – 803 – 926-5255
Cafe Strudel West Columbia  is offering take out and delivery! Call in your order and Cafe Strudel will bring it out to your car. For larger orders Cafe Strudel  will deliver. Cafe Strudel also partners with Bite Squad for delivery.

Compton’s Kitchen – 1118 B Ave – 803 791-0750
Compton’s Kitchen will be open for carryout orders only. Pick up orders may be placed by phone or delivery orders may be placed through Door Dash or Uber Eats.

Zesto – 504 12th St. – 794- 4652
All orders are to go- call in and order or order on site- and pick it up.

Nick’s House of Pizza Restaurant- 1082 A Sunset Blvd – 803-794-9240
Nick’s House of Pizza is open for curbside pick-up and take out.

DeLuccas 1720 Sunset Blvd. – 803- 926-5255
Call in your order and DeLucca’s staff will bring it out to your car. DeLucca’s will delivered your order too.  

Ariana’s Greek Restaurant – 1720 Sunset Blvd. – (803) 796-4430
Call in order and pick up and Bite Squad Delivery

Lizard’s Thicket – 2234 Sunset Blvd. 803 – 794-0923
Lizard’s Thicket  offers Curbside Pick-Up and the Drive-Thru is open and ready to serve you beginning at 6 a.m. for breakfast, lunch or supper.

True BBQ – 1237 D Ave – (803) 791-9950
Call in order and pick up

Jin Jin Chinese Restaurant – 469 Sunset Blvd. (803) 739-8888
Call in order and pick up

Rush’s 2332 Sunset Blvd. – (803) 796-5034

Local businesses that are also open:
State Street Trading Company – 134 State Street,
West Columbia (803) 550-9048

Three Oaks Florist and Interiors – 142 State Street-
West Columbia – (803) 834-3545

Spa 131  – 131 State St – West Columbia – (803) 251-9400

Stone Boot Company – 807 Meeting St. – West Columbia – (803) 529-6248

Compton’s Carry-out service


  1. Thanks Terry!! Appreciate you and all you do!

  2. Angel Gerena says:

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