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A rundown of restaurants that opened, closed around town

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:41 a.m. CDT, Thursday, August 21, 2014
Employees prepare orders at Shakespeare's downtown pizza restaurant on Aug. 8.

COLUMBIA — A number of restaurants in town either opened or closed while you were away. Here's a rundown of several.

OPENING

1. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, 1412 Forum Blvd.

Columbia isn’t exactly known for barbecue; that’s Kansas City’s thing. But Dickey’s Barbecue Pit opened on June 27 to bring its Texas-style barbecue to mid-Missouri.

Dickey’s is largest barbecue franchise in the country and has earned awards throughout the years such as a Readers' Choice for Best Barbecue, Best Franchise Deal and Top Places to Work.

Dickey’s is located at next to the Break Time gas station on Forum Boulevard.

2. Mi Tierra, 2513 Old 63 S.

Mi Tierra is the phoenix that rose from the ashes of Sky Hi Grill, which closed last spring.

Open in mid-March, Mi Tierra prides itself on having a different menu than other Mexican restaurants and authentic Mexican food.

Mi Tierra used to be La Terraza Mexican Grill. General Manager Andres Garcia said the restaurant moved and changed its name to be closer to the road. The menu from La Terraza has been carried over and expanded, and the staff is the same.

Garcia also said the restaurant aims to cater to the large student population around Old 63. He said the restaurant has 99 cent margaritas on Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and has happy hour every day from 4 to 8 p.m.

Mi Tierra can be found across the street from The Reserve apartment complex.

3. Logboat Brewery, 504 Fay St.

The Logboat Brewery isn't exactly a restaurant, but it's the newest place in town to get craft beer.

Logboat has eight beers on tap, four that rotate seasonally and four core beers that are original recipes for American pale ale, wheat beer, IPA and English mild ale.

The brewery isn't just for beer drinkers. It also offers beer cocktails, wine and non-alcoholic drinks, as well as a yard for games like bocce, croquet and bags.

In the fall, Logboat Brewery plans to start canning beer, increase its total beers on tap to 12 and throw block parties with live music.

Logboat Brewery is near Columbia College.

4. Panda Express, 91 Conley Road

A popular global chain of Chinese buffets is opening its first Columbia location in October. Panda has 1,464 locations in 43 states and Puerto Rico.

The Mandarin- and Szechuan-style cuisine will be available near the IHOP and Sam's Club near Highway 63.

5. Umbria Rustic Italian, 904 Elm St.

Accordingits Yelp description, Umbria specializes in rustic farmhouse Italian food with a variety of appetizers, soups, salads, pizzas, pastas, and entrees paired with a full service bar.

Umbria was created as a collaboration of Columbia chefs to create an Italian restaurant destination in downtown Columbia with a focus on rustic Italian food.

It is in the former location of The Upper Crust Bakery & Cafe, which consolidated its operation to the location on Green Meadows Way.

6. DogMaster Distillery, 210 Saint James St.

This is the latest food and beverage venue in the North Village Arts District. Its selection will ultimately include white liquors — gins, vodkas and white whiskeys — and brown liquors, such as whiskeys and bourbon.

More than half of the space in the 3,000-square-foot building is dedicated to production, with the rest set aside for socializing. The bar is open Thursday through Sunday evenings.

7. Jamba Juice, 10th and Elm streets

The widespread chain store is replacing the Break Time convenience store in the lower level of Brookside Apartments. It opens in August.

Based near San Francisco, Jamba Juice is in a period of expansion, with over 800 locations — many franchise-owned and operated — and a push for 500 more. It is considered a smoothier/juice bar with dozens of flavors and blends.

CLOSED

1. Taqueria El Rodeo: Customers would often describe Taqueria El Rodeo as some of the best Mexican food they’d ever eaten, but would wonder where the clientele was. If you still crave Mexican food, you can try El Maguey on the other side of the parking lot at 901 E Nifong Blvd..

2. Bennigan’s: The Irish pub-themed Bennigan’s next to the Courtyard Marriott off I-63. shut down in April. On the restaurant’s Facebook page, it cites a hotel’s expansion as the reason for the shutdown.

3. Also Fazoli's at 308 S. Ninth St.; Sub Zone at 916 E. Broadway; Mackenzie's Prime, 131 S. Tenth St.; and The Blue Fugue at 120 S. Ninth St.


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