For diners who prefer to stray from the traditional Southern menu, Columbia County has two new ethnic-dining choices.
Kinki Sushi, a Japanese sushi bar, has opened at 4017 Columbia Road in Columbia Plaza behind Columbia Square.
"Everything is prepared fresh, all of the sushi," owner Tracy Samaroo said.
The restaurant offers a large selection of sushi, sashimi, salad, teriyaki and hibachi meals, 28 kinds of beer and wine, and 47 varieties of norimaki rolls, or egg rolls.
Samaroo, a native of Guyana in South America, said that in warmer temperatures, tables will be set up for outdoor dining.
The restaurant is open at 11 a.m. Monday through Friday and at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
People who enjoy dining out will soon be able to add Emashiya Korean BBQ to the menu.
The restaurant, at 4001 Columbia Road, also in Columbia Plaza, is being renovated. Mihyon Blackburn, the manager, said she hopes it will be open soon.
"We use the finest ingredients for great flavor to our traditional Korean food," Blackburn said.
The menu features traditional cuisine including bulgogi, rice and kimchi. Though individual meals will be available, many will be served family-style -- with large platters of the main and side dishes to be shared by those at the table.
"It is different than any other barbecue," Blackburn said.
The restaurant offers a dining room, two small party or meeting rooms, and a large gathering room for private functions, Blackburn said.
When it opens for business, the restaurant's hours will be from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon until 10 p.m. Sunday.
For diners who enjoy more American foods, another Zaxby's is expected to open in February, according to owner George Duehring.
The restaurant is under construction at 3029 William Few Parkway near Washington Road. Duehring and his wife, Rosemary, opened their first Zaxby's in Martinez in 1995. They also own and operate the Zaxby's on Ronald Reagan Drive in Evans and two in Augusta.
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