Aiken woman looks to open new eatery

If everything goes well, a South Carolina woman intends to build a new restaurant at the intersection of Hwy. 25 and Gresham Road.

The Burke County Planning Commission approved a request May 24 submitted by Lorie Jean Day and Brandon Moak for a zoning amendment to a 5-acre parcel from A1 agricultural to general commercial. Now, the sale of the property to Kathy Livingston is contingent upon the Board of Commissioners’ approval.

Livingston, a nurse anesthetist from Aiken, said she is hoping to construct the restaurant next year. This will be her first endeavor in the food industry. She said she hopes to develop her own recipes and have a good time pursuing her dream. Although she will have a partner, she will be the primary owner, she said.

“We were looking at different areas that are underserved as far as choices in different places to eat,” she said of her reason for picking the Burke County location. “I grew up in a small town and we just really liked that area. There are not many choices of places to eat between Waynesboro and Augusta.”

The future establishment does not have a name yet, however Livingston anticipates the restaurant will offer a fast-casual environment. Customers will order their food at a counter and then sit in a dining area to eat. Livingston said she will focus heavily on ice cream, offering a variety of sundaes and milkshakes. She will look to local farmers for menu-related ingredients.

“We are looking to incorporate the area’s produce and farm products,” she said. “I think it will be a nice addition to the community. It will be a place where families can go. We will not serve alcohol at all. We will be family-oriented.”

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