Guests will enjoy a beautiful lunch prepared by executive chef Wes Fulmer with open bar during this once-in-a-lifetime event, with a dedicated viewing area in the Motor Supply parking lot, right in the heart of the Congaree Vista district — just 2 blocks from the historic S.C. State House. Guests can come and go between the dining room and the parking lot to watch the partial eclipse move toward totality and then enjoy the grand spectacle of 2 minutes and 36 seconds of 100% total solar eclipse in the company of fellow food and drink enthusiasts. Four major hotels, the Hilton, the Hyatt Place, the Hampton Inn and Aloft are within 2-3 blocks of the restaurant.
Named “Best Restaurant” in all three major Columbia, S.C. readers’ polls last year. Motor Supply Co. Bistro has been serving fresh, local and diverse dishes in the heart of the historic Congaree Vista since 1989. Executive chef Wesley Fulmer, who worked in the kitchens of James Beard award-winning restaurants August in New Orleans and Susanna Foo in Philadelphia, works with his team to create an ever-changing menu offering diners something new and delicious every time they come through the door. The menu reflects an eclectic blend of contemporary American, French, Italian and Asian cuisines, with ingredients from local, sustainable farms, house-made stocks, sauces, desserts and charcuterie, and house-butchered and smoked meats. While the menu, artisan cocktails, craft beers and select wines are of the highest quality, there are no white tablecloths here. The ambience and dress code are casual, with a covered outdoor patio with roll-up door and tables made from reclaimed barn wood, and a historic wooden bar manned by Josh Streetman, one of the top cocktail masters in the state.