Cantina Margarita & Tequila Bar, 132 S. Ninth Street, 

Nic Parks recently opened Cantina Margarita & Tequila Bar next door to another one of his businesses, Silverball. Cantina features more than fifty flavors of margaritas and an array of tequila to choose from. The building formerly housed Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, but now features a sleek and earthy design inside with leather couches and greenery. Its opened Friday and Saturday nights at 10 PM and is available to rent out.

Bud’s BBQ, 304 S. Ninth Street,

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The spaces where Ingredient and Pickleman’s once were on Ninth Street in downtown Columbia have remained empty since their closure, but now, a new restaurant is set to open in those spaces this summer. Bud’s BBQ will be the newest addition to Columbia’s dining scene. Follow along on social media for updates. 

Big Mama’s Cafe, 3510 Interstate 70 Dr SE,

Tucked away next to I-70, Big Mama’s Cafe recently opened in Columbia. The diner offers classic breakfast meals, weekly specials, and lunch and dinner. On Friday, indulge in all-you-can-eat catfish or try a breakfast combo.

Last Flight Brewing Company, 738 Heisinger Rd, Jefferson City,

Located about thirty minutes from Columbia, Last Flight Brewing Company opened in March in the heart of Jefferson City. The brewery is open every day, except for Monday and offers a variety of beer on tap, outdoor seating, and events, such as trivia night throughout the week.