Grill Marks set to bring specialty burgers to Vista this fall

One of the first retailers in the former City Market antique mall on Gervais Street is bringing the specialty burger concept to Columbia this fall. Grill Marks is expanding into the Vista this August.

Grill Marks serves up burgers, fries, milkshakes and an assortment of appetizers (photo by Larkin Restaurants).

Grill Marks serves up burgers, fries, milkshakes and an assortment of appetizers. (photo by Larkin Restaurants)

“Grill Marks is what we call a ‘sophisticated burger joint,’ ” said Liz Buchanan, director of marketing for Larkin’s Restaurants, which owns Grill Marks.

The Greenville-based establishment comes from the minds of husband-and-wife duo Mark and Larkin Hammond. The Hammond’s opened the first Grill Marks in September of 2012.

The restaurant offers a custom blended burger that guests can customize or choose from more than a dozen options ranging from including the Hawaiian Punch topped with a grilled pineapple or the South of the Border that comes with avocado, black beans and corn salsa.

The restaurant also serves up milkshakes, desserts and appetizers, and the menu features turkey burgers and is 95 percent gluten free.

Grill Marks will be coming to The Vista this August (photo by Larkin Restaurants).

Grill Marks will be coming to the Vista this August. (photo by Larkin Restaurants)

“We decided to expand to Columbia after much research but mainly from customer feedback forms we put in our check presenters at the restaurant,” Buchanan said. “Columbia was the number one location from our feedback other than another location in Greenville.”

Grill Marks will be housed in a 5,000-square-foot space seating roughly 150 people. Buchanan said the staff will consist of about 50 employees. The company is looking for management for the Columbia location, but officials said the majority of hiring will be conducted in June and July.

More information about the restaurant can be found online.

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