Laurent Prescelti, the French entrepreneur who brought Crepes and Croissants to Sumter Street in Columbia, is set to open a new cafe-style breakfast and lunch restaurant in the River District. The Hideout will feature espresso drinks, salads, croissant sandwiches, tartines, and quiches.
The restaurant's variety of options will all be authentic. “All my ingredients will be genuine,” Prescelti said. “I use fresh fruit, not syrups, to flavor my dishes."
He is working with Crust Bakehouse on Rosewood Drive for bread and his chocolate will come from Columbia-based Evolution Through Chocolate.
A second floor is currently being finished to allow private gatherings and should be ready sometime this spring, according to Prescelti. Also under construction will be a patio in the back of the building allowing diners to enjoy their meals outdoors.
The area around The Hideout on State Street and nearby Gervais Street is characterized by many elegant restaurants and Prescelti, a native of Marseilles, brings more than 20 years of experience serving in an upscale atmosphere.
Getting DHEC approval for permits and hiring staff are the last two pending factors to meet his targeted opening of Dec. 10, but he is confident he will remain on track.
The Hideout is located at 118 State St., West Columbia. There is parking in the back of the restaurant and on State Street itself. Hours will be 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.