Primal Gourmet opened its doors Monday in the former McGee Auction building at 725 Meeting St.

Primal Gourmet is a lunch and dinner spot right now, but that is expected to change said Customer Service Relations Manager Easton Jackson.

“Our soft opening was Monday,” she said. “We’re open from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. for now, but we expect to extend those hours at some point in the future.”

Jackson said Primal Gourmet sells Loveland Coffee, and she anticipates the restaurant being open in the morning hours so customers can come by and get a cup of coffee before work.

Primal Gourmet cafe offers: the option to choose items for your own healthy lunch or dinner. The restaurant also features freshly made gluten-free products. The building has been remodeled and there is room for cooking demonstrations and classes; and community and educational events.

Jackson also touted Primal Gourmet’s market. It includes fresh produce, meats, seafood, dry goods, most all of it local. All of the products in the market are from South Carolina. The local products are used in all of the restaurant’s cooked food, and it’s for sale to take out.

The coffee is very local, too. In the summer of 2016, Irmo’s Beach Loveland launched his own roastery, where he roasts small batched, single origin, certified fair trade organic coffee. That is the coffee sold at Primal Gourmet.

There is an Irmo location of Primal Gourmet, but the West Columbia facility will be the company’s headquarters of sorts.

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