The Downtown Concert Series kicks off again this Friday with Big Woody and the Splinters… The series is one of my favorite things to do in Columbus Ga as it is great for all ages. The streets are blocked off on Broadway so that kids can play and Adults can relax in chairs, have a beverage, and enjoy the music. The local restaurants enjoy strong sales but you can just bring a picnic and not spend any money of you want. Just a great time for all ages.
Q: Drew, you told me that you and your mom started the Crepe Myrtle. Could you tell me a little about that and how ya’ll came up with the concept??
A: The Crepe Myrtle in The Landings was started in Columbus, Ga in December 2011. I will be graduating from Auburn in May, looking for a job. I have always been interested in cooking and the restaurant industry. My mom was in Atlanta, and fell in love with the concept she stumbled upon while at The Atlanta Market. We were consulted by the company in Atlanta. My mom and I worked hard, researched everything we could think of and started the company from the ground up. We learn everyday new ways to better cater to our guests.
My family has been involved in family businesses my entire life. My dad owns Xpress Printing for 35 years, and my mom has started an arts and craft lesson business, as well as a Bible Verse Pillow case Business, Tadah is the name. Therefore, I have always wanted to start my own business and grow it large enough to provide for my family. With the help of my parents, we were able to invest the money needed to start the restaurant that is unique to Columbus GA.
Q: What makes the Crepe Myrtle different from other restaurants in Columbus?
A: Crepe Myrtle focuses on fresh ingredients. Everyday the vegetables and meats (steak and white meat chicken) are cut and cooked in order to create meals with the best possible ingredients. Each meal is prepared for the individual customer, not held warm all day. We are unique to Columbus being the only crepe restaurant in town. Our focus as a company is the customer and providing them with the best customer service will be a huge advantage of Crepe Myrtle. Our mission as a company is to provide our customers with a relaxing, delicious meal by providing the best customer service. Our employees take pride in the company we are creating together and share their love for life through the interactions with our guests.
Q: What are your future plans for the Restaurant?
A: The future of Crepe Myrtle is to eventually grow to become a regionally know restaurant that could have other locations. The other locations would be in towns similar to Columbus within Georgia or Alabama. Trying to keep the small, personal feel and great food will be the main goal for future restaurants.
The absolute ultimate goal would be to franchise hundreds of stores, but for now that is too far down the road.
Q: What else do we need to know about your business?
A: Crepe Myrtle in The Landings is a family owned and operated restaurant in Columbus, Georgia. Crepe Myrtle sells crepes that are created for the individual guest for lunch and dinner. Our location is in a central shopping center located in a great part of town. Our goal is to offer our customers a “get away from the everyday hustle and bustle” feel, by giving great, personal service and great food.
Thank you for sharing with me Drew! I have sampled the restaurant and was very impressed. You should have also let them know that they can have a glass of wine with their dinner. I for one will be back!!
Columbus Ga will soon be the home of the longest Urban Whitewater Course in the World!! Construction has already begun on a terrific whitewater course for Whitewater Rafting and Whitewater Kayaking in Columbus Georgia.
Instead of camping, enthusiasts can stay in hotels and enjoy great cuisine and nightlife in Downtown Columbus Georgia! It will be a totally different experience.
Lady Antebellum was in town last night along with Darius Rucker and Thompson Square. They rocked the house for a sold out crowd at the Columbus Civic Center! Playing their best music new and old like “I need you now” Lady A did not disappoint. Combined with Darius Rucker who ended with “Purple Rain” the team is pretty unstoppable touring together.
This is Lady A’s first tour where they are the headliners. Just about 5 years ago I saw them open for Jason Aldean in the same Civic Center with it only about half full. It is amazing how far both bands have come in the last 5 years!!
One of the great things about Columbus Georgia is that we get to see great bands like this for a fraction of the price of seeing them in Atlanta at a venue like the Phillips Arena. So it allows us to get great tickets and sit up close and personal for a reasonable price.
Looking to ditch the kitchen for a night out on the town? Check out these local spots to experience some of Columbus’s top-notch cuisine options.
1. Downstairs at the Loft
Whether you’re craving a juicy ribeye, a hearty salad, or an unforgettable burger, it’s hard to go wrong with Downstairs at the Loft. Nestled in the heart of downtown, this hip little joint has made quite the name for itself over the past few years. Owner Tom Jones has put together a menu that’ll please all palettes, as well as all budgets. With its lively atmosphere and its superb service, Downstairs at the Loft tops the list of options for this discerning eater. A word of advice: if you happen to get the unstuffed chicken, you may forever find all other poultry dishes insufficient.
2. The Thai House
While there seems to be a stark divide between those who love this little gem and those who fancy another local Thai place, I’m here to make a case for the former camp. The Thai House offers a quaint and cozy atmosphere with authentic Thai dishes that will invigorate your tastebuds. With a wide selection of always-fresh and always-tasty plates, The Thai House will undoubtedly have you craving more. Try the Gai Pad Peht: you may not pronounce it correctly but you’ll certainly enjoy eating it. And when they ask you if you’d like your entree mild, medium or hot, keep in mind that hot means Hot! You’ve been warned.
3. Ben’s Chophouse
If you’re looking for the perfect place to bring business associates, old friends, or that special someone, look no further than Ben’s Chophouse. This classy yet relaxed steakhouse is the prime spot for any occasion. While it may seem a bit pricey, the quality of their food, drinks, and service are hard to match. And with live music Wednesday through Saturday, and wine-tastings twice a month, you’re sure to have a memorable experience.
Wanting something a bit more exotic; say, Japanese? Try Sushiko. With it’s vast sushi menu and hibachi options, you’re sure to find something to your liking. The service is friendly, fast, and efficient, and the cuisine matches any of the big city/big price alternatives. The just gotta have: Tuna Tataki.
5. Mark’s City Grill
The Jones brothers are obviously doing something right in satisfying the Columbusite’s appetite. Mark Jones, sibling of Tom from the Loft, has taken his recipe for success from the well-known Hunter’s Pub and implanted it into our fair city. At Mark’s City Grill you’ll find a well-rounded menu that has a little bit for everyone. Mark’s offers a collection of southern-themed dishes, each with a unique culinary twist. Whether it’s steak, seafood, poultry, or pork, you’re sure to find something to suit your preference. And whatever you choose, be sure compliment it with the Ritz cracker macaroni and cheese. Believe me, it’ll put your grandma’s to shame.
Come try some of these at and help raise money for the Columbus Symphony at the Toast of the Town
Author: Nicholas Johnston