It no longer has a view of the lake, but Columbia's Lakeside Cafe & Deli has made its long-awaited return to downtown Columbia.
The cafe and deli, a local favorite, reopened this month inside 70 Corporate Center at 1100 Broken Land Parkway, inside a 1,600-square-foot space. The deli's owners, Michael and Min So, signed a 10-year lease.
“It has been a long process with unforeseen delays,” Michael said. “But now we are back in business and hope to see our old friends and customers at our new location very soon.”
For years, the Lakeside was inside the American City Building and overlooked Lake Kittamaqundi and the downtown Columbia lakefront, the community's prime gathering place.
The business moved out of the building, owned by the Howard Hughes Corp, in December 2013. Its current building is also owned by Howard Hughes.
“We are extremely pleased to have Lakeside finally open at 70 Corporate Center,” said John DeWolf, senior vice president, development, for Howard Hughes. “I am confident that Mike and Min will be very successful in their new space.”
Michael said he was happy in the new space, but that it took longer than expected. The Mins had planned to move in March. He added that he hopes to incorporate the lake through some art.
Candace Pollack, of Columbia, said she began going to Lakeside eight years ago when she had one child. Now the mother of three said frequenting the deli has become a family affair.
"My son always called it the cookie shop because the first day we came in, Min gave him a cookie," she said. "From then on it became 'the cookie shop' and we became weekly visitors."
She said she likes coming to Lakeside because of the small-town atmosphre it provides.
"We always liked coming to Lakeside for Min, and for the food, but mostly for the atmosphere and the staff. It's all-around perfect package," she said.