Ridgeway Names New Tenant for Restaurant

RIDGEWAY – During the first reading of the 2013-2014 budget at last week’s Council meeting, Ridgeway Mayor Charlene Herring noted that revenues for the Town were projected to be lower than last year. A lot, she said, depended on whether or not Council could find a tenant for the vacant Old Town Hall restaurant building, which would bring the Town $800 a month in rental fees.

Only minutes later, following an executive session, Council voted unanimously to approve a new lease for the restaurant to Vesha Sanders of Columbia. Sanders owns and operates a catering company, Edie’s Event Planning, out of an office on Main Street in Blythewood and has owned restaurants in Arizona and Orangeburg. Sanders said she hopes to have the Old Town Hall Restaurant open in the next month, serving lunch Tuesday – Friday and lunch and dinner Friday and Saturday, featuring Southern cuisine.

With the lease of the restaurant, Ridgeway expects to operate with a balanced general fund budget of $198,550 in revenues and expenses and a balanced water and sewer fund of $337,632 in the coming year.