Start Your Day With Carolina Cafe & Catering

October 21, 2015 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

Carolina Cafe & Catering

Carolina Café and Catering Company has been a mainstay in downtown Columbia for almost two decades, but the café has only been open in Lexington County since June 2014.

Company President Lauren Schlueter said they located to Lexington County because “We knew there was a need for a café that was not fast food.”

The additional location and bakery is also closer to their home in West Columbia. The Lexington café is in the Food Lion shopping center at 2250 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. The phone number is 803-794-9799.

The Columbia location is at 945 Sumter Street. The business employs a total of 40 people at the two locations.

Carolina Café is open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant offers a wide variety of items on its menu including hose made soups, salads, bagels, sandwiches, biscuits, cookies, pastries and specialty coffee. Carolina Café also offers catering.

The menu also features paninis and specialty sandwiches. The café serves breakfast all day with one of the favorites being a bacon, egg and cheese everything bagel. The lunch all day menu includes signature sandwiches with names like The Myrtle Beach, The Spartanburg, The Charleston, and of course, The Lexington.

Before long, Schlueter hopes “to have every person know our products and services in Lexington County.”

The bagel selection includes plain, poppy, sesame, onion, wheat, everything, jalapeno, blueberry, cinnamon raisin, pumpernickle, sun-dried tomato, 8 grain, and apple cinnamon. The bread selection includes wheat, white, rye, pumpernickel, multigrain, croissant, French roll, biscuit, and English muffin.

According to Schlueter, the most gratifying aspect of the job is “the positive feedback we get from our customers.” They’ve gotten plenty of that over the years.

For more information or to check out a menu, visit the business website at You can also find them on Facebook at Carolina Café and Catering Co.