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Sarah Simmons to Open 'Southern Boulangerie' in Columbia, South Carolina

The chef returns to her home town for a new fast-casual restaurant.

Sarah Simmons — the chef/owner of Birds & Bubbles on the LES and the dormant City Grit culinary salon— is opening a bakery/cafe in Columbia, South Carolina the week of September 21 called Rise Gourmet Goods and Bakeshop. Simmons will be running this new shop along with Charley Scruggs, the former pastry chef at Oak Table. The restaurant will serve baked goods, breakfast bowls, soups, salads, sandwiches, and "gourmet family meals" for four at night. The cafe will also offer Counter Culture coffee, jams from Sqirl's Jessica Koslow, hot sauce from Edward Lee, and other artisan goodies. Simmons grew up in Columbia and she still has family there. As for City Grit, Simmons says: "We're still looking for a venue in New York, and next year we are doing some dinners in other cities." Birds & Bubbles turns one this week.

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