When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Jill Lehrkamp started searching Columbus for the perfect place to hatch her new business.
Lehrkamp, who opened the house-cleaning business Columbus Service Group more than a decade ago, is finally ready for her next venture.
Hopefully, that starts at the former Columbus Carts and Clubs property at 92 Alabama St.
The more than two-acre lot could be transformed into a food truck, splash pad, park and market place by spring of next year.
“I came up with the idea for the food truck court, mainly because of COVID,” Lehrkamp said. “I miss seeing families doing things as a group. I want a place, even if COVID continues to be an issue, where people that want to socially distance can still come and be safe and socially disatanced.”
Lehrkamp said she’s still in the early stages for developing the property. She hopes to finalize on the sale of the Carts and Clubs property “in the next few weeks.” Though plans are still tentative, she is already reaching out to various vendors and food trucks for potential interest.
“I’ve always felt I could be doing more in our community,” Lehrkamp said. “I don’t want to look back on my life and wish I had done something different. I think this is one of the things that we can do to help our community grow. … I want a place where people can hang out, bring their kids and families … just a place where everyone can get together and hang out.”
Keep an eye out for that sold sign on Alabama Street, and if you’re a food truck owner or a vendor who is interested, be sure to reach out to Lehrkamp.
Speaking of food trucks, we’ve got another one open in Columbus.
I told you guys about Yardbird Bento back in May, and the marinated chicken and rice food truck officially opened Tuesday.
Be sure to follow Yardbird Bento on social media for menu, updates, location and hours.
We’ve got a lot of food news in Columbus, y’all.
There’s a star among us at the Highway 45 Wendy’s location. Henrietta Johnson, Wendy’s general manager, was recognized by the corporate office as one of the top 500 general managers for 2020.
“Henrietta is a true leader and so deserved of this recognition; she is respected and beloved by her team and guests,” senior vice president Brian McDaniel said in a press release.
There are more than 6,700 Wendy’s franchises globally, making Johnson a top general manager for Wendy’s while putting Columbus on the map.
Moving to Starkville, a local restaurant has some new digs.
After closing shop for a little more than two months, Commodore Bob’s Yacht Club officially opened at its new location.
The upscale restaurant that first opened eight years ago at 102 Ru Du Grand Fromage has reopened at 517 University Drive.
Owner Brady Hindman said the new space is nearly triple the size and can accommodate double the seating as its previous location.
Hindman said he’s excited to see customers enjoy the new space, as well as the updated and improved brunch and dinner menus with new cocktail and wine menus to boot.
“I would like to say thank you to our community and surrounding area for supporting us the past eight years and counting,” he said. “It really has been an amazing experience growing our business here in Starkville and (we) look forward to serving the community for years to come.”
Check out Commodore Bob’s new space Tuesday through Saturday 4:30-9:30 p.m. and Sundays for brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Former Dispatch reporter Mary Pollitz writes about business openings and closings, as well as other unique business news. Send tips to [email protected]