The Sherman Business Report: Ritz Cafe restaurant closing


Caleb W. Sherman

Caleb W. Sherman



Caleb W. Sherman/Dispatch Staff



The Ritz Cafe, located at 125 Commerce St. in West Point, is closing. 


The cafe is a part of the Ritz Theater and Convention Center, which owner Milton Sundbeck said will remain open and continue to offer catering services. The cafe has been open since 2009 and will close on Dec. 31. 


Until then, the eatery will continue offering to "take you back in time to the days of classic movies" with nostalgic soundtracks and classic memorabilia from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday-Friday. 


In Columbus, A new adult bar and grill called Taste of Soul opened recently. 


The restaurant, located at 201-D Alabama St., offers an open-mic and karaoke night on Thursday, with frequent live entertainment for the weekends. 


Tim Topps, the owner of the grill, is a Columbus native returning home after 10 years in the restaurant business. Topps opened Taste of Soul to provide adults in the community with a safe and fun place to gather. He calls his smoke-free business a unique venue with a southern blues and R&B feel.  


The eatery is open 4-11 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday, 11-1 a.m. Friday, 11-2 a.m. Saturday and 5-10:30 p.m. Sunday. An age limit is enforced Fridays and Saturdays, requiring patrons to be at least 25 and 30, respectively. Happy Hour is from 5-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday. 


Also newly opened in Columbus is Saturn Materials Concrete Masonry Products located at 350 Yorkville Park Square. 


Fred Dunand, the owner of the brick manufacturer, has 16 years in the masonry industry and is proud of his new fully automated plant. Saturn bricks are currently primarily produced for commercial applications, but Dunand said they will also fill residential needs when requested. 


Dunand's plant will produce bricks in more than 50 shapes with a broad range of unique and standard colors. A team of five employees produces the bricks to fill orders usually within 24 hours. 


When asked about the name of his business, Dunand commented, "We've walked on the moon and landed on Mars, so Saturn is the future, it's the next big dream."  


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