By Christina Lee Knauss
Daquan “Quan” Doyle, owner of the brand new Silk Restaurant and Lounge in the Vista, wants to offer a different dining experience to his customers.
“We want this to not be your ordinary dinner experience, where you order your main course, maybe have a glass of wine, and then leave,” Doyle told SC Biz News after Silk officially opened on the 16th. June. “We hope this will be a place where you come to dine, drop by and stay awhile.”
Silk’s inauguration and ribbon-cutting drew Columbia business executives and others to explore the venue’s sleek interior, lit in inviting hues of purple and blue.
“The Vista Guild is thrilled to have a new restaurant like Silk in our district,” said Abby Anderson, Executive Director of the Congaree Vista Guild. “Quan and his team bring a restaurant concept to Columbia, and we’re thrilled to have it on Lincoln Street.”
The Silk offers fusion-style cuisine and offers a stylish bar and indoor dining space on the first floor, as well as a patio on the ground floor and an elegant cocktail lounge on the second floor. Both have seating and tables suitable for everyone, from couples to large groups.
The new venue is located at 902 Gervais Street, at the intersection of Gervais and Lincoln streets, the former location of the Carolina Strip Club steakhouse, which closed in 2019.
Doyle, originally from New Jersey, moved to the Carolinas several years ago. He previously worked as a police officer for the city of Spartanburg, but always had an interest in the hospitality industry. He currently also owns the XO Hookah Lounge in Charlotte, North Carolina.
He chose Columbia’s Vista for his new business because he loves the area and thinks he could use the kind of upscale dining and entertainment variety that Silk will provide.
“I think the Vista has a lot of growth potential because it’s a great entertainment space,” Doyle said. “We want Silk to be a place that can cater to all walks of life, all kinds of customers, whether they’re hanging out in hotels, in Colombia for a few days, or just on a day trip to a concert. We try to be innovative and create an experience that you don’t normally see in Colombia, that you might previously have had to travel out of town to get.
The Silk Bar will offer a variety of signature drinks and the menu includes steak, lamb, lobster, salmon and vegan options. The restaurant’s aim to be quirky shows appetizer options such as fried deviled eggs and “24K Gold Wings,” which are sprinkled with edible 24K gold.
Doyle hopes to reach a diverse clientele that is slightly older than the typical college party crowds that Columbia nightlife is known for. The aim is to appeal to those who want a more upscale nightlife experience that includes dressing to impress. As a result, Silk has a dress code that prohibits loose or ripped clothing, sportswear, tank tops, and baseball caps.
Silk will eventually offer brunches on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as special events such as “Martini and Poetry Tuesdays”, masquerade parties and other events.
“Right now we’re working on getting into our groove and finding what works best for our customer base in Colombia,” Doyle said.