Many restaurants were forced to close due to inclement weather Friday, putting a dent in an already slow month for business.
COLUMBIA, S.C. — A rare snow storm virtually shut down Columbia Friday, with many businesses forced to close due to inclement weather. When local restaurants had to pick between making money or safety, they chose the latter.
The Aristocrat, usually filled with guests and live music on weekends, was empty and quiet Friday and Saturday nights.
The restaurant told News19 they closed for two nights in case of unsafe road conditions. Although roads were clear Saturday night, the risk of black ice was too high for the owners.
Down the street, Lula Drake Wine Parlour also closed Friday for the same reason.