Laurens Restaurant Wins State Honors

Roma Italian Restaurant was honored at this week’s Laurens City Council Meeting, Main Street South Carolina Executive Director Beppie LeGrand presented the restaurant with the 2017 Master Merchant Award. In presenting the award, Ms. LeGrand praised owner Yvan Youseef Roma, saying “It is very difficult to operate a successful local restaurant.”

Laurens Main Street Executive Director Jonathan Irick updated City Council Tuesday night on local main street programs. He said that new business ventures in the downtown have been doing well. These Include Verdin’s II, in the old Dixie-Home building off the square as well as new food trucks that have been working the downtown area. The Verdin’s II location, which offers many plants and flowers for sale, also has tables installed for folks who purchase Cuban food and smoothies from the food trucks.

Jonathan Irick also reported that the new owner of the building which houses the Artist’s Coup is considering using the upstairs for apartments.

Irick also told council that he had received many calls regarding an unsightly billboard off the square. He said several attempts to contact the owner of the sign have not been successful.