The University of South Carolina in Columbia was founded in 1801. Originally known as South Carolina College, it was established as part of an effort to unite South Carolinians in the wake of the American Revolutionary War. The institution struggled through the years following the Civil War, undergoing many changes to its student population and curriculum and even closing its doors in 1877. Although the University faced great difficulties in the ensuing decades, it persevered. And, in the ‘60s and ‘70s, student enrollment skyrocketed. The University underwent a period of rapid growth which continued for many years, making it one of the most well-respected research universities in the South today.
Harper's Restaurant Group has been a part of the Columbia dining scene since 1990 when it opened Harper's Restaurant at Five Points. As a pioneer in contemporary casual dining and the farm-to-table movement, the Harper’s Group was asked to collaborate with USC leaders, alumni, and current faculty and students to help create a unique gathering place to enjoy innovative, regional cuisine in Columbia. We are proud to honor USC’s rich history with the opening of 1801 Grille.
Columbia’s newest meeting place is convenient to campus, downtown and to Colonial Life Arena. Fashioned after a classic American tavern, 1801 Grille embodies the warm hospitality that makes the Columbia, SC area and the USC campus famous. It’s a fun place to meet and relax, enjoy a delicious meal with old friends, or even a place to meet new ones. Executive Jason Bruner presents a tavern-style menu that is filled with variety of unique dishes, all prepared with locally sourced products to give them that southern-inspired deliciousness. 1801 Grille is a must-visit for locals and visitors alike.