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Downtown bar adds sweets, changes name, management

Downtown bar adds sweets, changes name, management
The Cork & Bean at One Hundred Laurens manager Bryan Mitchell at the bar and dessert counter. Staff photo by Amy Banton.
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There's been a change in management, an addition to its name and a dash of sweetness at 100 Laurens St.

Now known as The Cork & Bean at One Hundred Laurens, the bar now offers cakes and other desserts as well as espresso, lattes and cappuccinos. Wine, beer and spirits are still offered, as well.

"There's a need for a coffee bar," said Neel Shah, son of Cork & Bean co-owner Ramesh Shah. "We feel that the local family, the retirees, the mix of the Aiken people would like to see a different setting - a quiet and quaint place more so than the typical bar."

Bryan Mitchell is now the general manager of the nighttime cafe and bar and said that it has been open with The Cork & Bean tied in for about two weeks now.

"We've gotten really good feedback, especially on the desserts," Mitchell said.

The dessert menu includes chocolate, red velvet, carrot cakes, cookies, cannolis and more. The desserts are made locally, and the coffee beans come from New Moon's MoonBeans roasting facility.

Mitchell added that he hopes to have the kitchen open with a tavern menu with finger foods and appetizers.

Light, live jazz music will also be offered Friday and Saturday. Mitchell said the bar will continue to offer a relaxed atmosphere where people can carry on conversation while enjoying a drink, dessert and music.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony for The Cork & Bean at One Hundred Laurens will be Thursday at 5 p.m.

The business, located at the corner of Laurens Street and Richland Avenue, opens at 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and is closed Sunday.

Amy Banton is the city beat reporter and has been with the Aiken Standard since May 2010. She is a native of Rustburg, Va., and a graduate of Randolph Macon Woman's College.