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Betsy’s On The Corner closes, new version scheduled to open in early November

October 14, 2018

Betsy’s On The Corner in downtown Aiken closed Saturday after offering comfort food in a diner-style setting for six years at the intersection of Laurens Street and Barnwell Avenue.

A new version of the popular restaurant is scheduled to open in early November at 224 Park Ave. S.W. It will be called Betsy’s Round the Corner.

“We’ve had some equipment issues, and it’s just too difficult to go on, so we’re just going to close early,” said owner Betsy Simons of the decision to shut down Betsy’s On The Corner four days before the previously announced date of Oct. 17.

“This will give us a little more time to get everything in order, move and set up at the new location,” she added.

Simons phoned the Aiken Standard on Saturday afternoon with the news that she would be closing Betsy’s On The Corner for good at 4 p.m.

In addition, Simons talked about her plans for Betsy’s Round the Corner. Its home will be a 7,836-square-foot brick building that is the former site of The Curiosity Shop and the Old Aiken Market.

The structure has undergone extensive renovations.

Simons said the first floor of Betsy’s Round the Corner would be similar in appearance to the interior of Betsy’s On The Corner.

“It will have a fresher look and a new color scheme, but it still will be a diner look,” Simons said. “It will have the soda fountain, the marble countertop and the bar stools.

“Upstairs, the colors will be richer and it will have a little bit of a different theme,” she continued. “Downstairs, it’ll be kind of the 1950s, and upstairs it will be kind of the 1960s.”

Betsy’s Round the Corner will serve food seven days a week.

“We’ll have breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday,” Simons said. “We’re hoping to do brunch and dinner on Saturday, and on Sunday, we’ll have brunch.”

In addition, beer, wine and mixed drinks will be available.

“I’m putting in a bar upstairs,” Simons said. “It will have sofas and chairs in groupings, and it will be a comfortable gathering place.”

Favorites from Betsy’s On The Corner will be on the menu, but there also will be some new options, especially for dinner.

“It will still be Southern cooking, but it will be more modern,” Simons said. “One of the items we’ll have is brick chicken, which is seared and really crispy. We’ll also have steak in the evening, and I’m adding salmon to the menu.”

Other choices at dinner will include vegetarian dishes and pork.

“I don’t want to use the word upscale because it’s still going to be a casual eatery,” Simons said. “I’m not looking to do fine dining.”