Our Story

A Little History

Owners Trip and Marila Turbyfill opened Cafe Strudel on October 3, 1997 (Marila’s birthday) at 134 State Street. It was a SMALL (600 square foot) space with about 10 tables. An immediate success, we soon outgrew our humble beginnings. In 2000 we moved to 118 State Street and quadrupled our space. A former Bank Building, it also was used for a period of time as New Brookland Town Hall (Prior to the name change of West Columbia).

In September 2012 we purchased and extensively renovated 300 State Street, a 1920s-era building a little down the road from our previous location. We gained an extra 1,400 square feet of space, including a private dining room and covered patio, each of which may be rented for private functions. We added a full bar and expanded our menu in addition to the added space.

Our son Kyle joined the team in January of 2015 in the role of GM/Executive chef. Kyle brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience gained during his time at Mangia! Mangia! under Chef Jamie Braislford and Owner Paul Chernoff, apprenticing for 3 years under Chef Josef Ruckstuhl and 8 years as Corporate Sous Chef with Sysco Foods. Kyle decided to pursue other career options and left the team in 2019.

We opened at 309 South Lake Drive, Lexington in late May of 2018, serving the same great food and drink you are used to in West Columbia! Come and check us out!!!