Cason Development Group announces Masa coming to 5th & Sloan

March 28, 2023

Cason Development Group announces that Masa Mexican Street Food is coming to 5th & Sloan, the mixed-use development of apartments and retail space that incorporates the former Rosewood Church on Rosewood Drive.

This will be the second location for the restaurant, which is owned by Columbia restaurateur Alfonso Bravo. Bravo also owns COA Agaveria Y Cocina, an upscale Mexican restaurant on Lady Street in Columbia’s Vista. The original MASA is located in Camden, where Bravo also operates Salud Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar; in addition, the restaurateur has a San Jose restaurant in Elgin.

“We are excited to have Masa join the 5th & Sloan development this summer. Their menu is both authentic and delicious and the brand will be a huge addition to Columbia,” said Frank Cason, president of Cason Development Group.

Bravo said he was drawn to the walkability of the Rosewood and Shandon neighborhoods.  “We’re in a great neighborhood. You see everybody walking and taking their golf carts.” Plus you have the whole city of Columbia, he said. “This is an area that I’ve always felt gives you that city feel where you are downtown, but you’re not downtown.”

Masa at 5th & Sloan will occupy a 2,906-square-foot space in an existing building that Cason renovated across Sloan Street from the former Rosewood Church, 2809 Rosewood Drive.

The restaurant, which will offer counter service for lunch and full service for dinner, will have a full bar, and will also feature an outdoor patio. Bravo is planning for the restaurant to accommodate about 100 diners. Dan Sherer of Sherer & Associates is the architect for the project.

Bravo hopes to open the restaurant around July 1.

The 5th & Sloan development also includes a new commercial building that houses a Starbucks, with apartments above. One commercial space, 1,712 square feet ready for tenant upfit, remains available in the Rosewood development. 5th & Sloan draws its name from Rosewood Drive, which was originally Fifth Street.

The adaptive reuse project by the Cason Development Group transformed the church campus into 53 high-end apartments for working professionals and empty-nesters. A few residential units are still available in the renovated church.


About Cason Development Group

Cason Development Group is a commercial real estate development firm located in Columbia, South Carolina, focused on projects in the Columbia area as well as tenant-focused development outside Columbia.