Mayor Steve Benjamin presents Keys to the City to former owners of Yesterday’s Restaurant

October 27, 2020

In Recognition of the Restaurant’s Decades of Economic & Cultural Contributions to Five Points & City of Columbia

On Tuesday, October 27 Mayor Steve Benjamin will present the Keys to the City to former Yesterday’s restaurant owners Darrell Barnes, Duncan MacRea and Scotty MacRea during a socially distanced ceremony beside the restaurant building on Santee Street at 3:30 pm. Yesterday’s has been one of Five Points’ most recognizable and iconic fixtures, helping stabilize the shopping and dining district for 43 years.

Darrell Barnes, Duncan MacRea and Scotty MacRea opened Yesterday’s restaurant in 1976 at the intersection of Devine, Harden and Santee Streets, in a building originally built in 1935 to house Gibson’s Drug Store. In 1981, the three owners held the first Five Points St. Patrick’s Day festival in the restaurant’s parking lot, and over the decades the festival has grown to become one of South Carolina’s most recognized cultural and fund-raising events.

The Keys to the City presentation will take place at 3:30 pm on the Santee Street side of the now closed Yesterday’s restaurant building, which is located at 2030 Devine Street in Five Points. Darrell Barnes, Duncan MacRea and Scotty MacRea will be present to accept the Keys to the City from Mayor Steve Benjamin, and representatives of the Five Points Association will also attend.