Sarah Simmons & Aaron Hoskins, Rise Bakeshop and The Library Cafe (Columbia, SC)
Biscuits, business, bubbles. Chefs Sarah Simmons and Aaron Hoskins have made a life together in the midst of all of it, from Birds & Bubbles restaurant in New York, to Rise Bakeshop and the about-to be open Library Cafe in Columbia, SC. They live life on full tilt -- opening businesses, doing events, traveling, and even creating pop-up restaurants in Hong Kong to translate Southern fried chicken and biscuits on another continent. This kind of life has a lot of highs, but the two have experienced their share of lows as well, from the closing of Birds & Bubbles to labor shortages and long-distance relationship stresses. Sarah and Aaron get animated when they talk about the sexy subjects of margins, wine lists, and back of house systems, so it must be love. I know; I was a guest at their spontaneous wedding earlier this year. It’s all in a day’s work for this couple, who have decided to come home to Columbia to stay. They still have some fried chicken and biscuit tricks up their sleeves, and a love of French butter in their hearts, so I caught them in a breather moment in the Columbia library. Yep, you heard that right. A library interview is a first for me too.