COLUMBIA — The design at the recently opened Front Coffee and Tap could hardly be more minimal. The libation and caffeination spot in the CanalSide development on the banks of the Congaree River is marked by a clean white interior, with little other color aside from modern furnishings and wall canvas art that is white and blue.
Owner Sean Powers told Free Times it has had at least one pronounced impact: It’s conducive for people who want to take social media pictures of their purchases, and otherwise browse during their visit.
“I think it’s a combination of versatility and design,” Powers said, describing the concept as “modern” and noting the lighter color palette opens the door for more creative interior design down the line. “Also, it’s just what is generally accepted. … It’s the trend right now.”
Indeed, a wave of restaurants and other hospitality businesses with minimalist designs and