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Persona Wood Fired Pizzeria, 1202 Main Street: July 2018   1 comment

Posted at 11:06 pm in closing

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The signage still posits this closing as temporary, but the Free Times has verified that it is, in fact, permanent.

This spot has been the home of a number of restaurants over the years, including Capitol Cafe, Cat & Cleaver, Dunkin' Donuts (almost), Fever, and Roll Call Deli.

I never ate at Persona due to the fact that I rarely go downtown at lucnch time, and would go some place with parking if I did. I will say that I would not use that name for a restaurant as the first thing I think of is Persona Non Grata..

(Hat tip to commenter Tom)

Written by ted on August 13th, 2018

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Frank's Car Wash, 120 Clemson Road: June 2018 (moved)   2 comments

Posted at 11:50 pm in closing

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Frank's Car Wash on Clemson Road has moved across the street and about a quarter mile towards Sandhill. I think I heard this was because of the Clemson Road widening project, but I don't really see how that figures in, as the road is already four lanes at this point.

The new location, which you can see in the last two pictures, is the former location of the Putt Putt Fun Center, plans to put a hotel on that site having fallen through.

Written by ted on August 10th, 2018

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General Sales Company, Inc., 7320 Garners Ferry Road: July 2018 (moved/demolished)   no comments

Posted at 11:52 pm in closing

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The company is still around on Huger Street, having moved there around 2011, but their old building on Garners Ferry Road has now been demolishe as these (rather dark) pictures show. I find it somewhat interesting that my February 1997 phonebook gives the address as 7230 Sumter Highway, while more recent ones use Garners Ferry Road. I guess it's a sign of the metro area moving eastward (and in fact, I remember when anything past this was the boonies).

(Hat tips to commenter Frank Mancuso for the heads up, and commenter Rick for clarifying the location).

Mark's Mens Wear, 1321 Main Street / 1625 Main Street / 1219 Bull Street: March 2018   no comments

Posted at 11:11 pm in closing

Here are some pictures from commenter Allen J. Rivkin recalling a bit of downtown history, his father's store Marks

The first picture is from the grand opening at 1321 Main Street in October 1963:

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As nearly as I can tell, 1321 Main Street would have been just after the vacant storefront next to Cantina 76, which is 1307 Main, and before the SC Education Lottery storefront, which is 1333. However there's really no way to do a true comparison due to the demolition.

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The store moved from 1321 Main to 1625 Main in 1980:

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There is apparently an ongoing project to repurpose 1619-1625 Main, which you can read about here.

In 2017, the store moved to 1219 Bull Street, the former location of Ritter's Furs:

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(Big hat tip to ALlen J. Rivkin)

Written by ted on August 8th, 2018

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Applebee's, 2344 Broad River Road: 9 July 2018   6 comments

Posted at 10:26 pm in closing

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I don't believe I ever at at this Applebee's, though I was certainly aware it was there. In general, I find the chain to be a decent late night spot for a good burger though they are a bit stingy with the fries.

Judging from the sign, I guess the Two Notch, Blythewood & Devine Street stores must be under different ownership.

(Hat tip to commenter Ken)

Written by ted on August 7th, 2018

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Rite Aid, 1215 Longreen Parkway: July 2018   2 comments

Posted at 10:57 pm in closing

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Another day, another Rite Aid. This one was on Longreen Parkway at Clemson Road. You can see it with all the branding in place at thie LoopNet listing.

I could be wrong, but at this point I believe the only Rite Aid still in operation as such is the Forest Acres one.

(Hat tip to commenter Bobby)

Written by ted on August 6th, 2018

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Home Again Home Again   1 comment

Posted at 10:36 pm in commentary

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Rainiest two weeks I ever saw at the beach.

I see that here.. Gosh. Guess I should have looked in earlier!

Written by ted on August 5th, 2018

Holly's Famous Hot Dogs, 1955 Augusta Rd: Summer 2017   no comments

Posted at 12:19 am in closing

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Judging from their Facebook page, Holly's Famous Hot Dogs sadly had a death in the family last summer, and have not reopened.

(Hat tip to commenter Kc)

Written by ted on July 21st, 2018

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Maurice's Piggy Park, 9563 Two Notch: July 2018   7 comments

Posted at 12:29 am in closing

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Somehow after all these years, I've never made it into a Piggie Park. Probably because I convinced myself at an early age that I didn't like barbecue (I've revised my opinion a bit), and didn't really realize they had other Southern items.

The State says the property is to become a car dealership. I would guess used cars.

The Clemson Road and Dentsville locations remain open.

(Hat tip to commenter Harry etc)

Written by ted on July 20th, 2018

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Vacchio's Greek & Italian Bistro & Lounge, 1505 Charleston Highway Suite A5: June 2018   1 comment

Posted at 12:00 am in closing

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I ate here twice for lunch, and both times got sort of a weird vibe and the impression the place wanted to be a night club more than a restaurant. The second time I was there, a girl came out of the kitchen and sat at a nearby table, crying. It was very uncomfortable, and I decided that was it for me.

(Hat tip to commenter David B)

Written by ted on July 19th, 2018

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