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Santa's Beard / Little Saint Nick, North Charleston Performing Arts Center: 16 December 2018   no comments

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I think Mike had a cold, but he was game..

Written by ted on December 19th, 2018

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White Duck Taco Shop, 612 Whaley Street: 23 December 2018 (probably)   no comments

Posted at 12:36 am in closing

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I never ate at White Duck though I like tacos (or soft tacos & burritos: hard shell tacos crack and fall apart too easily for me). It's a bit out of the way, and I keep forgetting that it exists. Also, from the name, I thought maybe it was one of those places that is too hip to have regular taco ingredients (like Italian restaurants that are embarrassed to offer pizza so they don't have pepperoni..)

Of course there's also the song I chickened out of playing at my first and only piano recital..

Anyway, according to The State, you have a chance to make a difference here with a last minute surge of business.

(Hat tip to commenter Heath)

Written by ted on December 19th, 2018

Text Me Merry Christmas   no comments

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Written by ted on December 18th, 2018

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Nick's Gyros & Seafood, 2509 Forest Drive: 2018   no comments

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This building was originally a Bojangles and was next and an Asian barbecue restaurant.

In 2016, Nick's Gyros & Seafood set up shop, and lasted until this year. Or at least I noticed driving by recently that it was now Charlie's Wing's & Seafood and I think I would have noticed that fairly shortly after it happened as I drive that way frequently.

Written by ted on December 18th, 2018

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All I Want For Little Saint Nick   no comments

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Rue 21, 5135 Sunset Boulevard Suite N: January 2019   no comments

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I was not really aware of Rue 21 in Lexington as I'm not in the target young women demo, and don't like shopping for clothes anyway. After commenter Jimmy mentioned that this store was closing, I did a little research and found that the store was in Chapter 11 bankruptcy from May to September of 2017 and closed 420 stores during that period. They also took on a new CEO as of 25 June 2018 who 'resigned' mid-November 2018 after less than a half year tenure. Apparently the teen apparel sector continues to flail, and Rue 21 continues to shed stores.

(Hat tip to commenter Jimmy)

Written by ted on December 12th, 2018

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Ruby Tuesday, 4600 Devine Street : 3 December 2018   3 comments

Posted at 12:02 am in closing

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In retrospect, perhaps it was a bad idea to name a restaurant something that makes it tempting to write "Goodbye" headlines.

I never had any problem with Ruby Tuesday, but in recent years, it was clearly a place looking for its own identity in a flailing market sector. I used to visit this store weekly, as I liked the salad bar, and it was about the right distance that I could get my old Corolla wagon out on the interstate for a few miles and keep it viable. During that period I think they revamped the salad bar about four times, changes that did not always make it better, at least in my opinion. They also started and stopped serving complementary biscuits during that time as well. (They were OK, some sort of cheese drop biscuit, not as good as a real breakfast biscuit, but acceptable).

I'm not surprised this location closed, as there is another just up Garners Ferry Road, and I suspected when the chain started being in the news that one location or the other would have to go. The State has the story, but not really any more details.

With the recent retail openings in the Cross Hill area and the Old Kmart this is something of an up and coming area now, so perhaps the building will not be vacant for too long.

(Hat tip to Mr. Hat)

Written by ted on December 11th, 2018

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BB&T, 6089 Garners Ferry Road: Fall 2018 (remodeling?)   no comments

Posted at 11:27 pm in closing

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I'm not sure exactly what is going on at this BB&T next to Panera Bread on Garners Ferry Road, but it seems to be some sort of renovation.

What really needs renovation is the parking lot by the old Postal Depot, which has one of Columbia's more impressive potholes (which is saying something).

Written by ted on December 3rd, 2018

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Cindy's Ole Time Hamburgers, 109 East Bobo Newsom Highway (Hartsville): 1980s   6 comments

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They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so at the time, Dave Thomas must have been very flattered.

Shortly after Wendy's came to town, a number of copycat restaurants popped up. They all had young girl mascots after which they were named, had square hamburgers and interiors set up with what at that time was Wendy's signature: One serving line. Unlike Burger King which was famous for letting McDonald's spend a lot of money finding ideal locations and then setting up across the street, these copy-cats tended to set up in smaller towns where there was, at the time, no Wendy's, or at least that's how I remember it. I'm pretty sure I recall chains called Judy's and Penny's (which I think had a restaurant in Georgetown which became El Cerro Grande before they razed it and built their own building). And then there was Cindy's Ole Time Hamburgers, which honestly I don't recall at all. Locating in Hartsville at the time would definitely be the setting up in a smaller market strategy though.

I haven't been able to find out much about Cindy's except that it definitely was a a Wendy's copy-cat and that its trademark was filed in 1976 (about the right time) and is expired. However, the chain still seems to exist in the Phillipines.

This particular location is at the intersection of US-15 & SC-151, and would have been basically in the boonies back in the day. It's still not what you would call a dense area. I may have the street address a little bit wrong, but it's close enough for Google Streetview to show the restaurant.

As you can see from the pictures, nobody else has ever set up shop here. In fact, I believe the place is now what you call a micro-clime which is uniquely suited for various plant life, though not so much for beef.

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Written by ted on November 29th, 2018

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Christmas Comes Early To SC!   no comments

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Written by ted on November 26th, 2018

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