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Mi Taco / Mi Pueblito, 205-F Columbia Avenue: 2014   2 comments

Posted at 1:48 am in restaurants

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Commenter James R points out that this storefront in Lexington across the street from The Flight Deck is empty again.

It last featured here in early 2012 when the first picture was taken, and it was transitioning from Mi Casa to Mi Taco.

I'm a little confused as to what happened. At the time of that post, people said it had previously been a Mi Pueblito and then it was apparently a Mi Pueblito again in 2014, so I'm not sure what happened to Mi Taco, or when.

(Hat tip to commenter James R)

Written by ted on February 19th, 2015

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Gilligan's, 938 North Lake Drive: Mid-June 2014   13 comments

Posted at 1:23 am in restaurants

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A Three Hour Cruise..

I'm not too familiar with Gilligan's, but I know there was at least one other in Litchfield Beach which closed last year and is now an ABC store. This one was in Lexingtion on North Lake Drive just east of the Books-A-Million strip mall.

I think that clearly this building and the old Zorba's On Two Notch shared the same design. Whether that means this was originally a Zorba's or that they were both originally something else I'm not sure.

(Hat tip to commenter John Barrs)

UPDATE 24 February 2015: Updated the closing date in the post title based on the comments.

Written by ted on February 18th, 2015

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Bentley's Beach House, 1605 North Lake Drive: Early January 2015   3 comments

Posted at 12:17 am in restaurants

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Bentley's Beach House was the follow-on operation in the old Dam Bar & Grill spot.

It looks like the next tenant is already lined up with a sign announcing Mari's Lake House, thus continuing the "water" and "house" theme the location has going on..

(Hat tip to commenter James R)

Written by ted on February 14th, 2015

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Combat Mixed Martial Arts / 1705 Bar & Grill / Uptown Lounge / etc, 3717 Pine Belt Road: 2010s   1 comment

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This lot is on that odd little section of Pine Belt at Two Notch where you have a fork in the road, with two-way traffic on both sides of the fork. I suspect originally Pine Belt came out to Two Notch on the fork where these buildings are and that later the second fork and light were added for a straight shot across to Cushman, but it's been this way as long as I can recall, so I could be wrong.

It seems to me that the red building was most recently some sort of night club, but I don't think much has stuck to either building on this property in recent years and now both buildings are for sale together.

Given that this is not the best location in the world, it will be interesting to see what happens here.

Written by ted on February 13th, 2015

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Island Cafe & Deli, 10683 Ocean Highway Pawleys Island: November 2014   no comments

Posted at 1:11 am in grand-strand,out-of-area,restaurants

The Island Cafe & Deli was for many years a dependable choice for lunch and dinner at Pawleys Island. Landolfi's is my favorite restaurant in the area, but the Deli had a nice front porch for outdoor dining, and sometimes you just want a grilled cheese or burger with black bean soup instead of pizza. Apart from those options, the menu had a number of quirkily named signature items like the Aristotle Salad or the Strom Thurmond, which the description assured us was "an illustrious member of our menu" and featured "young turkey breast".

Some years ago the place had a bad fire and was closed for an extended period, and I believe that after that, someone once drove a car through the front window. Given that history, I was very surprised when I went down in December for the candles to find the place closed.

It appears that the next tenant will be Rustic Table.

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Written by ted on February 11th, 2015

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Sonic Drive-In, 2461 Decker Boulevard: Early February 2015   10 comments

Posted at 1:02 am in restaurants

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Well, I find this closing a bit surprising, especially given that a lot of Richland County offices will be going into Decker Mall just across the street.

For some reason I've always associated Sonic with small towns and bygone days, probably since the first one I was aware of was in Hartsville sometime back in the 1970s, but nowdays they seem to be a chain on the move with national television campaigns (rather silly ones, I must say) and expansion into head-to-head competition with McDonalds and the rest of the "sit down" fast food chains. I don't think I've had the burgers, but I stop for a milkshake once or twice a year, and they're pretty good.

The closing signs here are a bit disingenuous, as in fact the Forest Drive location:

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has been open for over a year in the old Hardee's location.

(Hat tip to my sister)

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Written by ted on February 9th, 2015

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Northeast Market & Coffee House, 2630 Decker Boulevard: January 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:17 am in restaurants,stores

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What can I say?

The curse of 2630 Decker Boulevard continues.

Written by ted on February 7th, 2015

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Tiga Lee's Chicken & Grill / Convenience Store, 2644 River Drive: 2000s   7 comments

Posted at 1:46 am in restaurants,stores

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This building is on River Drive just past the closed daycare. I associate the faux stone facade with the 1970s for some reason and the building has a distinctive enough look that I expect it was part of some chain.

From the various door signage, I would say that clearly the last business in this spot was a convenience store, but the only hit I can find for the address online is for Tiga Lees Chicken & Grill.

Written by ted on February 6th, 2015

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Spork Food And Beverage Cafe, 1410 Colonial Life Boulevard: February 2014   3 comments

Posted at 1:41 am in restaurants

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I like the spork, a "can-do" little utensil. Unfortunately, I don't think it's often associated with a sit-down dining experience, being more of an on-the-go utility player. According to commenter Justin, Spork Food And Beverage Cafe in Colonial Village closed on the last day of February 2014, making it about a year ago. I guess that shows you how often I drive through that little plaza, and perhaps how often *anyone* drives through it.

I note that the nearby Queenstown/Mayflower location is still vacant as well.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on February 4th, 2015

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Garibaldi Cafe, 2013 Greene Street: 27 January 2015   4 comments

Posted at 12:41 am in restaurants

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I have to admit that I never really considered going to Garibaldi's on Greene, though looking at the menu I think I could have been happy there with some pasta or pizza.

The restaurant closed last week, according to The State because the lease was coming up and they decided they didn't want to stay in a building they didn't own.

(Hat tip to commenter Robert S.)

Written by ted on February 2nd, 2015

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