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Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q 2742 South 8th Street, Fernandina Beach FL: December 2014   2 comments

Posted at 1:58 am in out-of-area,restaurants

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I have only eaten at any Sonny's once, and this was the one. For some reason, several years ago when we were staying in Fernandina, nothing would do for my niece but that she have some corn on the cob. My memory is a bit hazy, but I think she had been quite kid-finicky in restaurants on the trip and it was a chance to get her to actually eat something if we could find a place. In the event, it seemed that Sonny's was the only game in town for supper corn that evening, and we hied thither. I'm finicky myself so I had the salad bar, which was pretty good, and my niece did get, and eat, her corn, so all was well.

I know I would have noticed if the place, past Sadler Road on the way to the bridge, had been closed during my last trip in October 2014, and Tipadvisor page and pictures suggests the place probably closed in December of that year.

I passed many other Sonny's locations in my most recent Florida trip, so apparently the chain as a whole is doing OK.

Written by ted on July 7th, 2015

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Church's Chicken, 4729 Devine Street: Late June 2015   4 comments

Posted at 12:00 am in restaurants

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Now the chicken you can't get here goes well with the tacos you can't get next door.

(Hat tip to commenter John Barrs)
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Written by ted on July 1st, 2015

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Sizzle, 819 Harden Street: May 2015   2 comments

Posted at 12:25 am in restaurants

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I remember I was at a conference once in San Diego and a group of us walked into the Gas Light District looking for restaurant that someone had heard of that specialzed in garlic. Well, I like garlic and it was an excellent meal, but I recall thinking it was too bad that Columbia (much less Fayetteville where I was then living) could never support such a place.

I had a similar thought when I read the opening press for Columbia's bacon bistro Sizzle: Can Columbia really support a bacon restaurant?. Unfortunately, the answer appears to be: no, and arrived before I got around to checking it out.

(Hat tip to commenter Matt)

Written by ted on June 30th, 2015

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Utopia Food & Spirits, 4330 Fort Jackson Boulevard: 20 June 2015   3 comments

Posted at 12:17 am in nightclub,restaurants,venue

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There's already been a good bit of discussion on this in Have Your Say but Utopia Food & Spirits, a local music venue and restaurant across from Cross Hill Market, has closed after suffering extensive electrical damage on 20 June.

Although I posted about their move from Rosewood to this location, I'm afraid the place was not really on my radar, but they seem to have been doing good work providing a showcase for local bands. Unfortunately repairing all the damage was just too expensive given the current economy.

The Free Times has the story here.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on June 26th, 2015

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Krystal / Pearle Vision Express, 7301 Two Notch Road: 1990s / 2006   15 comments

Posted at 11:55 pm in business,restaurants

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I believe this building in the Dentsville K Mart parking lot was built as a Krystal in their first wave of expansion into SC. At the time they were playing up their differences from other fast food outlets with the main thing I recall being that they had a couple of non-standard vegetable offerings like fried mushrooms and maybe okra. For some reason, the chain never thrived here and now has no Columbia stores and very few South Carolina stores. Of course now their slogan is apparently Stupid Good, so they've got that going for them..

Pearle was here at least through the February 2005 phonebook, but was gone by the February 2008 one.

Written by ted on June 18th, 2015

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Fat Buddies Two, 1160 Chapin Road Suite D: 2014   1 comment

Posted at 1:16 am in restaurants

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This wing joint was in the same strip as Chapin Furniture and I can't find any online reviews of it postdating 30 June 2014.

It appears that the original Fat Buddies is or was at 3315 Broad River Road, but it's not listed in the phonebook, so it may have closed as well.

Written by ted on June 4th, 2015

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Wright's Eatery, 2538 Two Notch Road: Spring 2015   2 comments

Posted at 12:23 am in restaurants

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It appears this little building on the L'il Cricket lot at the corner of Two Notch & Covenant has changed hands again.

It is now K-Wayzz Corner Grill.

Written by ted on May 20th, 2015

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Qdoba Mexican Grill, 2006 Devine Street: 9 May 2015   15 comments

Posted at 1:51 am in restaurants

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This is the third Qdoba in Columbia to close fairly recently, the other two being on Garners Ferry and Two Notch. WLTX has the story here.

I think the chain may be having troubles in general as google finds a number of closings nationally, and I have also noticed the Surfside location close. I will say that the few times I have tried Qdoba in general (I did not try any of the Columbia stores), I have not been too impressed. In particular, my burrito always fell apart.

I'm not sure whether the architecture of this building is meant to suggest Southwest or Brick Train Station...

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on May 19th, 2015

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Kentucky Fried Chicken #7, 7228 Parklane Road: 1990s   19 comments

Posted at 2:58 am in restaurants

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This KFC was gone as early as the February 1997 phonebook, which is the earliest I have at home. As you can see from the ad in the 1976 phonebook, at one time this was store #7 for Kentucky Fried Chicken in Columbia, and at this remove, it's easy to forget that the picture in the ad was that of a living man who still toured the country promoting Kentucky Fried Chicken, despite being unhappy with what corporate had done with his gravy.

(Hat tips to commenters Andrew & Sidney)

Written by ted on May 12th, 2015

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Shakespeare Fish Market, 6301 Shakespeare Road: Early 2015   no comments

Posted at 1:47 am in restaurants

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I've written about this building before here and here, though sometimes the address is given as 6303 Shakespeare instead of 6301 Shakespeare.

Driving by the other week, I noticed it was vacant again. I'm not sure when Shakespeare Fish Market closed, but there are reviews posted up through October 2014, so I'm erring on the side of caution and saying early 2015.

According to those reviews and this WLTX Golden Spoon video profile, the place was a takeout seafood operation, sourcing fresh seafood from Georgetown.

Written by ted on May 9th, 2015

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