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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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Bruster's Real Ice Cream, 202 Graces Way: Mid January 2015   3 comments

Posted at 2:51 am in restaurants

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This closing was noted last week on Have Your Say where there was some speculation that Bruster's would have done better on Two Notch than tucked away by Carabba's on Graces Way.

I'm not sure I agree as the Graces Way lot effectively fronts Sparkleberry, and sits right across from Spring Valley High School, which had to be, I think, a factor in the store's siting. Given that all the other Bruster's in Columbia have shut down, and that the only Grand Strand location has as well, I tend to think the whole "no inside seating" concept is iffy. Think about it. The fact that Baskin Robbins has seating gives it a whole season (plus rainy summer days) during which it can draw and Bruster's can't. Where are you going to take the kids' basketball team for ice cream after the game in January? Probably not to a place with outside tables only.

I took the daylight pictures on Saturday 24 January 2015, at which time a crew was actively getting the equipment out of the store. As you can see in the night pictures, the menuboards are already gone.

And just as an aside, I *do* think the Graces Way siting works against Carabba's. They have just reduced their hours, which is Sign #1.

(Hat tip to commenter Mr. Hat, making it a Hat hat tip..)

Written by ted on January 26th, 2015

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Hero's Super Subs, 601 Main Street, Suite D: Late December 2014   2 comments

Posted at 11:34 pm in restaurants

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Hero's Super Subs was in the Addesso building at the corner of Main & Blossom in the same suite formerly occupied by Pepper's Bistro. I'm guessing that they stuck it out until the end of December 2014 and were out by 1 January 2015 which would make sense with rent, utilities etc. They were certainly gone by 10 January when someone noted the closing on Yelp.

Things seem to have been precarious as early as 1 December 2014 when this was posted to their Facebook page:

Hero's Super Subs
December 1, 2014

Good morning all Hero's fans! We truly appreciate all of the support but unfortunately its not quite enough and we could use more! Please tell your FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, EVEN STRANGERS WALKING DOWN THE STREET. Let them know if they mention this post they will get 10% off and a fried oreo. (Yum)

The fact that all the students left town shortly thereafter can't have helped.

(Hat tip to commenter Payne)

Written by ted on January 20th, 2015

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Za's Brick Oven Pizza, 2930 Devine Street: January 2015 (temporary)   no comments

Posted at 10:53 pm in restaurants

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I've always liked Za's, though I go there less since they stopped being open to 11:00 on Thursadys. The only things I would change would be to make the individual pizzas a little larger, and to brew stronger tea. I suspect, however, that more than that is slated to change as the place is now closed for revamping as The New Za's. Commenter David suggests that it will then be under the same ownership as Cantina 76, a place I have somehow never gotten around to.

(Hat tip to commenter Dennis)

Written by ted on January 18th, 2015

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Fast Food / Greek Restaurant / Dish & Design Catering, 420 Meeting Street: 2010s   5 comments

Posted at 12:00 am in business,restaurants

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This small building in Capitol Shopping Center at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Meeting Street in West Columbia has been a number of things over the years.

Judging from the look of the place, it started as some sort of fast food chain outlet, but I am unable to recall which. Sometime after that, I believe I recall a Greek restaurant setting up there. Most recently it was Dish & Desing Catering until sadly the owner passed away and they had to close.

These pictures were taken not too long after Halloween, as you might infer from the deflated Jack O'Lantern somebody left in the parking lot.

Written by ted on January 7th, 2015

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Marble Slab Creamery, 141 Pelham Drive: November 2014 (moved)   no comments

Posted at 2:13 am in restaurants

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I was at Panera on Garners Ferry this evening and I noticed that the Marble Slab Creamery has moved across the parking lot from the Cici's wing of the shopping center to the Panera wing. The new location is actually the old Starbucks location which became vacant when Starbucks moved into the old Qdoba location.

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