Archive for the ‘restaurants’ Category
To the best of my recollection, I've never eaten at any establishment in this Five Points storefront, to include San Jose, though I have certainly eaten at other local San Jose locations, and found them to be perfectly OK.
Commenter MB noted the closing, and pointed out that until fairly recently it was Mucho Margaritas, something I must have driven by many times without it registering at all. Already today the sign was down and folks were carting off the fixtures. With the recent closure of Dreams Of Bombay, there are now two adjacent restaurant vacancies in this building. (I don't know what, if anything, is in the upper storey).
(Hat tip to commenter MB)
This Sammi's location was way out on Broad River Road, just across Lykes Lane from the Publix plaza. I took these pictures when I originally thought it was closed, back in June of 2012.
As it turned out, they weren't closed, but just having some work done. They opened again and carried on (with an 'A') until last month.
Now it's Touchdown's Wings & Things.
When the original Biscuit House on Bluff road closed, there was an announcement that someone had bought the brand rights so as to open new Biscuit House locations inside convenience stores, much as Subway and Blimpie do. I believe that this one, in a Corner Pantry at the corner of Garners Ferry Road and Lower Richland Boulevard was the first such, and it opened sometime after March 2012. Somewhere, I have a picture of this location in operation, but can't put my hands on it right now. At any rate, as far as I know, this just leaves one other, in Irmo, from this initial roll-out.
(Hat tip to commenter Midnight Rambler)
UPDDATE 8 October 2013: As promised, I have found and added the pix of the place in operation.
I have got to say that their marquee mascot looks the least like a Chinese chef of any illustration I've seen. (Not that there's anything wrong with a European in a floppy hat dilligently applying himself and learning Chinese cooking..)
As reported by commenter Mike, The Diner on Fort Jackson Boulevard just behind the new Whole Foods is closed for "renovations". I believe this place has been open for a bit over a year and a half, launching in January 2012 in the old Jesudi's etc location.
Given that they did extensive renovations on the place before opening, it's hard to imagine what needs upgrading now. While I certainly hope it is not the case here, it seems to me that more than half the times a restaurant closes for "renovations", that turns out to be more of a hope than a plan, and the closure becomes permanent.
UPDATE 24 October 2013 -- Well, looks like that's it for The Diner:
I've taken the "remodeling" tag off the subject line.
I was not aware of this Palmetto Pig location before commenter Beth pointed out that it had closed.
AJ AMick Road is off of US-76 in Ballantine, across the street from the local Food Lion. I'm not exactly when they closed, I take it that it was a recent surprise to Beth, but the place has been closed long enough for all the Palmetto Pig signage to be taken down and for the interior to be stripped.
(Hat tip to commenter Beth)
UPDATE 24 September 2013: Commenter Mike R. puts the closing at 1 September 2013, so I have updated the post title to reflect that.
Interestingly, while I never really heard of Mac's On Main (I was vaguely aware it was there in the Walker building), the upcoming closing of the place was big enough news to make both The State and The Free Times, with The State story apparently one of their most popular for the last few days.
Clemson Road eatery CW's Grill will be opening their second location in the Mac's building while Mac's owner (whose name is "Barry", not "Mac") will be concentrating on his fruit cobbler and catering businesses.
Huller’s Black Forest German – American Restaurant, 7713 Saint Andrews Road: 14 July 2013 4 comments
I had no idea this little sunken plaza was there on Saint Andrews Road until I went looking for Huller's a few weeks ago. It's quite a ways out, North of Lake Murray Boulevard, and I don't think I had ever been in the area before.
Although Huller's announced their closing on Facebook back on 14 July 2013, the place still looks like someone could fling the doors open any minute. All the signs and menuboards are still up with the weekly specials still posted. For that matter, the main web site is still available as well.
I've been to Germany, but about all I recall about the food is the hotel breakfast had limp bacon and the one time we tried to break away from work and go to a real restaurant, the hostess stalked off in front of us leaving us to weave between tables until she had totally lost us. We never saw her again, and ended up at a Chi-Chis, as I recall it.. So anyway, I was never moved to check out Huller's though I did like their I-26 billboard which was very much in the spirit of our old State Fair friend:
(Hat tip to commenter jason)
International House of Pancakes, 1031 Assembly Street: Late July 2013 (demolition/rebuild) 2 comments
Well, while this was not unexpected (as commenter Jay raised the flag months ago), it was still a shock when I drove downtown the other night looking for some Harvest Grain & Nut Pancakes.
I guess that over the years I have eaten at this IHOP dozens of times. It was kind of like riding in an airplane to go in there: You were always sitting closer to someone else than you really wanted to be -- the positive spin would be "intimate", but the place was *tiny*, and you never knew quite what sort of conversation you would be overhearing. Still I enjoyed my visits. The waitresses seemed to keep an eagle eye out for my glass needing a refill, and the fare was basic enough that it was always pretty good.
The State has an article on the tear-down and rebuilding of this IHOP. Apparently it has been there since 1968, which sounds about right to me. The new building will be bigger and have a patio. From going by the site, it appears to me that they will be extending their site onto the vacant lot on Assembly between the IHOP and the neighbooring law office.
This was the last classic look IHOP in the Columbia area. The other one was torn down in the early 2000s and not rebuilt.
(Hat tip to commenter Jay)
I believe with this closing, the chain is down to the one in the Vista and the one on Knox Abbott.
(Hat tip to commenter J.P.)