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Varsity / D'Jasz / JS Renee, 1212 Sunset Drive: June 2014   5 comments

Posted at 12:30 am in restaurants

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Hungry hungry hippo..

I've always wondered if this little diner by the North Main Sonic was originally connected with the old North Main Street Varsity Restaurant.

While the Varsity name and pennant have always been there as far as I can recall, J S Renee is fairly recent. Back in the 90s and until sometime in the 2000s, the sub-marquee was D'Jasz which apparently also had a location on Rosewood.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on June 28th, 2014

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Church's Chicken, 455 York Street Aiken: mid 2000s   7 comments

Posted at 10:26 pm in out-of-area,restaurants

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Well, there was some chatter on Have Your Say the other day about Church's Chicken, so I thought I would bring out these Church's pictures from Aiken. They were taken on a fairly recent visit this March, but I believe the restaurant has been vacant since before I left Aiken around 2005 or so. The place is on the stretch of US-1 (York Street) between I-20 exit 22 and downtown proper. Or perhaps you can consider Hampton Avenue to be the start of downtown (and Aiken's weird double streets). LoopNet says the building is in the city limits proper. (They also seem to be saying it can be reused, but the current state is a good bit more decrepit than the picture they use, and I have my doubts).

Written by ted on June 19th, 2014

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Sulley's Bar & Grill, 2005 Beltline Boulevard: June 2014   18 comments

Posted at 12:58 am in restaurants

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Sulley's was the follow-on operation to D's Wings after that moved out to Sparkleberry. They opened in late June or early July of 2013, so they were there for about a year.

This was another place that was on my "eventually" list, that I never got around to visiting in time. I don't know why that is, as it is fairly close to me, and when D's was there, it was a comfortable spot for a leisurely meal.

(Hat tip to commenter John)

Written by ted on June 19th, 2014

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Wing Nuts, 280 Harbison Boulevard Suite A: 2014   20 comments

Posted at 12:33 am in restaurants

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Wing Nuts was in the old Sesame Inn slot in the Outback plaza on Harbison. (I used to call it the Barnes & Noble plaza). Online reviews were not.. overly positive, but then nobody goes online to leave a good review.

Interestingly, the place has been on the market as a turn-key running business since last October (October 2013), as can be seen in these two LoopNet listings, here and here listings. That apparently did not work, as the place is now fairly gutted.

(Hat tip to commenter Ellen)

Written by ted on June 17th, 2014

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Pepper's Bistro, 601 Main Street Suite D: June 2014   5 comments

Posted at 12:37 am in restaurants

8 September 2013:

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15 June 2014:

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This place, by Yoghut in the Adesso building at the corner of Main & Blossom Streets was apparently a sister operation to Peppers House Of Pizza on Garners Ferry, and continued on several months after that one closed. If it were going to close, I guess the timing is not surprising. This building is right across from USC, and I imagine that anytime school is out is hard on the restaurants in this whole little strip (especially given the problematic parking for non-locals).

(Hat tip to commenter Payne)

Written by ted on June 16th, 2014

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Bangkok Restaurant, 7509 Garners Ferry Road Suite H: May 2014 (moved)   2 comments

Posted at 11:53 pm in restaurants

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Bangkok Thai-Chinese restaurant has moved across Garners Ferry from its old home in the Southern Salvage plaza to the Wal-Mart outparcel plaza. This is the former site of Larry's Subs and Steve's Subs. It was also the site of Japan Grill about which I need to do a closing.

(Hat tip to commenter Badger).

Written by ted on June 13th, 2014

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China Max, Richland Mall: May 2014 (moved)   16 comments

Posted at 12:00 am in restaurants

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If you look closely at the three pictures above (especially the last one), you can see China Max in operation at the (second) Richland Mall food court.

Commenter MrBO sends in the next two pictures, showing that China Max has now moved shop from the food court to Harden Street. I believe this leaves the food court completely empty, possibly leading some of the call center folks to actually try the pizza at the Barnes & Nobel cafe.

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This is another in a long series of blows to the mall, which would be bad enough, but management adds to the problem by adopting an air of defeat, as in, for instance, turning off the elevator fountains and pool, retiring the Christmas singing bears and more recently, closing off the upper level entrance and walk-through for Belk's:

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(Hat tip to commenter MrBO)

15 July 2014 -- added an additional picture, though it doesn't really add much value.

Written by ted on June 13th, 2014

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McAlister's Deli, 119 Sparkleberry Lane: 2014 (moving soon)   6 comments

Posted at 10:54 pm in restaurants

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Commenter Bobby notes that this McAlister's Deli at the corner of Sparkleberry Lane and Graces Way will be moving down Two Notch soon to set up shop by Hobby Lobby.

If I am reading this historical listing right, then the property has been sold once in the last couple of years already. (If there's a more current listing, google is not making it obvious to me).

As I think I have mentioned before, I have never really warmed up to this chain, possibly because you have to go to the counter to beg for drink refills.

(Hat tip to commenter Bobby)

Written by ted on June 11th, 2014

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Kovachi's, 309 South Lake Drive: May 2014   12 comments

Posted at 12:00 am in restaurants

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Here's an older house set up as a restaurant on Lexington's South Lake Drive. I try to keep tabs on local pizza, but this one is not really local to me, and I'm afraid I had never heard of it before they closed up shop. The place kind of sits on a little hill, and I think it would have been nice to eat on the deck and look over the comings and goings on the road.

According to their sign, they are moving, but to where is not clear. Commenter Brian notes that the main chef has moved to All Star Pizza Company at 2001 Augusta Road.

(Hat tip to commenter Brian)

Written by ted on June 6th, 2014

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Hombre's / Dino's, 1801 Decker Boulevard: 25 May 2014   36 comments

Posted at 11:23 pm in restaurants

Written by ted on June 3rd, 2014

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