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Posted at 4:35 pm in Uncategorized

Here's the deal: This blog is (mostly) about businesses in Columbia, SC which have closed.

How often have you gone to a favorite store or restaurant and found the doors locked and all the tables and chairs stacked against the back wall? Did you wish there was a place to vent about it, say how you saw it coming, or give the inside scoop on what happened? I'd like this to be that place.

As I notice businesses that have closed, I'll post entries on them. If I was a patron, I'll post a few thoughts, if I wasn't, I'll just note the passing. I hope that you, should anyone actually find this blog, can fill in the details with your comments.

In general, this blog will deal, as the title suggests, with Columbia SC. However, I also spend a good deal of time on the Grand Strand, so I won't hesitate to mention closings there, if it strikes my fancy. I also won't hesitate to make "remember when?" posts about places that closed years ago.

Update: I have closed comments on this post because I have moved the text to a "page", which will stay visible for the long term rather than scrolling off. Please leave any additional comments there.

Written by ted on December 29th, 2007

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  1. Hey man! i have totally enjoyed reading the pages on this blog, brought back a lot of memories!!


    11 Apr 08 at 3:28 pm

  2. Thanks Christy!


    11 Apr 08 at 11:34 pm

  3. Love love love this site. How 'bout some memories of: Granby's Sandwich Shop on the USC campus; Mauro's at USC and 3 Diamond Lane (both were faves of mine when visiting friends back in the late 70s at USC); Cromer's at Dutch Square Mall with the glassed monkey cage and funhouse mirrors at their entrance; World of Gifts at Dutch Square (with all its incense, crepe paper flowers and trinkets from all over); Captain's Kitchen on Decker Blvd (Dentsville); the Bounty (off Sumter Highway and its boat on the water and gift shop); and I can't recall the name but the fancy downtown (gervais?) restaurant in the 60s with the flashing, neon lobster signs on the exterior? Oh gosh, and then there was the Elite Epicurean on Main Street; the Chopping Block near Dutch Square (a prom night must in the 70s); Steak and Ale on Forest Drive....I could go on and on.....great memories, all.

    Robin McMillin

    22 May 08 at 3:56 pm

  4. Thanks Robin!

    Unfortunately I don't remember Mauro's. I've thought off & on about doing something about Cromer's at Dutch Square, but have held off since I don't have any pictures. I may do a Captain's Kitchen if Zorbas (in the same building) closes (and it is on its last legs now..).


    22 May 08 at 4:04 pm

  5. Ted,

    Just wanted to thank you for keeping up this website/blog. I've really enjoyed it. I've only been in Columbia 11 years so anything before the late 90's is before my time, but it's still great to read about it.

    Keep up the good work!

    FYI: I originally got a link to this place via Free Times.


    29 May 08 at 1:04 pm

  6. Thanks!

    The Free Times ad has been working pretty well..


    29 May 08 at 1:41 pm

  7. What a COOL site you have created here.

    So, I'm not a Columbia native, but I have been living here since June 2005. Prior to that, I used to come down for various work-related visits. Anyway... was there ever an eatery here called the Seaboard Diner? Back in '93-'94ish, I remember being drunk & hungry and going there (or somewhere) really late at night and eating my very first pimiento cheeseburger. I wound up having to use a fork to finish that sandwich due to it being so sloppy-good. Am I close to being right? Please advise.

    - Bud

    Bud Anderson

    7 Jun 08 at 11:23 pm

  8. Thanks Bud!

    Yes, there was a "Seabord Diner" It was, I believe, originally associated with "Seaboard Coast Lines", a railroad, and was at the old train station in what is now the "Vista" on Gervais Street. Later it moved down the street a bit, and to the other (South) side of the road and was a 24 hour operation. I forget exactly when it closed, but I don't think it made it to Y2K.


    8 Jun 08 at 12:24 am

  9. Can you do a write-up about "Beulah's"? It was a bar/restaurant that was housed where Bull Market now is. It often had blues bands playing outside on under the old train station's awning.




    12 Jun 08 at 9:01 am

  10. Well, I don't have any personal memories of the place, so I can't do much, but perhaps I can take a few pictures and let people talk about it in the comments.


    12 Jun 08 at 11:06 am


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