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Qdoba Mexican Grill, 2006 Devine Street: 9 May 2015   1 comment

Posted at 1:51 am in closing









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)

UPDATE 26 August 2015 -- As mentioned by commenter James R, Salsarita's is now open in this location:


Written by ted on May 19th, 2015

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  1. Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 05:59:15 +0000
    Author: James R

    What?! How am I supposed to finish accumulating enough points with their loyalty program for my free meal?

    Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 06:19:32 +0000
    Author: Casey G

    According to their website there are only 2 locations in SC, 1 in Mount Pleasant and 1 in North Charleston, SC. I have never tried them, but I would have liked to, but I know I love Moes Southwest Grill.

    Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 19:42:58 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Exactly, when I saw the first picture I immediately thought "Train Station".
    I'm going to say the cost of the building and property,
    or lease of property, out weighed their profits.
    Nice hat Ted.

    Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 19:52:50 +0000
    Author: Andrew

    I remember this piece of Five Points was once home to an auto service center. Then said building was torn down and sat vacant for a while. Walgreens wanted to build but there were issues with the size Walgreens wanted vs. the size limitations people were seeking. Finally it worked out and the other buildings were built with a similar architecture theme...I theorize it was some type of Five Points design guideline that dictated it but I don't know for sure...

    Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 02:41:05 +0000
    Author: Sidney

    Kenny's Auto used to sit there in that spot.

    Date: Thu, 21 May 2015 15:14:30 +0000
    Author: palmettoconnection

    I believe this building is located in the back of Kenny's parking lot across from Village idiot on the Devine side. Kenny's itself was on Blossom st. side where the Wal-greens is. Right?

    Date: Fri, 22 May 2015 19:35:21 +0000
    Author: Robert

    Yes, Kenny's was where Walgreen's is now. Many years ago, in the '70's, Kenny's was on Devine about where Jimmy John's is now. A Winn-Dixie was in the building that Kenny's moved into where Walgreen's is now. Have I completely confused everyone?

    Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 15:43:03 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Robert - at you. I'm not confused. Kenny's was at the "About where Jimmy Johns is" location now, up until about 1984.
    I had a business at the corner of Harden and Devine up until that time and Kenny's was still there.
    Of course you are correct that shortly afterward Kenny's moved into the old Winn-Dixie store.

    When Kenny's was on Devine I loved going in at least 3 times a week. It was one of the "Old Time" shops that "Reeked" of the 50's. Kenney's changed a little when they moved.

    Date: Sun, 24 May 2015 18:35:34 +0000
    Author: Andrew

    I figured that Robert spoke of memories that Rick, Homer, ted, CayceKid, tonkatoy and perhaps even TahoeChic (among others) have of Five Points that predated me...

    Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 06:42:38 +0000
    Author: Homer

    @Rick, Robert, Sidney, etc. - I think I have asked this question before but was Kenny's a grocery store before it was, well, Kenny's? I remember going with a friend of mine to take his Grandma grocery shopping back in the mid to late 70's when she was living in the Finlay House @ Blossom and Harden. I want to say it was a Winn Dixie but I'm not sure. I think there used to be a Dixie Home store in 5 Points but I think they had merged/become Winn Dixie before my time

    Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 17:13:46 +0000
    Author: Sidney

    I'm not old enough to remember what the Kenny's building used to be. But Rick mentioned that it was the old Winn Dixie. I just remember in 1988 I had to go there to get "Limo" tint for my 1977 Datsun B-210 Honey Bee. It was the only place that sold the DIY Limo tint.

    Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 18:36:46 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Dang, I didn't even notice Rick mentioning Winn Dixie. Dang senility!

    Date: Tue, 26 May 2015 21:35:47 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Homer - It's alright, I think a little senility helps one fall into that "The less we know, the happier we are" category.

    Remember the Devo song Mongoloid.
    Not that a mongoloid is senile, just one chromosome too many.

    The lyrics went,
    Mongoloid, he was a mongoloid
    Happier than you and me

    Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 03:39:57 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Don't make me pull out my Devo albums. I may never be the same again if I listen to them at 57.

    Date: Wed, 27 May 2015 16:44:36 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Homer - "Whip It" out.

    Date: Sun, 23 Aug 2015 04:41:26 +0000
    Author: James R

    Drove by this location this evening. It has reopened as a Salsarita's Fresh Cantina. Personally, I like Qdoba better than Salsarita's. Salsarita's uses too much cilantro if I remember correctly and their burritos wraps are too thin to hold the stuff inside. They always fell apart on me when I tried to eat them.

    Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 19:47:35 +0000
    Author: Rick

    @Ted - Speaking of Chips, restaurants like San Jose's and Monterey's.
    Places that serve chips and salsa free with each meal.
    Have you ever wondered if they "Recycle" the leftover chips and salsa? I mean who would know?

    Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:59:22 +0000
    Author: Justin

    @Rick - I assure you that they recycle chips. We used to recycle bread rolls back into a bread steamer at restaurants I worked at in Myrtle Beach so I'm sure they do the same with chips.

    Date: Mon, 24 Aug 2015 23:13:37 +0000
    Author: Rick

    @Justin - Ooooh. I knew that happened. Dang, No more chips, salsa or bread rolls for me.
    I've seen people at work not even wash their hands after taking a crap. YUK!
    I may quit going out to restaurants all together.

    Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 02:08:41 +0000
    Author: Sidney

    I thought about them recycling the chips before too. But I know all restaurants do some nasty things behind the scenes. I just force myself to think, as long I don't know about, I'm good. But, I also don't eat out as much as I used to.

    Speaking of San Jose's. I used to be a weekly regular at Eric's San Jose on Garners Ferry until my friend saw a roach crawling on the bar. It's been about 3 years or more now since we have gone back there. I usually eat at the one on Hardscrabble now.

    Date: Tue, 25 Aug 2015 05:51:20 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Lord, yes, they recycle chips. I won't name the place as they are no longer around, but I saw them take the uneaten chips from the tables and toss them in a tray in the kitchen. You know the next day they went right back in the warmer. Let's just hope that they didn't do the same with the salsa.

    Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:23:27 +0000
    Author: Sidney

    If you ever go to the San Jose on Hardscrabble, look at their address plate on the building. It's to the left of the door if you are looking at the door from the parking lot. And notice on the menu also the mis-spelling of the street name. Instead of Hardscrabble, they have Hardsgrabble.

    Date: Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:40:51 +0000
    Author: Rick

    I guess while I'm on a roll I have enough to make one more comment.
    I have only gone to Eric's San Jose on Garners Ferry Road one time, even though I live only about 5 to 7 minutes from there.
    The one time I ate there, I thought, "Why are there so many people here? This food is not so great to wait"
    I never went back. Now, San Jose in Blythewood has some pretty good dishes. I am a simple kind of Mexican food person. I like their beef tostadas. Flat tostada shell, well seasoned beef and that good white Mexican melting cheese.

    Or I did until Homer told me they may recycle the salsa, that's what I put on top.
    DANG... I ain't gonna be able to go back now 'cause I need the salsa. Homer, you did that!.

    Date: Fri, 28 Aug 2015 04:49:30 +0000
    Author: Homer

    @Rick - the place I was referring to wasn't recycling the salsa, it was the chips. I saw them take the left over ships from the tables and dump them one of those large gray kitchen pans that was sitting on a shelf right next to the warming station. I have never seen anyone recycle the salsa, but there have been a few times that it tasted kind of questionable.

    I have a friend that used to live off of Jackson Blvd. and we went to San Jose's a couple of times. I'm like you, the food was nothing to write home about considering how many people were there.


    19 May 15 at 5:59 am

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