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Saky Japanese Restaurant, 4963 Fort Jackson Boulevard: 4 October 2015 (temporary)   16 comments

Posted at 10:06 pm in closing

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Here's another Great Flood of 2015 casualty.

This little restaurant on the Fort Jackson gate off I-77 has been there under one name or another for years. Originally, it was Saki, then when the current owner, who was working for the former owners, bought it out, he changed the name to Saky. This is what The State had to say:

“Who expected all this rain and the flood?” Sun Suk said as repairs continue on the eatery on Fort Jackson Boulevard at I-77.

The 7,500-square-foot structure housing Saky was damaged by the same flash flood Oct. 4 that inundated homes in the King’s Grant neighborhood.

Saky bore the brunt of the flood on its side of the road.

Two feet of water came inside and a tree fell on part of the restaurant after the bank of a nearby creek eroded in the rush of water.

“I walked in and it was a little wet, so I thought maybe it wasn’t too bad,” Sun said. “Then I went in back and could see the sky from inside of the building, so I knew I had a big problem.”

The first picture is from some years ago, the others from after the flood, though I could not get too close.

Hopefully they will be back soon.

16 Responses to 'Saky Japanese Restaurant, 4963 Fort Jackson Boulevard: 4 October 2015 (temporary)'

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  1. I ate there once about 10 years ago and despite the looks of the building the food was quite good. I'm not really into sushi; very choosy about what I will pick. I'm not really into eating raw meat even though most people would question that when they see me with a steak.

    I heard that this building use to be an off-base club for the fort. Does anyone have any info about this?

    Homer

    3 Dec 15 at 1:53 am

  2. My mom used to go here all the time in the 70's when I was a "wee little lad", lol. I must have been less than 5 years old because I wasn't in school at the time. There was a club inside. As you walk in, you went to the left and that was the restaurant. Half way in to the restaurant, there was a door to the right, that was the club. I want to say that it was a strip club at that time. The original owner is still alive and kicking and still lives in the same house in the same neighborhood my parents live in. I see her every now and then but she obviously doesn't remember who I am.

    Sidney

    3 Dec 15 at 6:28 am

  3. Never went to Saki or Saky. I grew up on that side of town and remember seeing the building for many years, it always seemed wrong for some reason. Right outside the main gate to Fort Jackson.
    Before I-77 was built, this was the main entrance to the fort. Now from time to time when I get off I-77 onto Jackson Blvd or vice versa, I look at the building and the old main gate to get on post and it still seems wrong to me. Almost like a ghost town or something abandoned from the past.

    Rick

    3 Dec 15 at 12:53 pm

  4. I had a former colleague that it made no sense to her how there a Fort Jackson Bolevard yet it isn't the main entrance to Ft. Jackson itself. Ft. Jackson's main entrance is on Forest Drive...she and I were both puzzled and I grew up here (she did not)...

    Andrew

    4 Dec 15 at 6:38 pm

  5. Speaking of Ft Jackson gates, I can understand not being able to go in a certain gate, but going out? Nobody can go out of the gate at Ft Jackson Blvd. It doesn't matter how close you are to that gate, you have to drive all the way to Forest Dr just to leave Ft. Jackson. Never understood that concept.

    Sidney

    5 Dec 15 at 12:42 am

  6. What gate was it that used to connect with Percival Rd. before I-77 was built?

    Homer

    5 Dec 15 at 1:43 am

  7. I want to say that was Gate 3. And the one on the Leesburg side was Gate 5. The Forest Dr one was always Gate 1 when it was right there by the new shopping center they are building on Forest Drive. There used to be a country/western bar that my parents went to all the time that was right outside the gate. Someone correct me if I am wrong but I think it was called Cecil's Bar. There used to be a small shoppette right there (on the corner) to the left as you came in the gate from Fort Jackson.

    Sidney

    6 Dec 15 at 12:34 am

  8. On that last line, I meant to say, ...as you came into Fort Jackson from Forest Drive.

    Sidney

    6 Dec 15 at 12:36 am

  9. @Sidney - So that makes Gate 4 the one off of Percival on the other side of I-77, right? I think it's called Boynton Arbor Rd. or something like that.

    I remember there used to be a strip joint, The Carriage House, that was located where Percival comes out into Forest. Man, that was a dive!!

    I used to, kind of, know my way around the fort years ago when all you needed was a drivers license to get in to use it for a shortcut. But now, I wouldn't even try....

    Homer

    6 Dec 15 at 3:22 am

  10. Trivia note: 'Saki' was the name of the owner. Possibly renaming it as 'Saki' was meant to a) indicate that there wa a new owner, and b) show continuity.

    badger

    6 Dec 15 at 6:45 am

  11. CORRECTION: The Forest Drive gate was always GATE 2 not GATE 1.

    @Homer, correct, Boyden Arbor is Gate 4, although growing up on Fort everyone just called it Boyden Arbor Gate. Speaking of this gate. If you have ever gone into this gate, you will know it's a good stretch of road, maybe a mile long or just a bit more (it's been more than 20 years since I went down that road). I don't understand why the Fort didn't build up that gate to be used for graduation. There are no roads to turn off of once you get on that road from Percival Rd. I just think they should have had the gates at the end of that street. That could alleviate all the congestion on Forest Drive on graduation days.

    I know before 9/11 and just after it (while they were building up Gate 2), they used it for graduation days. But they had the check point right inside the gate. This caused a MAJOR backup on Percival Road. I used to live in a trailer park 2 blocks from Boyden Arbor gate and it was hell getting out to go to work in the mornings of graduation.

    I remember the Carriage House even though I lived on Fort from the ages of 2-13 ('73-'84). My sister used to work at the Corner Store, so we passed that place a million times. But the country club I was talking about was, I think, 3 buildings over from the Carriage House. I want to say it was the first building on the right as you came out of Fort Jackson. It was a wooden building and I think it was torn down a little after the highway came through.

    Sidney

    6 Dec 15 at 11:00 pm

  12. @Sidney - I know they have cracked down on civilians accessing the fort, but what about the portions that were set aside for public use, such as the museums and the water park. I've read that unless you are active/retired military, a civilian employee or have a DoD association you can't even get in any longer except for events line the Torchlight Tattoo; and I heard they are very restrictive about those.

    Homer

    8 Dec 15 at 1:13 am

  13. Idk. Since my dad is retired, I can still get a monthly pass onto the base. I just have to renew the it either every month (which doesn't happen with me) or just anytime I go back on base. I really don't have any reason to go on base except for the very rare time my mom wants or needs me (instead of my sister or my dad) to take her.

    I went on base 3 times this year. Went and checked out my old neighborhood. They replaced all the old houses with brand new houses with garages. It seems very claustrophobic now. The houses are closer to the road than they were when I lived there. Man, I have a ton of memories of Fort Jackson.

    I guess if someone really wants to get on base, you could always go on graduation days. I'm not sure if they ask who you are going to see graduate or not.

    Sidney

    8 Dec 15 at 7:18 am

  14. My dad has a longtime friend who was in the Army during the Vietnam war era and from what I understand stemming from that connection much of it depends in the commanding general. Different ones have different procedures and protocols they've established.

    Andrew

    8 Dec 15 at 9:37 am

  15. @Sidney - thank goodness you were too young to experience The Carriage House. It was a place that only someone that had their first weekend of freedom after basic training would be ready to go to.

    I went there one time, back in the 80's, for a co-workers bachelor party and that one experience will be burned into my brain until the day I die.

    Everyone's body is asymmetrical, but these girls took it to a new degree, if you get my gist. These were only women that Mama could love. And don't even ask about their teeth.

    The groom to be went to the back for a 'private dance' and came running out less that a minute later. I can't, for civility here, repeat what he said about the encounter but it was BAD....

    Homer

    9 Dec 15 at 3:37 am

  16. The Carraige House is here.

    ted

    9 Dec 15 at 9:04 am

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