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Nick's Gyros & Grill, 2632 Decker Boulevard: Spring 2015   1 comment

Posted at 2:19 am in closing

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I wondered at the time about Nick's opening in this old Taco Bell as it seemed quite close to their flagship location on Two Notch.

In the event, it appears the Decker location is now independant (though seemingly with a similar menu). Feel Goods is the new name.

UPDATE 16 April 2015: Added first two pictures of Nick's in operation.

Written by ted on April 14th, 2015

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  1. Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:16:38 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Comment: Such an iconic building.
    With exception to the round sign out front,
    it still looks like a Taco Bell.

    Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 16:43:05 +0000
    Author: Andrew

    Comment: Rick got me to thinking of two other buildings that still look much like Taco Bell...one on Knox Abbott Drive that now houses Auto Money Title Loans and the Taboo on Devine Street that also has much of the Taco Bell build from an era similar to this one...I for one have never been able to warm up to the idea of eating there...I don't know how it's iconic except for it showcases a design Taco Bell used to use which I could see being of interest to those that actually like Taco Bell.

    Not only that, up the street from this one at 7228 Parklane Rd, there's a place called Gold Liquor & Wine that looks like a former KFC to me despite the fact that I don't remember the KFC being there.

    KJ's Market IGA (543 St. Andrews Road) still looks like a Food Lion and if you set foot inside, you'll see it still has much of the Food Lion decor.

    My dad thinks it's a matter of saving on the cost of a remodel.

    Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 20:34:04 +0000
    Author: Andrew

    Comment: BTW Ted when you said that the Decker location appears to be independent...I think that Nick's locations have been independent all along.

    I haven't been to this one as I don't ride down Decker Blvd. very often but I have on a few occasions eaten at Nick's Gyros & Subs at 780 St. Andrews Road (former Steak out/Tony O's Pizza and prior to Steak Out it had a gas station (never made note of what it was called)) and on the signage it references that this Nick's is independent of several other similar Nick's locations that are around such as this one, Two Notch, Broad River, etc. My guess is that it's either same business with different franchise owners or there's some wording in the full name of the business that makes it difference (eg Nick's Gyros & Subs of St. Andrews, Nick's Gyros of Subs of Two Notch, etc.)

    I haven't been to this one myself but it could very well be a name chance due to a franchise issue and/or change in ownership.

    Date: Tue, 14 Apr 2015 22:42:02 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Comment: @Andrew - You mentioned "Those that actually like Taco Bell"
    Pretty Good, Taco Bell is the McDonalds of tacos. Blah!
    What's good at McDonalds? I like a Mac every now and then of a Fish sandwich but, even then, I've gotta be really hungry and in a hurry to half way enjoy it.

    I remember my dad saying McD's sucked when I was young.
    He didn't hold back.

    Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:43:23 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment: As Rick and I have commented in the past about the glories of Taco Cid, I have to admit that I used to like Taco Bell. After Taco Cid left the St. Andrew's area TB was the only fast food Mexican joint around. They used to have their own version of what Cid called the sancho and the Big Red. They weren't as good as Cid's but they would do in a pinch. I think the best thing they have on the meny is the apple empanada. The caramel apple taste actually reminds me of the fair. My Mom is addicted to the Mexican Pizza. But I can make one that's a heck of a lot better.

    Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 04:44:34 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment: BTW - Mickey D's has sucked since the days when you could get a burger, fries and a shake for less that a buck.......

    Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 09:58:21 +0000
    Author: Terry

    Comment: Eating at a McDonald's for me is nostalgic. Somehow the chain has maintained the flavor of the burgers for decades and I enjoy the familiarity every so often.
    It is interesting to hear some leaders of industry talk about their first jobs in high school at their local McDonald's.

    Date: Wed, 15 Apr 2015 20:42:45 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Comment: @Homer- I made the trek to Taco Cid this past Saturday night. As has been mentioned here recently, Taco Cid moved from Charleston Highway to Platt Springs Road.
    The buzz is their old building was falling apart so they decided to move into a strip mall. I'm not so sure that is the reason.
    I do not see Taco Cid lasting much longer. Why do I say that?
    It was 6:30 on a Saturday night, NO one was there except my wife and I. Their soft drink dispenser had notes on all the different selections except diet cola that said "OUT", other than diet all they had was iced tea. After I placed my order I was told they were out of refried beans. The taco sauce/cutlery station was another indication something is wrong. In the past, three different taco sauces were available including salsa and the containers were kept full, all the sauce containers were almost empty as well as the jalapenos. The cutlery bins with knives, forks and spoons were empty except for a few forks, maybe 10 or 11 at the most. The little plastic Solo cups used to put sauce in was also empty except for a dozen or so cups. This sauce station has always been well stocked.
    In the past each table had napkin dispensers full of napkins, all were empty, there was one table with a half used roll of paper towels that we grabbed to use instead of napkins.
    We ordered two number one dinners that we have had a hundred times before and know how they are made , this time only a few strands of shredded cheese on each taco.
    Two of their regular employees were working so this says that was not an issue.
    All of the above is an indication to me that things are not going well.

    @Ted - Keep your eyes open for this soon to be closing.

    Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:43:32 +0000
    Author: Sidney

    Comment: @Andrew, there was a KFC on Parklane before (closed in the early 90's). Not sure of the address but it was between the little mini-mart and the little shopping center behind the Firestone.

    Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 00:46:49 +0000
    Author: Sidney

    Comment: @Andrew, I found this with a google search. It is the same building that you speak of.

    7228 Parklane Road
    Columbia, SC
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    Owner: KENTUCKY FRIED CHICKEN / OF COLUMBIA INC
    Total land value: $144,400
    Total value for property: $285,100
    Tax assessed: $17,110
    Base area of building: 3,102 square feet
    Year property was built: 1973
    Assessment for fiscal year: 2009/2010
    Add information or comment about the property at 7228 Parklane Road
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    Read more: http://www.city-data.com/richland-county/P/Parklane-Road-3.html#ixzz3XQdnULlL

    Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 07:04:15 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment: @Rick - did Taco Cid ever serve beer? I might be thinking of some other place, but I vaguely remember a a tap on the wall behind the service counter at the old Broad River Rd. location.

    It does sound like they are on the final slide to oblivion.

    I'll have to do a power search to see if I can find any recipes that look like a sancho or a Big Red.

    Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 12:19:19 +0000
    Author: John R

    Comment: @Homer- Yes, Taco Cid served beer. At first they had draft, then years later they switched to bottled beer.

    Date: Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:04:56 +0000
    Author: Rick

    Comment: @Homer and John - I've been eating at Taco Cid for many years and I do not remember them selling beer.
    I'm not saying they did not sell beer, I'm just saying I do not remember.
    That would not be surprising because, as much as I enjoy beer, I do not enjoy beer with food, and had they sold beer, I would have paid no attention to the fact that they did.
    When I'm drinking, I don't eat, and when I'm eating, I don't drink. That's just the way it is with me.
    As a matter of fact, if I'm drinking and then eat, I'm done, time to go home and to bed.
    I mean I can deal with snacks while drinking, pretzels, nuts, chips, etc. But put a meal in front of me, and that's the grand finale.

    Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 05:08:02 +0000
    Author: Homer

    Comment: Thanks, John. I didn't think I was dreaming that. My recollection was about downing some tacos and beer with some buddies while loading up the old jukebox and playing whatever video game they had at the time.

    Like Rick, I don't eat and drink any more. It's one or the other. I enjoy my food way to much to let the alcohol fill me up before I chow down. The only time I mix the two is to grab a bite before I head home to hit the sack. Can anyone say Waffle House?

    Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:11:40 +0000
    Author: palmettoconnection

    Comment: Yes, The Taco Cid on Decker sold beer.

    ted

    14 Apr 15 at 4:16 pm

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