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Capitol Restaurant, 1210 Main Street: May 2002   15 comments

Posted at 5:08 pm in historic,landmark,restaurants

The Capitol Restaurant was supposedly where all the wheeler-dealers from the General Assembly hung out while cutting deals. I don't know how much truth there was to that -- it's certainly within easy walking distance of the State House, but when I would look in while in the area, the interior and patrons didn't scream power players! to me.

I say "look in" because this is another of the large number of closed restaurants in Columbia that were always on "my list" and which I would visit "someday". The nearby Frog & Brassiere was another.

Supposedly First Citizen's was going to do something with the building, but they don't seem in any hury.

UPDATE 2 November 2009: Added street address to post title.

UPDATE 24 February 2013: I have added as the first picture on this post one taken by commenter Thomas in 1997. It shows Capitol Restaurant in operation, and also Capitol Newsstand (and the now vanished building that was once between them). Thanks!

UPDATE 14 November 2013 -- After extensive remodeling, this space is open again as First Citizens Cafe:

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  1. "The downtown Columbia Dunkin’ Donuts will be on the first floor of 1202 Main St. — the former space of Capital Cafe." Published in The State today.

    Chris

    24 Jun 08 at 1:36 pm

  2. Hmm, that would be this story.

    I don't think so though. The Capitol Restaurant was at 1210 Main Street. Capitol Newsstand was 1204, and The Whig was 1200, so the Capitol Cafe would have been between The Whig and Capitol Newsstand though that rings no bells..

    ted

    24 Jun 08 at 4:06 pm

  3. Went by the area last week. There is a "coming soon" Dunkin Donuts sign in front of the old Capital Newstand.

    Tom

    21 Aug 08 at 1:03 pm

  4. Dunkin' is actually coming to the old Capitol Cafe, not the newsstand.

    ted

    21 Aug 08 at 11:35 pm

  5. Anyone remember the Mister Donut chain? I liked their stuff better than Dunkin'. The one near the intersection of Trenholm and Forest was quite a hangout for my crowd in the 70s.

    FirstDennis

    22 Aug 08 at 9:09 am

  6. Yep, for a while their "Honey Dipped" was my favorite donut, and I was preturbed when they were replaced by Dunkin' on Forest (in a smaller store).

    ted

    22 Aug 08 at 11:02 am

  7. The Captiol Restaurant was one of a kind place. Everybody hung out there. Especially after 11 PM. The politicans, the party people, bookies, the people who bet, ladies of the evening, and the people who got you the ladies of the evening. 3rd shift workers, ex law enforcement personal, lawyers, doctors, judges, everybody from every walk of life went there.
    Many of the politicican and important people had their favorite bottle of booze under the counter. Go and_____ would fix your drink for you. Spent some good times therem andhad a lot of great friends. Most have past away.

    Hubert

    11 Oct 08 at 1:44 pm

  8. 12 years ago, my friends and I made our post-bar destination either the Capitol or "Martin's Eats" on Devine (which you should do a feature on - even though the building is long gone).

    I don't remember ordering anything in particular - except we ALWAYS asked for the "dirty water". I don't know what kind of bourbon he kept underneath that counter but he would add a nice healthy splash of it to your ice water if you asked for it.

    Dave

    11 Oct 08 at 5:32 pm

  9. I loved Capitol, remember the spit special. . .the old shoe. . .

    Chris

    29 Jan 09 at 12:01 am

  10. you could order a dirty shoe and a cup of mud. They would bring you a hamburger steak smothered in gravy and onions and a cup of coffee. always remember seeing butter patties on the ceiling. just loved this place......

    J D

    2 Apr 11 at 5:21 pm

  11. I loved ordering the "Spit", and we'd go here quite a bit in the mid 90's. If I remember, it was french fries with a huge burger patty over it, fried eggs over that, and then gravy on top of that. I could be wrong but that is how I remember it.

    OverMachoGrande

    21 Jul 11 at 8:26 pm

  12. I liked how on the menu, under the heading "toast and cakes" the only thing listed was buttered toast. also the "bone in" chicken sandwich ( a fried breast on a bun). great times hanging out there late night when i was in high school.

    brett

    3 Feb 12 at 5:05 pm

  13. tonkatoy

    6 Apr 12 at 12:25 pm

  14. To avoid the mad weekend night bar rush at the IHOP on Assembly, I opted for a cheeseburger here the night that Eric Rudolf bombed the Olympics, and sat in here for about an hour watching the event unfold on CNN. --Yeah, they stayed open late.

    SJeffcoat

    20 May 13 at 12:40 pm

  15. Capitol had a menu item called "The Shoe". It was a big ole piece of salsbury steak served on top of a pile of mashed potatoes. It was exactly what your stomach needed at 1am after five Points!

    Doug

    3 Nov 14 at 9:49 am

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