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Plato's Grecian Cafe, 810 Dutch Square Boulevard: 1990s   10 comments

Posted at 4:19 pm in historic,restaurants

Plato's Grecian Cafe was tucked into a strip mall across the street from Dutch Square; today it's a Personnel company. I went there several times over the years, but it never really clicked for me. I always thought of it mainly as a pizza place, and though the pizza was fine, it was not in the running for Best Pizza in Columbia.

The last time I was there, they had some sort of live music. I can't recall if it were a pop band or some kind of Greek folk thing, but anyway that seemed to be where their focus was that night, and I found the table service really suffered for it. Since my inclination to stop was never strong, I never got around to going back after that, and didn't notice for a while that the place was gone.

UPDATE 2 March 2011: Add full street address and ad from the Feb 1990 Bellsouth Yellow Pages

Written by ted on June 30th, 2008

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  1. They had live music every weekend. My neighbor at the time was in a band and they played at Platos about once a week.

    gary

    2 Jul 08 at 6:40 am

  2. Well, my fault for going on the weekend then. I like live music, but not with my meal.

    ted

    2 Jul 08 at 12:13 pm

  3. They closed sometime in 2002 or 2003. I had a two-day temp job in that building in January '02, and the boss bought my lunch there the first day. I picked up take-out a few times after that but can't remember exactly when they closed.

    sandy

    31 Dec 08 at 12:39 am

  4. I used to get one Gyro and one Souvlaki sandwich delivered from there to the Park Apartments off Broad River Road. I had to order 2 of these massive (1980s definition of that word) just to get it over the $10 delivery limit.

    JC

    23 May 09 at 12:30 am

  5. massive "pita-bread sandwiches", that is.

    JC

    23 May 09 at 12:31 am

  6. I also remember the Cokesbury book store being in this mall, and it was a secular bookstore then. When they moved out to Broad River Road, as I recall, they converted to a religious bookstore.

    59 Ford Wheelman

    15 Oct 09 at 7:11 pm

  7. They had a GREAT hamburger! Many years ago, I worked off of Stoneridge, and Plato's was a regular lunch spot for us.

    MPB

    16 Dec 09 at 4:44 pm

  8. They had the BEST fried mushrooms! They were fresh, not frozen, coated in crispy cornmeal batter and served with tzsiki sauce, so good....

    Ali

    4 Jan 10 at 3:31 pm

  9. I use to work in the building and would go Plato's at least twice a week. I even dated a girl that worked part time and went to USC. One of the son's of the owner use to run it...very cool guy!

    Keith

    4 Mar 13 at 5:28 pm

  10. Wasn't Platos the primary host of the big annual Columbia Greek Festival?

    JBL

    4 Mar 13 at 10:09 pm

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