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Manhatten Bagel / Just Fresh Bakery Cafe & Market / Bad Ass Coffee Company / Quiznos Sub, 817 Harden Street: October 2009   10 comments

Posted at 3:49 am in Uncategorized

I have never found a sub place I like as well as Dagwood's Deli in Surfside Beach. Most other sub places feel very down-market with indifferently bussed, hard, booths and the feeling that you're meant to wolf your sub and bolt the premises. It's been several years, but I recall the only Quiznos I've ever been in (in Arlington VA) the same way, and was not impressed.

Be that as it may, this Quizno in Five Points is now history, the latest of several fairly short lived operations in the Harden Street storefront.

I don't remember the Bad Ass Coffee Company at all, but apparently it received an SBA loan in December 2005 to set up business at 817. I do think I vaguely recall seeing the other recent business there, The Just Fresh Bakery Cafe & Market, but never stopped by. It will be interesting to see what goes in next.

(Hat tip to commenter MB)

UPDATE 10 Jan 2010: Added "Manhatten Bagel" to the post title based on the comments.

UPDATE 11 May 2010: Updated the post title to change "Quiznos Subs" to "Quiznos Sub". Interestingly (or not), in this post I remember my experience with Quiznos in the DC area as "not impressed" while today I recalled it much more positively. They say the memory is the first thing to, um what were we talking about?

Written by ted on January 10th, 2010

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10 Responses to 'Manhatten Bagel / Just Fresh Bakery Cafe & Market / Bad Ass Coffee Company / Quiznos Sub, 817 Harden Street: October 2009'

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  1. This storefront was a Manhattan Bagel in the early 2000's.


    10 Jan 10 at 8:09 am

  2. Most of the Quiznos locations have closed in town. The one at Harbison closed a while back and the one on Forest Drive in the Wal Mart shopping center closed a little while back.


    10 Jan 10 at 1:00 pm

  3. Given the fact the parent comapny seems to be doing ok, I suspect the local franchisee must have some problems.


    10 Jan 10 at 6:36 pm

  4. The only thing I remember about the Bad Ass Coffee Company was an article in The State about how people were coming downtown for church, and were offended by the name when they drove by it.


    11 Jan 10 at 9:58 am

  5. BA Coffee was in the space where Mucho Margarita is. They designed their sign to fit into the BAC signage frame and pretty much left the counters and tropical theme of the fixtures as is.

    Quizno's was already in the lefthand space when BAC opened.
    Manhattan Bagel took up the entire retail space, which was subdivided after an extended vacancy following the closure of Just Fresh, the successor to Manhattan Bagel.


    11 Jan 10 at 10:51 am

  6. This was between my 2 favorite college hangouts, Don's and The Villa.


    11 Jan 10 at 2:16 pm

  7. I went to Bad Ass one evening with a small group. The coffee was so-so (I've had worse at the Thicket) but the biggest problem was how long it took to make the drinks. I distinctly remember wanting a drink that wasn't fancy at all, like an Americano, and having to explain what it was. I got the impression the owners were just opening a store to ride the coffee wave and not really that into coffee.


    27 Apr 10 at 10:15 pm

  8. When they first opened the coffee was great. It was because the owner was in there training and making sure everything was done right. After that I noticed the coffee sucked. You have to make sure you hire the right people. It was a bunch of college kids in there running it, and they didn't care if the coffee was good or not. To them it was just a job.


    25 Jun 11 at 3:42 pm

  9. Oddly enough I use to meet my parents there for coffee on the weekends. I was in my late 20's to early 30's so I have fond memories.


    18 Sep 12 at 8:48 pm

  10. I remember the article about Bad Ass Coffee. Supposedly they were out of Hawaii, and they served Hawaiian coffee. I stopped in once in about April 2007, and found the coffee to be drinkable, but the Cheezy papier Mache and Palm Front Tiki motif was the tackiest thing I'd ever seen in a Coffeehouse. If I went to 5 points, I kept to Adrianas and Starbucks after that. -- They folded during the financial crisis.


    18 May 13 at 10:05 am

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