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The Grilled Chese Company, 110 Forum Drive #1 (Village at Sandhill): 2007   13 comments

Posted at 11:51 pm in closing

Here's the thing. If you're going to call yourself The Grilled Cheese Company, you ought to have really great grilled cheese sandwiches.

I was feeling pretty low last year with a bad cold (which wasn't getting any better as in the end it turned out to be a sinus infection and to need antibiotics..), and I wanted some comfort food. A good grilled cheese sandwich sounded like it would really fill the bill, so I went out to Sandhill.

I guess what I was subconsciously expecting was some sort of deluxe affair with two or three kinds of cheese grilled between Texas toast. What I got was apparently a Kraft Processed American Cheese Food single between two slices of Sunbeam, and it was a considerable disappointment in a day that was already not going well.

Read whatever you'd like into my judgement given my general maliase and grumpiness that day, but I see the place is now gone, so I'm thinking that even if everyone else liked what they got, they also realized they could do the exact same thing at home with the ingredients they already had.

Antibiotics on the other hand, are great.

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Written by ted on July 5th, 2008

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  1. Yeah, I once worked out there and tried it once. That was it. If you can't rock a proper grilled cheese and that's your claim to fame, it's pretty sad. I never went back. I can't believe they lasted this long!


    7 Jul 08 at 4:08 pm

  2. I half-expect you to have a giant entry any week now that proclaimns the complete demise of the Village at Sandhill. File under: 'Underachieved Exurban Mixed Retail and Residential Developments,' Mr/Mrs Librarian.


    14 Jul 08 at 3:36 pm

  3. Well, I want it to be a success. And it may well be. There's still lots of people whenever I go, and a mall that size can probably afford to have a few stores fail -- remember that this blog by its mission focuses on failure.. I just don't know.


    14 Jul 08 at 3:49 pm

  4. I know a number of the closings at the Village aren't related to the Village itself - Sofa Express and Sharper Image both closed because their parent companies shut down. Atlanta Bread and Italian Pie both had franchisees who got in over their heads. The Grilled Cheese Company is, as you discovered, just a sad excuse for a restaurant.

    I don't know what happened to the restaurant across from the theater (it's now Bar Louie's though I forget what used to be there), but I remember the servers there were always stretched thin and the prices were high for what you got.


    22 Jul 08 at 12:28 pm

  5. Can someone please explain what is wrong with Sandhills? It is such a beautiful place yet it has not attracted a big name national chain. I noticed all the places closed today and am wondering why. I know the economy is bad but geez, what is wrong with that place.
    The only worthwhile place to eat there is Red Robin and its a burger place!


    27 Jul 08 at 12:15 am

  6. Well, both Moes & 5 Guys are national, and good, but I know what you mean. They both close early and are not sit-down "destination" restaurants. Perhaps the saturation of national brands on Two Notch is a factor though there are still many national brands that don't play in Columbia at all (Bennigans, Chevvys, Calif Pizza Kitchen, PF Chang, On the Border etc)


    27 Jul 08 at 12:56 am

  7. Here's another one for servers: don't sit down at my table to take my order like you're one of the party. You haven't been invited to join us. This is especially annoying if I'm alone; it looks like you're angling for me to buy you a drink.


    27 Jul 08 at 6:51 pm

  8. List of places that Sandhills needs:

    * costco (would be a GREAT anchor)
    * uno's
    * on the border
    * jack in the box
    * greenes
    * move the best buy from two notch to sandhill!

    you can hate on sandhill but the fact is if you put a good quality food place there its going to do well

    people that hate on the young kids that hang out there are stupid, i never feel unsafe there

    Tigger Tacos

    1 Aug 08 at 8:43 pm

  9. I definitely don't hate Sandhills, and I do want it to succeed.

    On the other hand, it can't help but affect my perceptions a bit that someone tried to set my car on fire there.


    1 Aug 08 at 11:07 pm

  10. Ted, you can't just toss a line like that out there and not follow it up with more details.


    4 Aug 08 at 10:33 pm

  11. Hmm. I think I mentioned it somewhere, but in the summer, I always leave the car windows open just a little bit (say 1/2 to 3/4 inch) when I park unless it looks like rain. This gives a little ariflow, and makes the car somewhat more bearable when I get back in (and protects the contents from heat damage to some extent). I have been doing this since I started driving, which is more than 30 years now, and have never had a single problem -- until I did it at Sandhills.

    When I got back to my car, I found that someone had tossed a lighted cigarette into the back seat, and that it had already burned a hole in the cushion. I think if I had cloth seatcovers rather than leather, I would have lost the car. Or if they had tossed it so it hit one of the books on the back seat, I would have lost the car. Same if I had gotten back 10 minutes later.

    The roving Security took a report, but of course there was no way to find the actual jerks.


    5 Aug 08 at 2:20 am

  12. Bella... you shouldn't complain about someone trying to be friendly to your cold ass. Based on the tone of your post, I would bet you eat alone often.


    19 Dec 08 at 4:34 pm

  13. they should put a toys r us and take learning exprees off


    24 Sep 10 at 6:29 pm

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