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Oak Grove Supperette / San Jose Restaurante Mexicano / The Carolina Grill, 4510 Augusta Road: late 2000s (moved)   8 comments

Posted at 3:06 am in closing

I never ate at this San Jose on US-1 near the I-20 interchange. Firstly, it's not near anywhere I usually am, and secondly (and more importantly..) it looked pretty suspect as far as quality goes.

At first I assumed it had just gone under (and was somewhat surprised at all the stuff left inside), but driving down the road towards I-20, I found a very nice looking new San Jose restaurant, so I assume it moved to the new building though there are so many San Jose places in Columbia that I can't swear it's the same operation.

UPDATE 16 Jan 2010: Commenter JB says this used to be The Oak Grove Superette, so I've added that to the post title.

UPDATE 4 March 2010 -- Here's the new San Jose building:

UPDATE 20 Jan 2011: Added "The Carolina Grill" to the post title based on the comments.

UPDATE 20 May 2021: Adding map icon and updating tags.

UPDATE 25 January 2023: Add tag.

Written by ted on January 15th, 2010

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8 Responses to 'Oak Grove Supperette / San Jose Restaurante Mexicano / The Carolina Grill, 4510 Augusta Road: late 2000s (moved)'

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  1. They moved down the street into a brand new building.


    15 Jan 10 at 11:11 am

  2. Originally this building used to be the Oak Grove Superette. I don't know when it was opened but I'd guess somewhere around the late 60's when that area was developing. I remember it closing somewhere around the mid 90's, around the same time the Piggly Wiggly opened up about a half-mile down the road.


    16 Jan 10 at 8:39 am

  3. Yes, it is the same San Jose that has moved down the street. We dined at the old location often; it looked divey from the outside but the food was great and service was superb. Most of the orignal staff work at the new location.


    18 Feb 10 at 10:16 am

  4. the superette was open well after the Pig in wanna say it was still open or had just closed when I graduated high school in 97. Before it was San Jose it was a batting cage. The san jose built the new building because there was a major water issue and DHEC shut it down and the land owner could afford to fix it


    6 Oct 10 at 4:29 pm

  5. This location also had a short lived stint as "The Carolina Grill". They served fried chicken, sandwiches, and ice cream. There were also batting cages outside.


    20 Jan 11 at 7:31 pm

  6. My dad was the manager at Oakgrove Superette
    During the 1980's. He left around 88/89.
    I have some very fond memories
    Of that store. In the fall of 1984, they
    Had one of the first video rental services.
    The vcrs used BETA tapes. I remember renting
    Purple Rain and Footloose when they were still fresh.


    14 Feb 13 at 10:02 pm

  7. In middle school, my friend lived behind the Oak Grove Supperette off Maple road. Mrs. Dearlove was her Mama and she worked there in the kitchen for a while. She made the BEST biscuits. I remember the owner. Such a sweet man.

    Catherine Goodman

    1 Feb 22 at 1:42 pm

  8. The Oak Grove Superette was run/owned by a gentleman named Kent. My grandparents and great grandparents, who lived in Oak Grove, referred to the Oak Grove Superette simply as "Kent's" and my great grandmother who lived on Cromer Road shopped there (purchased from there) as they were kind enough to deliver the items directly to my great grandmother's house. Strong customer service made for loyal customers from my family!

    Rob T

    8 Dec 23 at 12:00 am

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