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Harper's, 700 Harden Street: 19 April 2017   19 comments

Posted at 10:50 pm in closing





Well, this is a surprise. I had not eaten at Harper's more than four or five times over the years, but it was always perfectly fine. In fact, the last time I went, probably just a year or two ago after an absence of a dozen years or more, it seemed a good deal more upscale than I recalled. The dedicated parking lot was also a nice touch, as parking in Five Points can be a hassle.

Judging from the WLTX story flagged by commenter ED, the chain itself is OK, and continues in Charlotte & Greensboro, so there was apparently some issue specific to Columbia here.

It will be interesting to see what happens to this site.

(Hat tip to commenter ED)

UPDATE 12 March 2019 -- Work has started on the remodel for Home Team BBQ:



UPDATE 5 April 2020 -- Here are some additional pictures of Harper's I have just run across. They date from 1 February 2015:

Written by ted on April 19th, 2017

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  1. I can't remember ever actually eating at Harper's but I have spent many a St. Patrick's Day sitting on the patio drinking beer and people watching.


    20 Apr 17 at 12:13 am

  2. 836 S Bonham Rd


    20 Apr 17 at 7:44 am

  3. Oh no, where will I get my overpriced subpar food now?
    A: California Dreaming

    In all seriousness, an entire block on Five Points has been recently bought out and I know El Burrito is closing as well in the next week here. The owner wasn't originally going to sell until she saw the buyout number.

    Ignore that previous comment lol.


    20 Apr 17 at 7:46 am

  4. I had only eaten here once back in 2001 or 2002 and my wife got food poisoning, never went back after that. Still, it's a shame to see a restaurant with such a long run closing down.

    Justin B

    21 Apr 17 at 11:55 am

  5. This story has the better details:

    The landlord seemed to not be making proper or timely repairs. Plus the same restaurant group just opened 1801 Grille on Lincoln Street, so they still have a presence in town, just a trendier one.

    April Blake

    23 Apr 17 at 9:11 am

  6. Loved sitting on the patio for hours at a time. Also, I frequently did take out, picking up the Oriental chicken salad, don't know what I'll do without it.


    28 Apr 17 at 12:02 pm

  7. On the heels of this closing today's The State had a writeup inidcating that Poor House is closing as well


    6 May 17 at 11:55 pm

  8. Good Riddance!!! The Pour House where the bar owner is getting sued for chocking out a college kid and throwing him passed out onto his face in the street. It was what is known as a nuisance spot to police for some time prior to that. Always getting calls about trouble going on there.


    8 May 17 at 2:09 pm

  9. chocking, I mean choking. lol.


    8 May 17 at 2:11 pm

  10. From a lot of the comments I've heard from various sources, I'm glad I only drank at Harper's.....

    There's only two places I will still go in Five Points, Yesterday's and Group Therapy, but only during happy hour, when the clientele is more my age.


    8 May 17 at 11:40 pm

  11. Folks WIS had a report that a new eating place is looking to set up shop in this space...


    25 Nov 17 at 7:05 pm

  12. Probably a Zaxbys.


    25 Nov 17 at 10:02 pm

  13. Anyone know what was there before Harper's?

    MR Bill

    6 Feb 18 at 12:24 pm

  14. @Mr. Bill I seem to recall it was a D'Lite's, or Grandy's maybe fast food restaurant immediately before Harper's in the mid '80s. It was a car stereo place back in the day though.


    6 Feb 18 at 12:51 pm

  15. ted

    6 Feb 18 at 1:33 pm

  16. Yep - that was Rick's old business....


    6 Feb 18 at 4:39 pm

  17. I ate here once, the night I graduated from USC. Although the food was decent, it wasn't memorable. Will be interesting to see what occupies this lot next.


    7 Feb 18 at 8:24 pm

  18. Ha....I knew it was a D'Lite's (sp) at one time.


    8 Feb 18 at 12:20 pm

  19. Today's The State had a report announcing a new BBQ place called Home Team is now looking to open in this former spot...


    21 Aug 18 at 11:03 pm

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