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Savannah's All-U-Can-Eat Buffet, 7371 Two Notch Road: Never Opened   7 comments

Posted at 12:43 am in Uncategorized

On the unfortunate theme of restaurants that never opened, I'm afraid we probably have to add Savannah's on Two Notch Road.

I wrote about this building first when it had stopped being Santa Fe Mexican Restaurant, before being which, it had stopped being a Shoney's.

As you can see in that closing, when the Savannah's signage initially went up (or when it was actually just a notice under the defunct Santa Fe signage), the original promise for Savannah's was

Grand Opening May 1 2009

Well, May 1 came and went. I believe the signage was adjusted a couple of times with different opening dates promised, then left as you see it here with the hopeful but indefinite

Grand Opening 2009

Obviously, that didn't happen either.

Looking in the windows, it appears that a good deal still must be done, with very little sign that work is ongoing (I've certainly never seen any crews working as I drove past). I certainly wish them the best, but I'm afraid that 2009 was just a very bad year to try to open a restaurant.

UPDATE 21 May 2010 -- As commenter Ken reports, it looks like this place has given up trying to get ready to open and is now simply for lease:

UPDATE 18 Feb 2011 -- Looks like it's to be another Wata Wing:

Written by ted on January 21st, 2010

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7 Responses to 'Savannah's All-U-Can-Eat Buffet, 7371 Two Notch Road: Never Opened'

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  1. I remember passing this thinking how far down an old Shoney's had gone. This is near Columbia Place IIRC. I'm assuming by your site that an unfortunate awful lot is closing in that town, and the Tapp's hanging around seems kind odd. I wish I could go back in time and see the Bush River Road corridor in its prime again.


    21 Jan 10 at 5:52 am

  2. I don't know that Columbia is any worse off than most places. In fact we may be better in having the stabilizers of the state government bureaucracy, USC & Fort Jackson. I think it's just that having a site that focuses on what's gone or going, gives that impression :-)

    But certainly some parts of the town have gone into decline, like Main Street, Decker, Dentsville, Bush & Broad etc.

    It's funny that Tapps has been gone 15 years and we both did posts on it almost at exactly the same time.


    21 Jan 10 at 1:22 pm

  3. Bush River and Broad River seemed to be dying even during the "boom" times. Decker always seemed like it was about to get worse, at least to me. Main Street is another area where decline has been a constant companion. Makes sense since we like to spread out and live in suburbs. As a result centralized shopping really has became a relic of the past for the most part.

    I do agree with Ted. Having the University, the Fort and State government local does bring some stability.


    21 Jan 10 at 4:45 pm

  4. I noticed last night that the sign for this place has been changed to Grand Opening 2010. This must be someone's pet project and they must have really deep pockets to be able to pay taxes/rent for so long and not be open.


    5 Mar 10 at 9:01 am

  5. Looks like it curtains for this operation.
    The sign out front has been changed to "For Lease."


    16 Apr 10 at 5:55 am

  6. It didn't open because the guy that was supposed to open is on the run. He's an ex-builder/contractor who has numerous cases against him. Reginald Long is the name! Google it!


    11 Aug 10 at 3:21 pm

  7. folks this is about to become another Auto Title Loan type of place...


    3 Jul 13 at 1:26 pm

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