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Delmonico Diner, 806 Saint Andrews Road: January 2010   25 comments

Posted at 11:12 pm in restaurants

I first wrote about this hard-luck building on Saint Andrews Road near the I-26 interchange when it had stopped being a D's Wings. (It had been a number of other things even before that). The second time I wrote about it was when it had just stopped being Baja's Southwestern Grill.

This time, it has just stopped being Delmonico Diner, something it had been in preparation to start being for quite a while. I drove over a few weeks ago to see the state of the place, and I believe the roadside sign said "open", but they were turning away customers who actually parked and tried to go in. According to commenter Alicia, when the place did open for real, they only made it for a total of three days before closing the doors. I'm sure there's a sad story there, and I'm sorry to see that.

The building is up for sale again, and I suppose it is well fitted as a restaurant, but I have to say that if I were looking to start an eatery somewhere, I think I would have to consider this spot's track record and look elsewhere.

(Hat tip to commenter Alicia)

Written by ted on February 7th, 2010

25 Responses to 'Delmonico Diner, 806 Saint Andrews Road: January 2010'

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  1. So odd These guys did a bunch of work in December to the interior. They were the orignal owners of Zorba's on Decker many years ago;so they had restaurant experieince. Not affiliated with Zorba's in Irmo, they do have good relations in the Irmo community . I was looking forward to someone trying to reclaim St Andrews Rd to a different sectore of the population.

    O'Reilly

    8 Feb 10 at 9:02 am

  2. Man I drive by this everyday and I just thought they never opened. I had been looking forward to trying it. Very curious to find out what happened.

    Mr Bill

    8 Feb 10 at 10:11 am

  3. I spoke with someone close to this operation and they had done a lot of upgrades on the building and had a great product. Just after a couple of days open the owner had a very serious medical emergency and was not able to contunue operations of the diner - Thus the sale.. Prayers the family.

    Kc

    8 Feb 10 at 10:17 am

  4. Oh man, I'm sorry to hear that!

    ted

    8 Feb 10 at 10:51 am

  5. It appears whoever bought the building spent some decent money to refurbish it. Not a bad looking job.

    Anyone else notice from Ted's pictures that the building looks like it is sinking in the center? Well more like it was built on a "U" shaped lot then sinking.

    Jeff

    8 Feb 10 at 8:08 pm

  6. That's probably an artifact of the fish-eye lens on the closing-cam (a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX3). If you use the .JPG files the camera produces, the barrel distortion is corrected for automaticaly. If you use the raw files, it's not. For daytime shots, it seems to me that the colors are a bit nicer making the JPG files from the raw files, so I usually do that. I could correct for the barrel distortion in GIMP, but generally I don't bother.

    ted

    8 Feb 10 at 10:15 pm

  7. Something was there before, I think, but the oldest occupant I can remember was Moxie's, famous for their killer (possibly literally) banana splits, in the early 80's, when we first moved to St. Andrews area. Since then there have been numerous tries, all of which were short-lived, and long periods of vacancy. Hard to understand. I actually saw one of the days they were open, which was unannounced and unpublicized after the long prep time, but only a couple of days later the parking lot was vacant, and a sign on the door, handlettered, said "Sorry we are closed". I hope that the medical situation was resolved successfully, and maybe somebody the owner(s) know(s) can take it over. Even if it only lasts a couple of years.

    ray l

    24 Feb 10 at 10:36 pm

  8. Thanks, I'll put "Moxie's" on the original closing I did for this building. I generally try to bunch all the names a building had before the first time I wrote about it there (it's not a perfect policy..).

    ted

    25 Feb 10 at 12:02 am

  9. I was able to go there twice during the 3 days that they were open. The had a VERY extensive menu using ingredients that I had never would have thought of using before. For example, they had omelettes with caviar, crab, and lobster. And caviar pancakes. I went there for dinner one night and breakfast the next day since I live down the street. The food was okay for the most part.

    Alicia

    25 Feb 10 at 9:29 am

  10. Fast Tracks BBQ is opening in this spot soon. They are loosely affiliated with Sweatman's BBQ out of Holly Hill. They have a great product and good ideas that may actually have a winning concept for this revolving door spot. It would be nice to see St Andrew Rd recover.

    O'Reilly

    9 Jul 10 at 9:49 am

  11. I think the first occupant of this building was the "Cork 'n Cleaver" restaurant (had a southwestern theme). Had great food and a mud pie worth dying for... I had always heard that they were doing good business, but a corporate decison to vacate the region shut them down. Moxie's was the next occupant (I think).

    Greg

    9 Jul 10 at 1:36 pm

  12. Wasn't the Cork 'n' Cleaver off Broad River Road just behind the building adjacent to the west on-ramp from Broad River onto I-20? It appears to be a Monterrey Mexican Restaurant now. Google maps says the address is 2219 Broad River Road.

    Mike

    10 Jul 10 at 1:19 am

  13. The Chopping Block used to be in that area on Broad River, but I'm pretty sure the Cork 'N Cleaver was the first occupant in the former Delmonico's location.

    Greg

    14 Jul 10 at 1:16 pm

  14. The Chopping Block was right beside I-20, on Briargate Circle.

    ted

    14 Jul 10 at 1:23 pm

  15. I had forgotten about the Chopping Block--all I remembered was their logo with the chef in the apron holding a cleaver.

    Mike

    14 Jul 10 at 9:43 pm

  16. This afternoon, I went by and noticed that the big "Delmonico" sign had come down and they were getting ready for the new BBQ place O'Reilly mentioned...I can only encourage those of you inclined to pray that is works out...

    Also the Jewlery Warehouse across the street from this is about to move onto Bower Parkway...they were going to engrave a baby spoon for my mom for a friend's grandson and I am wondering if anyone here knows a good place (in the Columbia area) that will engrave such stuff??

    Andrew

    21 Jul 10 at 2:46 pm

  17. Andrew,

    I wondered where Jewelry Warehouse was going to move. There is already a Carolina/Clemson store in the Publix shopping center next to Hand Picked, which is the silver shop. I wonder how that will affect their business? I know Things Remembered in the mall engraves, but not sure if you have to purchase your item there. Also Hand Picked, but I don't know if they carry stuff like that or they engrave. Will it be a silver spoon? If so, they should shove it in his mouth, as he's popping out. Just Kidding. I could not resist.

    Jonathan

    21 Jul 10 at 3:00 pm

  18. Andrew,
    If you go back across the interstate from the Delmonico, there's a silver shop in that shopping center with the Fred's and WG's wings. It's around the corner from WG's wings, across from where Yamato used to be.

    E.J.

    21 Jul 10 at 7:42 pm

  19. The place is called St. Andrews Silver. I get my coin collecting supplies from them. The owner is a goos person and I recommend them highly.

    Tom

    22 Jul 10 at 5:40 am

  20. Fast Tracks BBQ is now online at this site...

    Andrew

    9 Aug 10 at 10:54 pm

  21. Fast Tracks BBQ is now closed.

    This is from their Facebook fan page: "‎12/06/2010 FAST TRACKS BBQ & MORE IS CLOSED! Business has been bought out of it's lease. Will be moving to new Location. Re-Opening soon"

    Alicia

    28 Jan 11 at 9:26 am

  22. Wasn't this building also a Armadillo's Oil Company briefly in the 90s? I think the original by Haywood Mall in Greenville is still open.

    JBL

    28 Jan 11 at 11:17 pm

  23. It was definitely a John Paul's , but I don't recall it carrying the "Armadillo Oil Company" moniker as the Assembly St. location did--but maybe I just missed that.

    badger

    29 Jan 11 at 6:20 pm

  24. Okkkkaaayyy....Now there is a sign in front stating that "El Toro Mexican Restaurant" will be coming to that location soon. People really need to do their research on that builiding before buying.

    Alicia

    2 Mar 11 at 9:51 am

  25. Alicia

    26 Aug 12 at 2:41 pm

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