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Zorba's, 10056 Two Notch Road at Wal-Mart: Holidays 2007   12 comments

Posted at 10:52 pm in restaurants

Well, here's another one I managed to miss for a good while. I did a closing for Zorba's on Decker Boulevard a while back, but this one took me by surprise.

To be honest, I only ate at this Zorba's (which was not under the same ownership as the Decker Zorba's) once, last Fall. A cousin who knew I enjoyed eating at the Decker restaurant was coming to town with her kids to do some shopping, and suggested we have dinner at the Decker place. By that time, it was only open for lunch, and I knew she was going to be hitting Circuit City, so I suggested the Two Notch Zorba's.

Going in, I got the vibe of a place in trouble. Not really anything I could put my finger on at first, but on the way over, I had been getting in the mood for some Spanakopita, and when we got our menus, I saw that there wasn't a single Greek dish listed. For a Greek/Italian restaurant, the total absence of the Greek half seemed like it was probably a recent development, and not a good one. To be clear, the food I ended up ordering was perfectly acceptable -- the choices were just not what one would expect from a restaurant called Zorba's.

When I was out getting a video card at Office Depot a while back, I saw that the place had closed. Judging from the holiday snowflakes still hung in the windows, I'm guessing they probably didn't reopen after Christmas. The window note suggests that at one time the owners were considering options for the building, but the realty sign out front implies that nothing materialized. I'm not sure there is now anwhere closer to Forest Acres than Grecian Gardens out on Sunset for spanakopita..

UPDATE 7 Oct 2010 -- Work is advancing to reopen this building as a Buffalo WIld Wings:

UPDATE 23 Dec 2010 -- The Buffalo Wild Wings is now open:

Written by ted on September 23rd, 2008

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  1. Weird...this place was apparently owned by the same family that owns the St Andrews Zorba's, which still has plenty of Greek food on the menu.

    Oh well, at least i still have my Zorba;s Express over on Kinnerly Road to sate my Zorba's pizza craving every now and then :)

    BTW, does these pics remind anyone else of the Gilligans in Lexington?

    IrmoJeff

    26 Sep 08 at 6:56 pm

  2. Well, my assumption was that they used to have Greek dishes and were exhibiting Rule #6 From Signs Your Favorite Restaurant Is About To Close: The Menu Changes.

    ted

    27 Sep 08 at 2:00 am

  3. IrmoJeff,

    This was a Gilligan's before it was a Zorba's.

    Ken

    27 Sep 08 at 9:40 am

  4. It used to be a Gilligan's and we loved it. We were so sad when it closed. Now if we want Gilligan's we have to drive all the way to Lake Murray so we don't go very often. There were great murals on the walls of crabs and such and when we went there once it became Zorba's we saw how it had all been painted over, so sad.

    Elizabeth

    10 Oct 08 at 3:38 pm

  5. The food here was only mediocre and could not even touch the Zorba's on Decker.

    Joe

    23 Nov 08 at 2:49 pm

  6. Passed by and they are doing work on this place. I heard a wing place is going in here

    michael

    26 Jul 10 at 3:30 pm

  7. I've went by this afternoon and the marquee indicated that the wing place Michael is referring to is called Buffalo Wild Wings There are a couple of others around in the former Hollywood Video Stores at <a href="http://columbiaclosings.com/wordpress/?p=41&quot; 4400 Devine Street and the one in Lexington at the WalMart at US 378 and actually have a good selection...I've been to both and was very impressed with them....

    Andrew

    30 Jul 10 at 5:34 pm

  8. here is a fixed link to the 4400 Devine Street store

    Andrew

    30 Jul 10 at 5:39 pm

  9. There are doing alot of work for the new wings restrant. i think the building is going to be bigger.

    Javier

    25 Sep 10 at 9:09 pm

  10. buffalo wild wings opens november 1st

    Javier

    23 Oct 10 at 8:27 pm

  11. Apparently this did Close December 2007 like was originally suspected:

    The State - January 18, 2008 - B9 BUSINESS

    RESTAURANT SITES IN TRANSITION, ZORBA'S AND ZESTO CLOSE STORES IN NORTHEAST RICHLAND
    At least for now, two local favorite restaurant chains' times have passed in Northeast Richland. The Zesto restaurants on Decker Boulevard and Two Notch Road -- which closed fall 2007 -- are being redeveloped into a Vietnamese restaurant and a mattress store, respectively. Meanwhile, Zorba's Family Greek Restaurant at 10056 Two Notch Road, near the Wal-Mart Supercenter, closed shortly before Christmas.

    Andrew

    26 Apr 11 at 11:00 pm

  12. Still baffled as to why this place closed. The pizza wasnt alll that great but the entrees were spectacular. And everytime my family and I went there it was packed.

    Paul D

    5 Oct 12 at 3:28 am

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