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Andy's Deli, 7260 Parklane Road: 1990s   13 comments

Posted at 12:10 am in historic,restaurants

(oops! photo screw-up -- I'll get a better one in an update!)

As promised, better picture:

I don't actually know why Parklane Road exists, or conversely why Decker Boulevard exists. I can only guess that once-upon-a-time, before all the roadwork on Trenholm and Two Notch in Dentsville, these two roads did not dovetail together as they do now and really were two roads instead of one road with two names. Anyway, like its sibling Decker, Parklane has over the years "failed to thrive". Considering that it is a corridor between two Interstates, and feeds Columbia Mall, it's hard to say why exactly, but it's not been prime retail or restaurant territory.

I had totally forgoten than this Monterrey next to the old comic store and Sounds Familiar had been an Andy's Deli back in the 1980s. The ad is from the 1985 Southern Bell phonebook. I'm not sure when Andy's moved out (keeping the Lum's Hotdogs location on Greene Street), but it seems like Monterrey has been there forever now.

UPDATE 20 April 2010: Added "better" picture. Better in that the right storefront is centered. Unfortunately the sun went away though..

Written by ted on April 20th, 2010

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  1. Decker used to cross the railroad tracks about 100 feet to the east. It came out by an old gas station in front of the bank building at Columbia Mall. Its location was shifted in the 1970s as part of the road widening of Decker and Two Notch in anticipation of the mall.

    Tom

    20 Apr 10 at 7:15 am

  2. That Andy's was thriving when the Policy Management Systems crowd was shipped out to Blythewood around '84. We PMS employees called that move the Trail of Tears as we left behind all the conveniences of working right downtown and were stuck with either the overpriced and boring company cafeteria or a 20 minute drive (one way) to find a place to eat. Andy's and Parklane Seafood became regular lunch spots, along with Debby's Diner in Ridgeway. (You know you're in the boonies when you drive in to Ridgeway to eat.)

    I'm sure today's SCANA employees can relate.

    Part of this tale of woe involved The Lunch Box, which was located right next door to the Bruce Building downtown and basically kept in business by the PMS crowd. When we moved, the Lunch Box did too, setting up in a little prefab cabin right across the road from the new PMS campus. Obviously it was packed every day at lunch. There is a confirmed rumor that senior management at PMS did not like the fact that no one ate at their shiny new glop-right-out-of-the-can cafeteria and forced the new Lunch Box to close down somehow.

    Dennis

    20 Apr 10 at 2:47 pm

  3. Yeah, the food at PMS was pretty bad. The lunch crowd would fill up several cars and head to the Olive Garden or the chinese place, hence gone, in the vicinity of the future Best Buy. We'd stretch the 45 minute lunch break for an hour and work later that day. The Blythewood campus is still busy with CSC and the various government departments located there. I guess they go to Sandhills now.

    joelc

    20 Apr 10 at 3:34 pm

  4. So, did Andy's Deli rip off Wendy's, or the other way around?

    Kenneth

    20 Apr 10 at 11:00 pm

  5. The menu isn't really anything like Wendy's???

    ted

    20 Apr 10 at 11:38 pm

  6. I guess he's referring to the logo/sign, which does have some similarities to Wendy's I guess.

    Dave

    21 Apr 10 at 6:53 am

  7. IIRC. Andy sold that deli to one of his workers, Albert, and it went by Albert's Deli for years, but with the same menu as Andy's Deli. Is Albert's Deli closed now, too?

    jamie

    21 Apr 10 at 7:03 am

  8. You know, Andy calls everybody his "friend," but my friends would not charge me 50 cents for a refill on tea. I have not eaten there in about 10 years (Green Street) but from what I remember, it was overrated/overpriced just like Groucho's. Groucho's seems to be popping up everywhere, so they must be doing something correct. Maybe it's because I don't care for 1,000 Island Dressing.

    Jonathan

    21 Apr 10 at 8:31 am

  9. The original Andy's was the Green Street location which was situated sort of behind the original "JA" (Joyful Alternative--before the JA moved to the current Starbucks location in Five Points). Andy was a fixture and popular at the Groucho's Five Points location. He decided to strike out on his own and established his first business on Green Street.

    John Merrell

    28 Sep 10 at 6:48 pm

  10. " Hello My Dear/My Friend"....the greeting from Andy as you approached the register at the Green street location depending on your gender.

    palmettopanic

    26 May 11 at 12:20 pm

  11. I ate at the Parklane location in the early nineties. Never understood why they opened shop in this location, on on this street even.

    palmettopanic

    26 May 11 at 12:21 pm

  12. This section of Parklane never did well because the suburban 'hood that is Newcastle empties out directly in front of Sounds Familiar and Andy's Deli.

    palmettopanic

    26 May 11 at 12:24 pm

  13. Andy's on Parklane moved because of a rent increase. It became Albert's and when he retired he sold it to one of his employees who is a very nice lady and still runs it. I don't think New Castle subdivision has anymore to do with the area not thriving than does Trenholm Acres. The area is just victim of people who keep moving further out.

    Frances

    26 Jan 13 at 8:14 am

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