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The Pizza Joint, 3246 Forest Drive: July 2021   8 comments

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I used to go to this Pizza Joint location fairly often when they were open late on Thursdays for Service Industry Night, but when they stopped that, I kind of drifted away. I had noticed driving by several times lately that they were not open when I would have expected it, but I put it down to covid + staffing, and didn't think much about it until commenter Larry noted that they had had a fire there.

Looking at the place last Sunday, I am happy to report that repairs are obviously underway, so hopefully they will be back soon. The building must be surprisingly durable as it has been a number of different operations since starting life as a Hardee's.

(Hat tip to commenter Larry)

UPDATE 18 January 2023: The place has been sold, so I have removed the "Temporary" notation from the title. The next tenant, according to The State will be a breakfast/brunch place: The Vicious Biscuit.

Written by ted on August 23rd, 2021

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8 Responses to 'The Pizza Joint, 3246 Forest Drive: July 2021'

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  1. I have to say I have seen no repair activity here in over a month. I don't know if the insurance didn't come through or what, but things are not looking good.


    30 Nov 21 at 10:40 pm

  2. I remember when Hudson's burned on Park Terrace Drive an insurance standstill was mentioned here as a reason why the rebuild hadn't started (and ultimately wound up falling through). I have a feeling that the same thing happened with El Chico and so I wouldn't be surprised if that is the case here as well...


    1 Dec 21 at 9:29 am

  3. Per Google this is a permanent closing. Looking at the corporate site, Columbia is not even mentioned, just locations in Georgia and one in Aiken. It seems that when that location closed when it was Hardees, nothing else has been able to take over and do well there.


    1 May 22 at 6:58 pm

  4. Finally noticed some movement at this place. Several work trucks and the front door open when I drove by this morning. Not sure if it is a return of Pizza Joint, generic work on the building or another business moving in but it appears something is in the works.


    6 Jul 22 at 4:12 pm

  5. I continue to notice increased activity of workers and equipment at this site. There is also now a building permit on the window. Haven’t seen any news on if this is a rebirth of Pizza Joint or a new venture.


    19 Jul 22 at 8:41 am

  6. According to the State this spot is going to be home to regional brunch restaurant Vicious Biscuit


    18 Jan 23 at 1:23 pm

  7. Yup, you can find the article here.

    When I worked in the Richland mall, I stopped by the pizza joint on a couple of occasions. The pizza wasn't bad. I'll have to admit though, I stopped by the place much more often when it was a Hardees back in the 80s. (Slow service not withstanding.)

    Mr BO

    18 Jan 23 at 3:04 pm

  8. I liked The Italian Pie incarnation the best.

    Pizza Joint sauce was a bit sweet for me, and it seemed pretty consistent towards the end that if I ordered the garlic knots, they would forget to put any garlic on them, making it basically just oily bread lumps.

    I'm going to take the "Temporary" out of the closing title.


    18 Jan 23 at 11:21 pm

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