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The Villa, 1704 Bush River Road: 22 December 2021   11 comments

Posted at 11:11 pm in closing





Before we picked out The Parthenon as our favorite, my father and I used to go to the location of The Villa which was in the building that now houses Pawley's Front Porch. After that, I kind of lost track of it, as Bush River Road was a good distance to drive at that time. I did get out to that location once later, and found the food and service to be good, but for some reason I just felt antsy in the dining room with no windows anywhere and I did not go back.

Recently they have announced that they are closing and that 22 December 2021 will be the last day, and reported in this ColaDaily story. As of this writing, that is next Wednesday, so you still have a few days to catch up with them if you like.

(Hat tips to commenters Heath & Ed)

Written by ted on December 15th, 2021

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11 Responses to 'The Villa, 1704 Bush River Road: 22 December 2021'

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  1. They recently announced on Facebook that their last day will be Saturday 12/19. Apparently staff shortages and supply issues are to blame, and some menu items may be unavailable. I'm torn on if we want to make one last visit.


    16 Dec 21 at 11:18 am

  2. Wonder why they don’t just sell it and let someone else take over?


    17 Dec 21 at 1:08 am

  3. I remember as Sandy's was winding down operations around this time 2 years ago that the owner of it stated that he considered selling it off but had couldn't find someone to maintain the same Sandy's quality he had maintained over the years but was unsuccessful in finding someone to do it so that is a possibility I thought of...the thing of it is, it is my understanding that a major reason why family owned business close is that the owner is ready to retire and there isn't anyone in the younger generation willing to take it on (Lourie's, Edna's and Deno's are all notable examples of this).


    17 Dec 21 at 10:56 am

  4. Tonight (12/17) is now going to be the last night "due to food and staff shortages" according to a Facebook announcement posted this morning. We went a couple of weeks ago, and our waitress told us that the owner was ready to retire, his son's passions lie elsewhere, and the closing of the Bush River exit on I-26 all led to the decision to close.

    Heath Roberts

    17 Dec 21 at 11:50 am

  5. We’re really going to miss eating here. Have had many wonderful meals over the past 30+ years. During the pandemic, when it was just take out, I tried to order a large pizza, because mediums don’t feed the family. Was told that they could no longer get large crusts from their supplier. Called again a couple of weeks ago and they still didn’t have large pizzas. Have always thought pizza places like The Villa might have made their own crusts. Guess not.


    19 Dec 21 at 8:11 am

  6. My family loves The Villa and we have eaten there hundreds of times. Unlike Ted, we found the lack of windows in the place to be very romantic and part of its charm. The Villa Special Pizza tastes unlike any other pizza we have ever had and we also enjoy their spaghetti and cheese bread. We are shocked that our favorite Italian restaurant has closed and we will miss it.


    1 Jan 22 at 10:51 pm

  7. I worked at the Bushriver location in 1979. I washed dishes in the evenings weekdays and cooked some on weekends. I worked with Mike Hart. Jim Davis was the manager then.
    John Scarborough was running the location in five points at that time. Times are a changing, but at least we have memories.

    Scott Arthmann

    9 Mar 22 at 9:10 pm

  8. Looks like something is moving in. Given the mural painted on the building now it looks to be another restaurant.


    20 Apr 23 at 3:51 pm

  9. It looks like this is to be home to 7 Spices Indian restaurant (either it will open soon or already has)...


    10 Jun 23 at 6:44 pm

  10. The Villa also had a Five Points location on Harden Street, a block or so north of Harden and Greene Street. First place I remember eating pizza. I think The Villa may be why I enjoy pizza so much. Nice slice, well-prepared and not sloppy. It was the environment, too. Dark with a waterfall-type sound and plenty of A/C.


    3 Feb 24 at 11:47 am

  11. @Daniel -- If you look at the first picture, it calls out the Harden Street location, which is now Pawleys Front Porch.


    3 Feb 24 at 3:18 pm

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