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D's Wings Northeast, 111 Sparkleberry Crossing (Clemson Road at Sparkleberry): October 2008   28 comments

Posted at 5:27 pm in Uncategorized

I've written about D's before. Recently in the comments people mentioned that several other D's had now closed. I was over in the Harbison area, so I decided to check that one out, but found that I actually didn't know where it was, and had been thinking of Wild Wing (which is still open). After that, I decided to check on this location, which is on Clemson Road at Sparkleberry in a strip mall which has seen a number of restaurants flounder.

What I found was a little odd in that while there was a floor sign offering a "franchaise opportunity" (when "opportunity" is used in this way, I always decode it as in the immortal phrase from Pogo: We are confonted with insurmountable opportunities!) for this restaurant, the one in "Bythewood" and the one in Harbison, all the lights were still on, and the place looked as though it had been straightened up for business, not closing. Nonetheless it wasn't open. Still, it looked so not closed that I hesitated to post on it. Then when I was on my way to Brixx the other night I stopped by again and saw a very definite sign saying that the place would be reopened on 16 October, though it also used the dreaded "renovations" word which often indicates more of a fond wish to re-open someday than anything else (especially as no renovation work was visible through the windows). So, we will see tomorrow!

UPDATE 17 Oct 2008:

Well, they did not reopen on 16 October..

UPDATE 6 May 2009: They are definitely gone for good now, so I have taken the "(temporary?)" tag off the post title. I have also updated the post title with the full street address of the store, and added the word "Northeast" to the store name.

UPDATE 10 Jan 2010: A new operation "7 Grill & Bar" is moving into the old "D's" slot:

UPDATE 28 April 2010 -- The D's replacement, 7 Grill is now open:

UPDATE 11 December 2012: Interesting tip from commenter Frank to the effect that D's will be reopening here soon. These pictures pretty much confirm it. The 7 Grill marquee is still up, but the interior has been filled with D's stuff. In fact, that cigar store Indian is almost certainly the one from D's on Beltline so it would appear that the Beltline store is moving here!






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  1. Does anyone else remember Ruperts wings? I used to go to the one on Rosewood where Rockaways is now there used to be a strip mall. He moved a couple of times, over in 5 points, then on Beltline where the Ale House is(I think he started here to begin with) then to the Blue Dog(corner or Main and Gervais in the basement).
    He had the best wings in Columbia, nothing else came close. Now its gone and we are left with places like Ds that serves institutional food.
    Publick House is ok, but their service is so damn slow.


    16 Oct 08 at 5:39 am

  2. A co-worker of mine has a son who used to work for D's. She told me this week that none of the banks will not cash paychecks from them because they always bounce. Another bad sign for the "chain."


    16 Oct 08 at 6:53 am

  3. How about Leo's wings? Anyone remember those?


    16 Oct 08 at 7:03 am

  4. Leo's was awesome. I used to go to the St Andrew location a lot(now WGs Wings) Ten cent wings and 50 cent pitchers of beer during Monday Night Football if the Bills were playing.

    I hated the Bills, but not so much that i would turn down cheap food and beer.

    I was a poor college student who could go hang out with my employed buddies, bring 7 dollars with me and leave full and drunk.

    Good times.

    Me and the wife had our first date (well the first time i invited her anywhere, we were with 6-8 other people...i guess it wasnt really a "date") at the original D's, so watching the franchise struggle is a little bittersweet.


    16 Oct 08 at 3:23 pm

  5. BTW the Harbison D's is/was on Columbiana Drive next to the Carolina Ale House in the strip mall that contains Five Guys Hamburgers(D's is at one end, 5 Guys at the other). Its across the street (sort of) from McAllisters and the now defunct Steak and Shake.


    16 Oct 08 at 3:30 pm

  6. I was out in Lugoff yesterday looking at houses and there is still a Leo's out on #1 between Lugoff and Camden. I don't know if it's still the same people, but it's definitely the same sign!


    19 Oct 08 at 7:47 pm

  7. Same thing with the Ds on Beltline, which always seemed to be busy. Tried to go there on Saturday only to be greeted with the "Closed for remodeling" sign.


    22 Oct 08 at 7:40 am

  8. I thought that might be coming. Last time I was there, there was a question whether I would get my taco salad or not because "We sent someone to the store for lettuce and I'm not sure if they're back yet". Along with the new "closed on Sunday" hours, that put them under #1 and #2 of the signs your favorite restaurant is about to close.


    22 Oct 08 at 11:25 am

  9. My wife says the D's near Columbiana Center is definitely closed too. The one on Sparkleberry was doomed anyway - you could do this blog on that shopping center alone. I don't know why this chain is having so much trouble - its a good wing place.

    Leo's on St Andrews will always be my favorite.


    17 Nov 08 at 8:27 am

  10. We've not been by since late 1990 and were just thinking about, K's 1st wings at the Broad River Shack before they (and we) moved to St Andrews, many happy brews & wings; sad to hear them go. We came from Chicago, went back, then to Knoxville, then E Washingtom. to ?


    24 Dec 08 at 5:21 pm

  11. Don't forget the D's that was on St Andrews road @ I-26 for a few years.


    13 May 09 at 1:34 pm

  12. You mean this one?


    13 May 09 at 2:04 pm

  13. Man yeah ruperts atomic wings were awesome I used to go to fat buddies also they were pretty good too dinos on decker has some great hot wings as well anybody want to start a wing place I have an awesome hot wing recipie everyone who has tried it love em!


    27 Oct 09 at 11:20 am

  14. D's Wings on Beltline seems to be on the come back trail because they are now open on Sunday's again.


    14 Feb 10 at 9:59 am

  15. 7 Grill closed saturday night after being in this spot for 6 months.


    18 Oct 10 at 10:58 am

  16. The best for wings now is Blaney Wings. THey have jumbo wings and over 25 flavors to choose from. THey are in Elgin, SC about 5 minutes from Sandhills Mall up Hwy 1. They also have half pound burgers that make you slap your mama!


    19 Dec 11 at 7:52 pm

  17. D's will be reopening here in the coming weeks.


    6 Dec 12 at 2:00 pm

  18. I went to the one in Northeast Columbia, and while eating my dinner I saw a roach crawl on the wall, not once but twice. Needless to say this is my first and last time eating there!!!!


    25 May 13 at 8:31 pm

  19. What's the story with the D's in Cayce off of Knox Abbot dr.? Always seems so busy and separate and apart from the strugglings of (what was once) the 3 others.


    26 May 13 at 7:17 am

  20. I don't know, but the other D's were separately owned. I don't think the Original D's has been affiliated with them in a very long time. I think the first "other" D's was the "D's on the River" where the Hungry Fisherman used to be, and later Joe's Crab Shack. Now I think that location is apartments.


    26 May 13 at 12:22 pm

  21. I think the difference Becky is asking about likely has to do with ownership (but don't know the details myself)

    Shun's story about the roaches reminds me of how roaches disrupted class on several occasions during my freshman year of High School...


    26 May 13 at 10:34 pm

  22. The "D" in The Original D's was none other than Don Prevette, later of Wata Wing infamy. The other "D" was someone else. I don't know whether he had to get permission to crib the "D's" part for his own restaurant(s), but so far as I know, they've always unrelated menus. Here's a little on the history of the Original D's, which then ties in to Wata Wing:


    27 May 13 at 7:23 am

  23. Somewhere between getting the D's concept off the ground and starting Wata Wing something went wrong with Donny's ethical base (judging from comments on the short-lived Wata Wing )


    27 May 13 at 10:09 am

  24. We are gald to hear your back at sparkleberry, just found out from our neighbor. Now do you still have the same business hours if so please refresh us on the time and days you are open. Called and the young ladiy said you closes at 10.00.

    Christine Laughead Elgin SC

    8 Jun 13 at 9:04 pm

  25. Great news the D's wings on Sparkleberry is back open. Their wings and food are excellent. Never have had a bad meal there and the place was always packed. We sorelt needed a good wings place on this side of town. Daryl the owner is fantastic and the service has always been good.


    17 Feb 14 at 1:47 pm

  26. Great news the D's wings on Sparkleberry is back open. Their wings and food are excellent. Never have had a bad meal there and the place was always packed. We sorely needed a good wings place on this side of town. Daryl the owner is fantastic and the service has always been good.


    17 Feb 14 at 1:47 pm

  27. Robin, you must work there or must be affiliated with the owner or someone who works there. This place won't make it for another 6 months. Every time I have been in there on either a Friday or Saturday night, there was not more than 15 ppl in that place. and 13 of them were at the bar. And then they close up at 10:30 on Friday and Saturday night. Good luck with this place. You are right there, the wings are good. But there is a better atmosphere at Wild Wing in Sandhills since they brought the bands back. If you are affiliated with them, tell them to get a band or two in there on the weekend. Without an attraction, they won't last.


    17 Feb 14 at 8:32 pm

  28. Simply horrible


    2 Jun 14 at 10:10 pm

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