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Doughnut Store, Saint Andrews Road: 1990s   9 comments

Posted at 12:27 am in historic,restaurants

This store-front, in a nice looking little plaza at the top of the hill on the south side of Saint Andrews Road, has been a number of things over the years. I can't begin to recall them all, but I think the one that impressed me as the most off-the-wall was a "bring all your friends and make pottery" store.

The one I actually visited a few times though was a doughnut operation. I think it was an independant operation, and I recall thinking that its doughnuts were more like Mr. Donut's "honey-dipped" than the much less dense Krispy Kreme "original glazed". Unfortunately for them, I liked both MD and KK's product better than theirs, and was rarely on that side of town anyway. I don't know what happened to them in the end. Perhaps most people felt that way, or it just could be Saint Andrews Road, which, as one commenter pointed out, has become something of a restaurant graveyard. At any rate, I believe they closed sometime in the 90s when I was living in Fayettevile. I think the closest doughnuts to Saint Andrews now may be the Dunkin in Boozer Shopping Center. (Though Dunkin is another operation I like less well than either MD or KK -- I was bummed when a Dunkin replaced the Forest Drive MD).

Written by ted on January 24th, 2009

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  1. At one point, did they open a Yesterdays in that plaza?

    Michael

    27 Jan 09 at 12:17 am

  2. I don't remember that (which doesn't mean it didn't happen..)

    ted

    27 Jan 09 at 2:21 am

  3. Yesterday's was open in that plaza '89/'90. Don't recall exactly when they opened or when they closed, though. Yesterday's also had a location on Two Notch about the same time. After the Yesterday's in this plaza closed, it was occupied by the "Lowcountry Cafe."

    badger

    27 Jan 09 at 9:27 am

  4. This location was also a wings joint, but I can't remember which one. It was a chain, or at least a local one. I remember we went there for pitchers and wings before Cheap Trick rocked the house at the club in Richardson Plaza. We discussed it, but I cannot remember the name.

    Jonathan

    27 Jan 09 at 9:36 am

  5. I think the donut shop was the "Donut Factory." The wings place might have been a Garrett's? I think Schiano's Pizza might have also been here at one time or another, as well as who knows what else.

    badger

    27 Jan 09 at 11:01 am

  6. Bingo! Garrett's! Thanks. You are actually correct on all three counts. Can't remember the timeline, though.

    Jonathan

    27 Jan 09 at 11:08 am

  7. It was definitely a Schiano's in 1988 or 1989 when I moved in to our house in Irmo with my parents that year... We got take-out from there and ate it sitting on the floor beside the fireplace. Weird how you remember things like that. I know it was a Garrett's Grille & Grog in 1997 or 1998. By 1999 it was the doughnut place. Maybe it was called The Doughnut Hole?

    By the mid 2000's it was occupied briefly by Flower Country, a florist that was at Dutch Square beside The Rogue for years, and relocated in the early 2000s to Ashland Park near Sandy's. The old owner sold out and the new owner moved it across the parking lot to this "anchor" spot, and I don't think it lasted there long. The overhead and having too much square footage for that type of business probably did it in. I actually see another listing for Flower Country online on Bush River near Clusters of Whitehall, but I have no idea if it's still there.

    Heath

    7 May 11 at 11:53 pm

  8. It was however briefly, a brick oven pizza place that I never tried, and wasn't open long.

    Yesterday's was located in the back of this plaza, where Thai Lotus currently is.

    Matt

    30 Jan 13 at 3:11 pm

  9. @ Matt. You are correct. It was also Low Country Seafood at some point. We used to eat oysters there. All you could eat, and we'd sit there for three hours. They'd try to bring hushpuppies out to us to fill us up. They were good, but I came for the oysters. Closed them down. True story.

    jonathan

    31 Jan 13 at 4:25 pm

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