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Moxie's / The Cork & Cleaver / Cobblestone (?) / John Paul's Steakhouse / D. B. Hooter's / CJ's (?) / D's Wings, 806 Saint Andrews Road: Early 2008   21 comments

Posted at 6:57 pm in Uncategorized

D's is a local (I believe) chain of casual restaurants with an unusually large menu. They have a little something for everyone, and are the only restaurants in Columbia (that I know of) which fry their own potato chips ("raw fries" they call them). They have a number of locations; I can think of Clemson Road, Parkland Plaza, and Beltline Blvd. They now have one less.

This particular building on St. Andrews Road appears to have a restaurant curse attached to it, as I have seen a number of operations go into it over the years, and none of them have lasted very long. More prosaically, it may just be that while it is easy to exit I-26 to eat there, it is difficult to get back on the Interstate because a left turn out of the parking lot is almost impossible when traffic is moderate or heavy.

UPDATE 24 Feb 2010: Added a bunch of previous names to the post title based on the comments. Also see here (Baja's Southwestern Grill) and here (Delmonico Diner) for the next two operations in this building.

UPDATE 31 Jan 2011: Added the full street address to the post title, finally.

Written by ted on February 18th, 2008

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  1. Before D's it wasn't it "CJ's"? Note to restaurant owners: enough with the abbreviations already. (see also: "AJ's" formerly on Devine)


    19 Feb 08 at 11:08 am

  2. For me the "Wings" was more problematic than the "D's". That made me think it was mostly a wings joint and since I don't like chicken or the smell of chicken, I didn't go into a D's for years to find out all the other stuff on the menu. (And in fact, I'm not sure I've ever actually seen anyone eating wings in one..)


    19 Feb 08 at 11:56 am

  3. Many, many other restaurants serve raw fries. Publick House on Devine is just one of many.


    22 Feb 08 at 10:49 am

  4. I'll have to check it out. I've had a beer on the sidewalk, but I never ate at the Publick House. I know Pappy's on Main across from the towers had them, as did the short-lived place on Forest Drive across from Trenholm plaza (now a liquor store).


    22 Feb 08 at 12:44 pm

  5. Oh man, Pappy's! I was just thinking about how great the blue cheese burgers (remember, they were shaped longways like a sub?) and the raw fries were. Awesome!


    3 May 08 at 9:45 am

  6. I had forgotten that Pappyt's detail until you mentioned it, but yep!


    3 May 08 at 1:10 pm

  7. That place has been several resturants in the last decade or so and all of them actually pretty decent. It just does seem to be the type of location that can keep one afloat.


    18 May 08 at 6:54 pm

  8. If my memory serves correctly, this building goes back to the late 1970s to early 1980s and was originally The Cork and Cleaver, a competitor to The Chopping Block over at Broad River Rd and I-20 back by that apartment complex. It was of the same vintage as Paul and Ernie's - - the original tenant in the building previously occupied by Comedy House and now the Pure nightclub.


    7 Jun 08 at 7:09 am

  9. I hadn't thought about The Chopping Block or The Cork & Cleaver in years! I'm afraid I never got to either though. The Comedy House/Pure building was also some sort of strip club once too if I recall correctly.


    7 Jun 08 at 12:27 pm

  10. Does anyone remember Rupert's Wings? It was during the 80's and 90's and located for a while on Rosewood and later on Harden. I'f Rupert is still cooking wings somewhere, I'd love to know.


    17 Jul 08 at 1:51 pm

  11. Pretty much every wing place in Columbia serves raw fries. Carolina Wings calls them Wing Chips, but they are the same. Order them semi floppy (crispy on the edges, still soft in the middle) douse them with vinegar and eat until you explode :)

    One of the other names of this place was Cobblestone i believe.

    Also, the parking lot for this location is kind of small, so even when the restaurant isnt full, it looks like it is. This might be why they cant keep a tenant there.


    24 Aug 08 at 11:31 am

  12. Hi, just an observation that the D's at Sparkleberry and Clemson has now closed! We enjoyed going to the place and hate to see it closed. Just thought you should know.


    Buddy Maertens

    8 Oct 08 at 7:03 am

  13. Huh. I went there last weekend to take some pictures because somone said D's in "NE" had closed and I figured that was the Clemson store, but it was still open.. then. Oh well, I'll get back out there soon.


    8 Oct 08 at 10:55 am

  14. Wasn't that a Moxies at one time?


    11 Oct 08 at 7:06 am

  15. Wow, JDD, that's taking it back a bit! I think it was built as a Moxies. You are correct that it was Cobblestone in the mid-nineties. That place was incredible for Columbia at the time. Also a John Paul's Steakhouse. I just found out it is now Bajas Southwestern Grill, which is a branch of Baja Broiler on Chapin Road. We got the Your Mint last night, and tried to determine where they were. I just called to confirm. Hopefully, this place/location will do well. They have Pescados Tacos!!! Vaminos!!!!!


    3 Dec 08 at 3:14 pm

  16. For a brief time in 1988/1989, this place was a seafood restaurant called "D.B. Hooters." Believe it or not!


    26 Dec 08 at 2:45 pm

  17. The new Bajas Southwestern Grill in this location appeared to close in April, giving it about a 4 month run.


    14 May 09 at 9:21 am

  18. Darn! I was meaning to eat there!


    14 May 09 at 9:58 am

  19. I passed by this place the other day and i saw that a new place is opening called Delmonico's. I wish them luck because I remember many restaurants failing in this location


    12 Jan 10 at 10:15 pm

  20. My brother knew someone who worked at a D's, several years ago. The person disliked it because the servers had to do "tip sharing" (everyone combines their tips, then the amount is divided among all the staff, regardless of who actually earned how much). I don't know if that's true anymore, or if all the locations did it.


    12 Jan 23 at 8:53 am

  21. All that is left of the place now is the sign from the Mexican restaurant.


    12 Jan 23 at 4:36 pm

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