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Jerry Kelly's / End Zone Grill, 1332 Rosewood Drive: 22 February 2008 / May 2011   16 comments

Posted at 11:43 pm in Uncategorized

Commenter south mauldin asked a little while ago if this place were closed. At the time I wasn't sure -- I had driven by and the lot was empty, but I didn't have time to stop and check it out. The next time I went by, there was no doubt, with a For Sale sign by the road and a goodbye message on the whiteboard. That message mentions a three year run -- Somehow I thought it had been a good deal longer than that.

When I got out and looked around, I was actually rather impressed by the lot. There are some nice trees, and a stream runs along the front of the property providing a bit of lush greenspace insulating the place from the next lot over. I think the building could definitely use some windows on the front though, as it seems like it would get a bit claustrophobic in there.

While I was googling the place, I ran across this interesting thread on another blog, The Columbia Cheeseburger Crawl on Epicurious Eats. They sample the burgers at a number of Columbia's off-the-beaten-trail hideaways and render a verdict. Even though the crawl was just last year, both End Zone and Palmetto Sandwich Shop are already gone.

(Hat tip to commenter south mauldin)

UPDATE 14 June 2011: Commenter Dennis provides this link to a Free Times story pinpointing the closing of Jerry Kelly's to 22 February 2008 (though the story claims that was a Saturaday when in fact it was a Friday, so the day may be off by one). It also gives a nice write-up about the restaurant itself.

UPDATE 12 September 2012 -- The place is now The Rolling Stone:


Written by ted on June 13th, 2011

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  1. When it was Jerry Kellys I drank many a beer there. George Felton (the USC basketball coach ) was a regular there.


    14 Jun 11 at 7:11 am

  2. Yep, it's been three years since Jerry Kelly closed up. Here's the 2008 article about it from the Free Times:

    The article mentions Sylvester Taylor, who I believe was the cook at Scrivens Alley.


    14 Jun 11 at 6:33 pm

  3. George Felton lost his job because he spent so much time there. I saw him often, and he was a nice guy. He got fired because he enjoyed the beer and then we got Steve Newton. Thanks Carolina. Another great move.

    south mauldin

    14 Jun 11 at 9:41 pm

  4. Funny. That article Dennis posted mentioned Doug's Dogs. I ate there one time and they were the absolute worst (HAHA) hotdogs I've ever eaten. I did always think the abandoned boat sitting in the dirt in the next lot was pretty funny, though.


    15 Jun 11 at 6:36 am

  5. Wasn't this the front office for a junkyard back in the early eighties?


    6 Jul 11 at 10:29 am

  6. jerry kelley's had some of the best hamburgers around


    21 Sep 11 at 2:49 pm

  7. The Rolling Stone Bar has opened in this building. Looks like the focus is more of a live music venue than a restaurant.


    5 Mar 12 at 9:15 am

  8. @ Dennis. I was on Pollstar last week, and saw a Rolling Stones cover band were playing in Columbia. I thought it was a typo, but it said they were playing at the Rolling Stone Bar! Columbia needs more music venues, that is for sure.


    5 Mar 12 at 9:53 am

  9. Drank many a beer there when it was the End Zone. Got a little history of the place from regulars who frequented it when it was Jerry Kelly's.

    Great crowds some nights but a tough location, menu could have used some updating.

    Good memories and I hope the new place makes it.


    17 Jun 12 at 12:55 am

  10. Apparently the new place, The Rolling Stone Bar is already in a conflict with Rolling Stone Magazine.

    BTW Dennis: Welcome! You might want to consider adding an initial or something to your handle though to distinguish it from our existing commenter "Dennis".


    17 Jun 12 at 1:42 am

  11. I added an initial, LOL.

    I see The Rolling Stone has now closed or will do so shortly, heard about it through the grapevine from some of the End Zone crowd.

    Again, a tough location, and the feral cats and whatnot around there don't help, either.

    Dennis B.

    7 Dec 12 at 12:51 am

  12. I'll have to check it out. Wonder how their conflict with the magazine played out, and if that was a factor..


    7 Dec 12 at 1:00 am

  13. The Rolling Stone might be closed (don't know one way or the other), but I did see a lot of vehicles parked there today. However, the USC building across the street (was it called the Roundhouse?) is being demolished.


    27 Jan 13 at 1:43 pm

  14. The article mentions that the Kellys were going to retire. Sadly, it was a short retirement. The restaurant closed in February, and he died in November. Here's his obit (and a mention of Downunder Columbia:


    16 Feb 13 at 4:20 pm

  15. Friends there in town confirmed that The Rolling Stone has closed. Owner indicated he may open up this year with a different theme, however there has been no news about the property amongst Rosewood folks/business owners in the area.

    Dennis B.

    31 Mar 13 at 7:34 pm

  16. I've thought it was closed a couple of times -- even took some pictures recently, then I went by one night and saw cars there..


    2 Apr 13 at 11:35 pm

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