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Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, 486 Town Center Place (Village at Sandhill): 14 July 2009 (temporary) / 16 December 2011 (final)   11 comments

Posted at 11:12 pm in restaurants

Well, this is unpleasant news:

Columbia Fire Department firefighters were dispatched at 11:09 p.m. to 486 Town Center Place, the location of Brixx Wood Fire Pizza, where a fire had spread up a flue from a pizza oven, Assistant Chief Aubrey Jenkins said.

Brixx is one of my regular after 10pm Tuesday night pizza hangouts (Pizzeria Uno on US-378 is the other), and it's pretty much a roll of the dice that put me at Uno on the 14th rather than enjoying the fun here. Luckily, nobody was hurt. I'm a bit surprised that the news story states that the fire was post closing -- Usually they don't close until midnight or 1am.

I think Brixx is a bit of a frustrating place in that they have a good concept and very attentive staff, but the food execution could be better. They have lots of different combos and some more unusual ingredients, but often when I get a custom pizza, the extra stuff on top is not hot, and the crust and sauce are acceptable, but not great. (Landolfi's at Pawleys Island is the best brick-oven pizza in SC, arguably the best pizza in SC period). Anyway, the sign on the door says closed until further notice, but I hope they come back soon and better than ever.

While I was in there once, one of the wait staff mentioned that the people living upstairs had been complaining about the noise at night -- I suppose that's the good old days now!

These pictures are not very good because at first there was a group of men standing under the front awning with clipboards making some sort of assesment of the situation and I didn't want to just walk up and stick my camera under their noses, snapping away. After that, it started to rain, and I had to stand under an awning at Which Wich. There were some sort of hoses running to the upstairs apartments, but given my angle you can't see them.

UPDATE 20 July 2009: OK, some more pictures, a bit closer:

UPDATE 21 December 2011:

Well, Brixx is closed again, this time for good. I had not been there too much lately because my situation had changed, and I could get to some closer places that closed earlier. However, I did make it there several times after they re-opened, with the last time being on Sunday 11 December 2011. It still wasn't my favorite pizza in town, but a perfectly acceptable one, and my toppings were all nice and hot the times I got back there recently. The waitresses were always good about keeping the tea refills coming too.

I don't know what this says about the Village at Sandhill except that it can't be good news for them as they have taken several hits in 2011 including Talbots, Corked, AAA and La Fogata.

(Hat tip to commenter Sidney)

Written by ted on July 16th, 2009

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11 Responses to 'Brixx Wood Fired Pizza, 486 Town Center Place (Village at Sandhill): 14 July 2009 (temporary) / 16 December 2011 (final)'

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  1. Ted, you're right--Landolfi’s pizza is to die for....

    Mike

    17 Jul 09 at 12:08 pm

  2. They opened up again a week or two ago.

    Jason

    1 Jan 10 at 11:31 pm

  3. They were remoliding the place i think it took about a month

    Javier

    13 Sep 10 at 8:33 pm

  4. I am gonna miss the "Mexican" pizza and the Black and German bartender Brandy.

    Sidney

    22 Dec 11 at 10:25 pm

  5. Thanks for the hat tip! I love this site.

    Sidney

    22 Dec 11 at 10:27 pm

  6. Brixx was absolutely my favorite restaurant in Columbia. I love healthy food. I really liked their Brixx salad and hummus trio. I will be missed, as is Corked.
    :-(

    Denise Driggers

    30 Dec 11 at 6:27 pm

  7. Very unfortunate as they were the only place in NE with a good tap selection, not to mention good pizza. This must have been sudden as when I was there a few days ago, no ome seemed to know anything about a closing. It seems strange to me, because they were always busy whenever I went there.

    Jack

    3 Jan 12 at 5:45 pm

  8. Jack, they found out the Monday before they closed, December 12.

    Sidney

    4 Jan 12 at 3:25 pm

  9. Jack, speaking of beer. Have you tried World of Beer? They have over 300 different beers from all over the world. It's in the Vista right across from Liberty Tap Room and next to Wild Hare.

    Sidney

    4 Jan 12 at 3:27 pm

  10. Sidney

    That is really unfortunate then; they deserved better if that was the case. The really sad part was I had just completed my punch card and was excited to use it. I did not try World of Beer as I had heard some negative things about the service and the way the tap list was laid out (alphabetical, which provides you with almost no useful information) and, personally, I prefer not to have to get to-go/delivery from another outlet when I want a meal with a beer!

    Jack

    3 Apr 12 at 12:10 pm

  11. Village at Sandhill is not going to work in the long run. I just don't think the shops and restaurants are going to get enough business. At least from an outdoor mall vs. indoor mall perspective: With an indoor mall, you have to walk by a bunch of other stores to get to the store you want to go to. Often, you may stop into some of these stores, if you see something interesting. Also, if it's cold, hot, or raining, you want to be inside. A mall is a good choice. With an outdoor mall, however, for the most part you can just park in front of the store you want to shop, you are not as likely to walk by other stores, and if it's cold, hot, or raining, you are not going to want to just stroll around. Just my thoughts.

    I do miss Brixx, mainly because of how late they were open. The food was not too bad, and not very expensive.

    Amanda F.

    31 May 12 at 4:16 pm

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