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Dentsville Auto Upholstery + Unknown Drive-In, 1509 & 1531 Percival Road   5 comments

Posted at 4:49 pm in closing

These are the kind of businesses I notice off and on over the years, and if I think about them at all, wonder how they are making a living, until one day I notice that they are not anymore. These adjoining lots are on Percival Road, just east of Decker Boulevard.

The story, at least for the Upholstery shop seems to be a sad one, of the parents passing away, and the children not being able to carry on the business. I'm not clear on what the story of the little drive-in was as it was not detailed in the County Zoning hearing minutes which are online here. Apparently nobody even knew the name of the place.

The hearing seems to have focused on keeping the property commercial. The businesses had been operating on residential property as grandfathered operations, and when the business licenses lapsed, the ability to locate a business there did also. In this case it seems to me pretty much a no-brainer, and apparently it was approved. Both properties are now for sale, and time will tell what locates there.

Also, an interesting tid-bit came up in google when I was searching for the street addresses and "Duanne Warr", who was associated with the action somehow. As it turns out, in the minutes, he spoke for the proposed buyer of the property apparently as a realtor, but it appears he was once a Columbia heavy metal rocker cutting

One of the most insane records ever made!

UPDATE 7 June 2014 -- Commenter Sidney points out that the drive-in building has been razed, and so it has:






UPDATE 10 October 2016 -- The old drive-in lot is now about to be Tacos Nayarit Mexican Grill:




Written by ted on September 2nd, 2009

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5 Responses to 'Dentsville Auto Upholstery + Unknown Drive-In, 1509 & 1531 Percival Road'

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  1. I don't recall a drive-in, but that could have been there before my familarity with the area. I keep thinking that this other location might have been a "drive-up" hole-in-the-wall short-order grill--althought it might have previously had that same function if it was part of a drive-in.


    3 Sep 09 at 12:40 pm

  2. I took it to mean drive-in restaurant, not movie.

    (All I know about it is what's in the linked minutes, and that's not much).


    3 Sep 09 at 12:55 pm

  3. this was a few different little restaurants none of them very successful or long lived. i think the one with the most longevity and possibly the original building of it was a little eggroll and wing joint.


    4 Sep 09 at 11:18 pm

  4. Ted, you're very close to the neighborhood I grew up in. The drive-in has been a few things over the years - it was, briefly a coffee shop and, IIRC, a Cuban place. None of the businesses there ever lasted very long and it was unused from pretty much the mid-90's onward, if I remember correctly.


    7 Oct 09 at 12:37 am

  5. The Drive in was the origional Eggroll Station in the mid 80's, same owner now in the old Sunset DQ


    29 Dec 09 at 5:13 pm

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