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Tainos, 4545 Broad River Road: November 2012   9 comments

Posted at 12:44 am in closing














Tainos was a Caribbean restaurant in a Broad River Road building perhaps most notable for having been the original Lizard's Thicket. It's certainly been quite a number of things since then, though Tainos seems to have brought lizards back to the building.

The story told by the door notices is rather distressing, though of course it is told from the restaurant's point of view. Certainly it seems to have been a nasty surprise.

(Hat tip to commenter Soxinsc)

Written by ted on December 12th, 2012

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  1. I wanted to try this place, but was not sure if it was more of a "bar" or a restaurant. Kinda the same concern I had for el toro on St. Andrews. Someone got shot there, but it was late, later than you would be eating dinner. I had heard good things about this place. I saw a groupon for another caribbean joint, so I may try that. Like the place on St. Andrews, people are going to stop trying to open up new places at these locations, because they simply don't stay open.


    12 Dec 12 at 10:04 am

  2. I'm sorry to read this. Columbia has been so great with adding diversity and culture to their city recently. I've been wanting to try Tainos, but I've never made it to that part of Columbia. I hope they can deal with their tax issues and re-open.

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    12 Dec 12 at 12:02 pm

  3. Strange, taxes on this property were only around $6K a year.

    For what it's worth, the owners of this building also owned the now-closed AMF Bowling nearby.


    12 Dec 12 at 2:02 pm

  4. 'Only' $6K a year? For that?

    There's a reason businesses are leaving Columbia and Richland County. I'm constantly amazed at the property taxes over there.


    13 Dec 12 at 7:38 am

  5. That's really not that high, given the property's assessed value. You can't compare that to what you pay in property taxes on your primary residence, because the ratio for a non-primary residence - or a non-residence - is higher (6% vs. 4%) and that makes a pretty big difference.

    The difference between this location and a few thousand feet away in Irmo is minimal, property tax-wise. Around $800 a year less is all. If businesses are leaving Richland, it's because they're not doing enough sales to remain open, not because they're being taxed out of business.


    13 Dec 12 at 11:04 am

  6. I remember eating at this location when it was a mexican resturant back in 2011


    29 Dec 12 at 12:53 pm

  7. That would have been La Fagota or El Meson.


    29 Dec 12 at 1:06 pm

  8. Yes, it was a La Fogato before this, and a local owned restaurant back in the late 90s. I'm trying to remember the name, Blueberry's? something with berry or blue in it. I believe a retired teacher/couple from Dutch Fork owned it? I ate 80 wings there when it was . . . . the berry named place.


    29 Jan 13 at 10:43 am

  9. IrmoJeff

    29 Jan 13 at 12:13 pm

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