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Carolina Wings & Rib House, 600 Gervais Street: 9 December 2012   16 comments

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The Carolina Wings at the corner of Gervais & Pulaski is the latest location of this local chain to close. (You can see other stores here, and here).

There was an article in The State about it. I didn't save the link, but the gist as I recall it was that the chain went into bankruptcy, and that as part of their reorganization to come out of it, they were closing stores where the rent was too high and the margin too low to make sense in their current status.

As of a few weeks ago, at least, their Pawleys Island location (really Litchfield, but everybody tries to say they're Pawleys nowadays..) was still open, so they still do have a bit of a non-Midlands presence.

(Hat tip to commenter MB)

UPDATE 14 July 2014 -- As mentioned by commenter Andrew, this building has now been sold:

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Written by ted on January 7th, 2013

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16 Responses to 'Carolina Wings & Rib House, 600 Gervais Street: 9 December 2012'

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  1. Went here once with a group from class. The food was OK but I recall the beer not being cold. I wasn't put off by the experience but not impressed enough to ever go back.

    Justin

    7 Jan 13 at 8:54 am

  2. Hmm Maybe the high rent is what keeps killing restaurants in this building. Seems like a great location with a big parking lot. The food wasn't that great, but no worse than a lot of greasy bar food type places.

    Cary

    7 Jan 13 at 2:15 pm

  3. Wow, I'm actually kind of sad. I had my first "legal" drink here by chance on March 26th 2004, it was a coors light in a glass with a orange slice (for whatever reason). Went there about 2 or 3 times afterwards over the years....:(

    Ryan

    9 Jan 13 at 5:34 pm

  4. This location was as good (or bad) as the rest of the Carolina Wings but I liked it because if someone wanted to meet in the Vista then you could meet there and not have to worry about parking.

    ED

    10 Jan 13 at 9:25 pm

  5. So how many are left in the Columbia area now? I think there are just too many wing joints around time that they cannot sustain themselves.

    BTW - does anyone know if anything is in the building that use to house Headliner's and all of the myriad of other clubs that have been in and out of there over the years?

    Homer

    11 Jan 13 at 12:52 am

  6. HMMMM. that should have read - I think there are just too many wing joints around town that they cannot sustain themselves.

    Homer

    11 Jan 13 at 12:54 am

  7. According to their website, there are six locations. Clemson Rd, Lexington, Cayce, Blythewood and Red Bank in the Columbia area and the location at Litchfield/Pawleys.

    The newer locations that I have been to seem to be smaller. I think they are moving away from the large Sports Bar type atmosphere into casual dining.

    That being said, last time I was at the Lexington location, they started up the trivia contest while we were trying to eat and it made it hard to talk with the people we met for dinner.

    ED

    11 Jan 13 at 9:36 am

  8. They had a site in West Columbia (not Cayce), but it is closed...http://columbiaclosings.com/wordpress/?p=5016

    tonkatoy

    14 Jan 13 at 7:48 am

  9. I think the "Cayce" location is the Fish Hatchery Road location, but I don't know if it's still open.

    badger

    14 Jan 13 at 9:21 am

  10. The Cayce location is listed to be at 2423 Fish Hatchery Rd. so I think it's still running...

    Andrew

    14 Jan 13 at 12:45 pm

  11. There's one at the Hoggly Woggly? Did not know that.

    tonkatoy

    15 Jan 13 at 7:34 am

  12. tonkatoy, it isn't in Cayce Crossing itself. The shoppes building that features Carolina Wings is across the street from the Fish Hatchery entrance to Cayce Crossing.

    Andrew

    15 Jan 13 at 11:48 am

  13. Oh, OK.

    I guess you can tell how often I get over there. I hate getting out of that store so I've only been once or twice.

    tonkatoy

    16 Jan 13 at 7:30 am

  14. I ate there a few times. They had a nice salad bar until they decided to close it. They had the hottest wings on the planet, called the Suicide Wings. You had to sign a waiver to eat them. I tortured myself eating them. The next morning was torture too!

    You would think that the location is prime in the heart of the Vista. I have no idea what the rent was but it must have been high enough to cause second thoughts about the location, especially during a bankruptsy proceeding.

    joelc

    17 Jan 13 at 11:38 pm

  15. Folks I have noticed signage indicating this property has sold...

    Andrew

    6 Jul 14 at 12:11 am

  16. It appears as if a place called Twin Peaks is about to set up shop here per the same report announcing Panera in the former Bluenstein's...

    Andrew

    12 Dec 14 at 10:09 pm

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