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Bailey's Sports Grille, 115 Afton Court: 3 March 2013   28 comments

Posted at 11:10 pm in Uncategorized

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Every now and then, I go down Afton Court for the theater at the bottom of the street, which sometimes seems to have slightly different selections from most in town. Nonetheless, I was pretty much unaware that there was a Restaurant/Pool Hall just a little up from there. According to their closing sign, Bailey's had been there 18 years, which is a pretty good run, especially with all the turnover on Columbiana Drive.

(Hat tip to commenter Tom)

Written by ted on March 11th, 2013

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  1. Anyone remember an indoor playground type of place being here back in the 90s??

    I seem to remember one being here but can't remember what it was called (I was in Elementary School at the time)...

    Andrew

    11 Mar 13 at 11:23 pm

  2. I believe that building was built for Bailey's (in '95?... 2013-18years on the door), but I could be wrong.

    The bottom of the rules sign says "Fox and Hound." Was Bailey's a division of a larger outfit?
    Anyway, I always enjoyed Bailey's the few times I was there.

    JBL

    12 Mar 13 at 1:02 am

  3. Everyone in the Irmo/Harbison area is stunned by this as they were always busy.

    Tom

    12 Mar 13 at 4:52 am

  4. Yes, Bailey's was part of the Fox and Hound franchise.

    Justin

    12 Mar 13 at 5:54 am

  5. I am more than a little bit surprised about this. It's been a few years since I went there, but always saw lots of traffic in the parking lot when I drove by. Perhaps something nice will come to the building, since it's right next to a hotel and in front of the theater.

    Chris

    12 Mar 13 at 9:43 am

  6. That is surprising. Place always seemed to do good business.

    I wonder if the equipment's for sale. I wouldn't be mad about a pool table, even a used one from a bar.

    Jason

    12 Mar 13 at 11:21 am

  7. I remember when it was an indoor playground as well. I was in elementary school also in the early 90's I never got to go.

    William

    12 Mar 13 at 2:16 pm

  8. Indoor playground sounds like Discovery Zone. Not sure if they had one here (I just moved to Columbia 2 years ago), but DZ was a popular place for kids in the early 1990s.

    Did the whole Fox and Hound chain go out of business, or just this location under the Bailey's name?

    James

    12 Mar 13 at 3:16 pm

  9. The more I think about James's indication that sounds like Discovery Zone, the more plausible it sounds to me...I think Ted has mentioned before that he keeps phone books of days gone by handy and I wonder if he'd find said place if he looked through directories from 1993-95 as that's the time frame I'm thinking of.

    I remember at the entrance they had 3 openings, each numbered, on a receptacle and it said "Drop Gum here" with some type of clown type character on the can (don't ask me why that stands out above all else).

    According to their wiki page the company went bankrupt in 1996 and disestablished itself in 1999, with 500 locations being bought by Chuck E Cheese...

    Andrew

    12 Mar 13 at 4:35 pm

  10. I remember going to a discovery zone growing up in Columbia. I think it was around 1995-97. Is this where the location was in Columbia?

    j

    12 Mar 13 at 8:45 pm

  11. Unfortunately my home phonebooks go like 1997, 2005, 2008 -present, so I'll have to check it out at the library. Also unfortunately that's something I have a lot less time to do lately.

    ted

    12 Mar 13 at 11:27 pm

  12. I am almost positive that is was Discovery Zone. That name rang a bell when I read some of the post.

    William

    13 Mar 13 at 2:57 pm

  13. The more think about Discovery Zone (in light of what others here have mentioned), the more convinced I am that Discovery Zone was what occupied this space back in the 90s. I've seen several videos on YouTube about them as well...

    I just wish I had a phone book from 1993-95 I could page through and conclusively conclude that Discovery Zone was here...

    Andrew

    13 Mar 13 at 11:22 pm

  14. I looked on line to see if there was any info why this placed closed and learned that F&H apparently has a policy of closing locations without warning to anyone, including employees.

    Tom

    14 Mar 13 at 5:32 am

  15. Andrew - I seem to remember a Discovery Zone in that area as well. I know there was one next to Columbia Mall too, and if I remember correctly, it was around at least a year or so after the one in Harbison closed. My younger cousin was still in elementary school when those were around and as I was in high school and was driving, she always wanted me to take her there.

    TahoeChic

    14 Mar 13 at 11:37 am

  16. I was researching The State archives to try to find out what I could about this place and it referenced a Discovery Zone that was near what was then Columbia Mall and now that TahoeChic confirms it, I wonder what is currently in their former spot out there.

    Andrew

    14 Mar 13 at 11:47 am

  17. I think that "D's Shoe Warehouse" that Ted did a post on a while back is at or near the same spot where the Columbia Mall Discovery Zone was. I know it was in the back corner area of Capitol Centre, and I think there was a Dollar Tree near there sometime after that as well.

    TahoeChic

    14 Mar 13 at 12:25 pm

  18. There is (was?) a big indoor playground place on Sunset between Lexington and I-20.

    JBL

    15 Mar 13 at 3:27 am

  19. Yeah, Monkey Joe's seems to be today's Discovery Zone.

    Jason

    15 Mar 13 at 9:15 am

  20. Too bad. Bailey's had good food, seemed neat and clean, and the staff was friendly.

    RM

    11 Apr 13 at 11:26 am

  21. Folks there is some façade work on this building in progress (unsure what for)

    Andrew

    8 Sep 13 at 11:43 pm

  22. I used to take my kids there in the mid nineties. It wasn't a Discovery Zone, but a place that was very similar. Had a great three story indoor playground.

    Evans

    21 Dec 13 at 1:55 pm

  23. I used to take my kids there in the mid nineties. It wasn't a Discovery Zone, but a place that was very similar. Had a great three story indoor playground.

    Evans

    21 Dec 13 at 1:55 pm

  24. What is it now, Andrew?

    JBL

    22 Dec 13 at 8:57 pm

  25. Flaming Grill Supreme Buffet is now open here.

    I haven't been myself but I gather it to be an Asian buffet (based on the name I saw on the ABL application during the construction). I'm not one for Asian places as they tend to smell unappetizing for me (but I'm curious to hear what experience others have if they make it).

    Andrew

    2 Feb 14 at 12:25 am

  26. Great - just what we need, another Asian buffet to go with the glut of Mexican restaurants, wing places and sports bars!!

    Homer

    2 Feb 14 at 1:14 am

  27. We ate at the Flaming Grill for lunch the other day. The best thing i can say about it is that it was cheap. Me and the wife ate for under 20 dollars, which was unexpected since they offer all the normal buffet fare, plus hand made sushi and the hibachi grill.

    The food wasn't bad, in fact it was pretty typical buffet food. Some of it could have been a little bit warmer, but it was all pretty standard. But if im in the mood for chinese buffet again, i'll drive the extra few miles to King Buffet on St Andrews. The sushi bar was pretty big, and extremely colorful. But IMO it all tasted the same: bland. It didn't matter which kind you chose. If you want better all you can eat sushi, Hokaido in Ballentine is much much better. I didnt try the hibachi grill, but my wife said it wasn't anything special, either.

    For the amount they must be paying in rent to be located there i guess i expected the Flaming Grill to be more upscale, and higher quality. Maybe the food will get better, but in my experience the best meals you ever get from a buffet is when the place is brand new. That doesnt bode well for The Flaming Grill.

    IrmoJeff

    2 Feb 14 at 12:56 pm

  28. I have eaten at Flaming Grill 2 times. I really did not think that the food was that bad. They people were always filling up the dishes and was always warm. I do have to say that is just your typical buffet. I am not sure why places like this cannot have different more traditional Asian food.

    William

    2 Feb 14 at 4:17 pm

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