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McAlister's Deli, 300 Columbiana Drive: 25 April 2013 (open again)   3 comments

Posted at 11:14 pm in Uncategorized










For some reason I've never really warmed up to McAlister's. I think that is probably due to the negative synergy of three factors: 1) They don't have booths, and the chairs are not comfortable, and 2) they don't have table service, but 3) you still can't refill your own drink.

Be that as it may, nobody is sitting at this one for a while, as it caught fire early on the 25th.

When I went by, I could definitely smell smoke as I stepped into the patio area. In contrast to a number of other places that have caught fire though, work started on recovery almost immediately, and equipment is already in place to rehabilitate the building. The "closed for renovation" sign suggests that there might be an upfit involved as well, but I tend to think that's just boiler-plate phrasing.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

11 September 2012: Updated status to "open again"

UPDATE 3 February 2014 -- Finally here's a picture of the refurbished store in operation:


Written by ted on May 1st, 2013

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  1. I confess that Ted's writing on this post has stimulated some interesting thoughts within me...

    I don't eat at Deli type places very much and that's most likely why I never warmed to up to McCallister's. I tend to shy away from Blimpie, Subway or Quizno's as well.

    I also tend to shy away from places without self-serve beverage bars (as I call them) and I think that's the reason I don't eat at Wendy's very much.

    Ted also seems comfortable eating at restaurants with table service solo (something I tend to shy away from).


    1 May 13 at 11:46 pm

  2. The only thing I knew about this place is they had/have geat iced tea.


    3 May 13 at 11:45 am

  3. folks, this place is back in business...


    9 Aug 13 at 2:54 am

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