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Lexington Arms Restaurant & Lounge, 316 West Main Street (Lexington): Mid May 2013   7 comments

Posted at 12:23 am in closing




















I had noticed Lexington Arms a few years ago when I did a closing on the Piggly Wiggly / Ace Hardware across the parking lot.

At the time, just from the rather 1970s look of the place, I figured it was a local hole-in-the-wall and didn't take the effort to find out anything about it. From my web searches today, I was apparently totally wrong, and this was a well regarded European restaurant serving authentic French and German food -- some of which you can apparently make them an offer on..

(Hat tip to commenter Kc)

UPDATE 8 August 2017 -- Well something is happening here. I assume the adjacent church is taking over and upfitting this wing of the plaza, but if not them, then someone is:







Written by ted on May 16th, 2013

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7 Responses to 'Lexington Arms Restaurant & Lounge, 316 West Main Street (Lexington): Mid May 2013'

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  1. Called the number yesterday since I had seen the sign on Saturday. Gentleman that answered the phone confirmed their closing-sad.


    16 May 13 at 4:58 am

  2. I hate this. Lex Arms was a really good restaurant that served quality food. I will admit that the interior was somewhat dated and I rarely noticed any of the younger crowd dining there.


    16 May 13 at 2:58 pm

  3. Lived in Columbia and Lexington all my life and never made it here, guess it won't happen now.

    The website is still up if anyone is interested.

    Standard restaurant Flash opening, lot's of "Your Text Here".

    Don't think I have ever seen a restaurant charge $27 for a 8 ounce filet AND then $0.25 for an extra roll.


    16 May 13 at 4:49 pm

  4. I ate there with my parents probably 20 years ago. I remember it was very expensive and the ambiance was lacking. However, a Lexington institution. Used to advertise a lot on the old Gene McKay/Bill Benton show.


    21 May 13 at 10:20 am

  5. This sounds like to me like what is going on with cafeterias...a generation of people associate it with dining with older relatives and as those relatives pass to life after this, their reason to go dies with those older relatives and it results in the cafeterias (or restaurant in this case) realizing they've run their course...I can also feel where a dated look will perhaps turn people off, either a younger crowd that it doesn't appeal to them because it's based on something before they were around or even folks realizing "this looked good in the [insert decade of past here] but not so now."


    21 May 13 at 3:47 pm

  6. Cafeterias are definitely a dying breed. When I was in my early teens I would go to Dutch Square with them on Saturdays. We would ALWAYS eat at Morrison's and the line would be stretched out the door. My Dad hated the place but he ate there anyway. He always said that it felt like they were herding cattle through the line. I still remember my two favorite dishes - turkey and pecan dressing and almondine fish. I think that this is a big problem with the Shoney's chain as well. They just don't keep up with the current trends.


    22 May 13 at 2:36 am

  7. If memory serves me correctly, this place was not always a fine dining establishment. YEARS ago when there was a downtown Lexington shopping district along Main St. my Grandmother and aunt would eat there after visiting their favorite store, Session's and getting my aunt's groceries from the Pig. Grandma always said that they were a little on the 'high side' but they served a more traditional fare that would have been more to the liking of Lexington of that time period. I can't for the life of me remember what it was called.


    22 May 13 at 3:15 am

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