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The Puddlin' Duck Restaurant & Pub, 108 Columbia Northeast Drive Suite G: Spring 2013   8 comments

Posted at 11:57 pm in Uncategorized

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This little Irish pub was tucked away at the bottom of the hill in the little strip mall fronted by Dunkin' Donuts. In fact, it was so tucked away that while every time I saw it, I meant to try it out sometime, it would always slip my mind completely when I actually was looking to go somewhere.

I noticed recently when I was looking at Golden City, that it had, so to speak, changed its stripes and is now Kwagga.

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  1. Went there twice. The décor inside was nice but the layout was a bit funky, which was its first strike. According a friend of mind who used to go there all the time, the second strike was there was a revolving door of mangers which ticked off a number of regulars who eventually quit going.

    Tom

    8 Jun 13 at 5:01 am

  2. Every time I stopped at Dunkin I saw the place and thought it was just a vacant building, or I might have dropped in.

    Jason

    8 Jun 13 at 2:31 pm

  3. It is Kwagga now. It was bought by a South African family from Peoria. The Duck had two owners in the course of a year. The Huggins bought and sold it in less than 4 months. For the changes, it is more of a sports bar now with lots of big screen tv's. The Irish theme is mostly gone now. Sadly, Red Fraley no longer plays there on Wednesday nights. He is one of the most talented performers in Columbia.

    joelc

    8 Jun 13 at 10:44 pm

  4. This place never found its stride, was way too pricey, and always had an odd "attitude" that grated on patrons.

    By the way, I saw Red Fraley recently at Chuggers in Blythewood, so he's still out playing.

    Mike

    9 Jun 13 at 3:13 pm

  5. This was previously an English/Irish themed place called "Ktees." I had been to both incarnations, but don't remember much about them. Most restaurants that I've been to that styled themselves as English/Irish fare had mostly common foods, with a few exceptions, such as calling the sausages bangers. I suspect in this area, they would have trouble marketing some of the more authentic things such as 'toad in the hole,' 'spotted dick,' and black pudding. And fuhgeddabout haggis!

    badger

    9 Jun 13 at 5:08 pm

  6. I used to love the Duck. It was one of the few places in Cola where you could shoot darts. The food was OK. Depended on who was in the kitchen. It was good place to have a couple of drinks at night without a huge crowd. I have not been in the new place yet. Will try it out soon.

    baptiste6

    11 Jun 13 at 5:09 pm

  7. Baptiste6: If you like playing darts, come out there on Wednesday night's at 7:15 or so. The Pointless Dart League plays there and all are welcome.

    joelc

    15 Jun 13 at 11:16 pm

  8. This used to be a fine-dining restaurant when it first opened in the late-1980's/early 1990's. I just cannot remember the name of it. The food was excellent, but I was eating on WAAS/WVOC barter at the time.

    It stayed open for a number of years, but faltered as it was too far down Two Notch from the real growth areas in the Clemson Road corridor and the Spring Valley crowd wasn't enough to maintain it, particularly once Wildewood was developed and the Summit had not yet slid into gangland.

    Steve

    2 Jul 13 at 10:39 am

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