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Ankh Life International Vegan Cafe, 6164 Saint Andrews Road: May 2014   24 comments

Posted at 12:35 am in closing





















I'm beginning to think this spot is as snakebit as 2630 Decker Boulevard

UPDATE 3 February 2016 -- As mentioned in the comments, this is to become Golden Bay seafood:



UPDATE 10 May 2016 -- As mentioned in the comments, Golden Bay is now open:


Written by ted on June 2nd, 2014

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24 Responses to 'Ankh Life International Vegan Cafe, 6164 Saint Andrews Road: May 2014'

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  1. I knew from the start this one wasn't going to last long. And, yes Ted, this is a cursed restaurant.....


    2 Jun 14 at 1:36 am

  2. Perception can be everything, it can make or break a business, a person or an idea.
    After seeing the hand written signs and the writing in the windows, combined with the name of the restaurant, my perception is at an all time low. I do not know for sure but, how many people in Columbia are going to know what a ankh is, or even be able to pronounce it?
    Not trying to insult any ones intelligence but, an ankh is a cross with a loop for it's upper arm that served as a emblem of life in ancient Egypt so,
    the name of the restaurant is Life Life? Strange.
    I would not go there except to prove my theory is correct, that this would be a terrible place to eat.


    2 Jun 14 at 10:45 am

  3. And one more thing, Where's the beef?


    2 Jun 14 at 10:47 am

  4. I don't care if this restaurant was the only place in town to get the antidote, I'm not setting foot in there until they step up their sign game and hire someone who got better than a D+ in penmanship. Looks like a place to go get your organs harvested as it is.


    2 Jun 14 at 8:33 pm

  5. And how 'bout the Comic Sans font on he sign? Ya don't see that every day!


    2 Jun 14 at 9:01 pm

  6. @Rick - Amen to you, brother!!

    I can handle vegetarian OK. I do eat my fair share of vegetables, albeit they are not cooked vegan (or vegetarian) style. But when you start saying I can't eat butter, cheese, milk, eggs or anything else that is derived from an animal. Can't do it. Outside of tofu, I can't stand any of the soy, nut or whatever else the vegan replacements are made of.

    Sit me down with a nice porterhouse steak (topped with a pat of herb butter), a baked potato slathered with sour cream and butter and a nice tossed salad topped with thick, creamy ranch or blue cheese dressing and I'm in heaven!

    I might be clogging my arteries and heading to an early grave, but at least I'll have a smile on my face when I go.


    3 Jun 14 at 1:59 am

  7. @Jason - being a vegan restaurant, I don't think you would have to worry about your organs being harvested unless they can trade them in for tofu, bean sprouts and soy milk. They probably wouldn't want to touch the blood or organs in the first place.


    3 Jun 14 at 2:04 am

  8. @Homer- Steak, potato and a salad. It's simple, it taste great, it's hard to beat.

    Lately I have enjoyed my steaks marinated in a 50/50 mixture of Dale's Steak Seasoning and Italian Dressing.
    I marinate for about thirty minutes.

    Like many people I know, I'm always searching for that special blend of spices to kick up a meal. I have found that in most cases salt and pepper are the only spices required.


    3 Jun 14 at 7:27 am

  9. @Rick, as I say in my kitchen S&P is the key! I get compliments all the time for my burgers. Salt, pepper, pepper and a little more pepper and not some lean BS ground beef is all I use. Publix market ground beef seems to be best option for local grocery. Oh and DEATH to the chef who likes to press their burgers w spatula over and over while they grill, I get up and leave that clowns picnic ASAP, no need to sit around and wait on hockey pucks. Only ONE flip, cheese it and never press, you'll enjoy new found love for burgers.


    5 Jun 14 at 1:59 pm

  10. From WLTX 4/17 DHEC report - Low Scores:
    - Food being held at improper temperatures
    - Trash bag being used for food storage
    - Walls with splash, dirt and mildew buildup throughout
    Follow-up inspection: April 18th

    There was something unsettling about such a low score at a "health-conscious" restaurant!

    Mary Douglass

    7 Jun 14 at 12:13 pm

  11. @Rick & Peter - I experimented with something over the Memorial Day weekend. I took a LARGE Vidalia onion, cut it in eighths and placed in in an aluminum pan. Seasoned with S&P and added 1/4 cup of water and a stick of chopped up unsalted butter. Sat it on a warm portion of the grill, over hickory, and let it simmer away until the onion was tender. I was really good!!


    8 Jun 14 at 1:32 am

  12. OK - I'm probably going to tick off some vegans but here goes anyway.

    What DHEC didn't realize is that the mildew was being cultured on purpose for this new entree they were trying to perfect.....

    @Rick, got that seat down under warming up for you, buddy!!! God, I love 'adult' beverages...haha!!


    8 Jun 14 at 1:41 am

  13. A friend and I ate at this place. The food was so-so and expensive. I was not impressed.


    8 Jun 14 at 7:00 pm

  14. I've noticed some folks here working leading me to think that this is likely to be something new in the new year but stay tuned as details progress...


    23 Dec 15 at 8:55 pm

  15. Coming soon: Golden Bay Seafood restaurant...their signage indicates that they also plan on serving subs, Pasta and steaks...


    22 Jan 16 at 4:47 pm

  16. Offering all things for all people. Watch for those hand drawn signs and keep those camera batteries charged for an update.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    22 Jan 16 at 6:33 pm

  17. The hand-drawn signs are long gone...


    22 Jan 16 at 7:34 pm

  18. Knowing the track record of this property, it will be a small miracle if it ever gets off the ground. But, if it does, I hope it will be on the order of a Harbor Inn. Lord knows, Irmo needs a simple, reasonably priced seafood restaurant. But, like Joe said, "all things for all people", is never a good sign. When a restaurant strays from its main focus, you're asking for failure...


    24 Jan 16 at 3:54 am

  19. The thing of it is, not everyone eats seafood so having things other than that allows those of us that don't eat seafood to be comfortable eating there...

    Little Mexico did operate here for a good number of years but after they closed up the restaurants that have been here subsequent to them have had their own issues with staying power once they opened so we shall see how this pans out...


    24 Jan 16 at 8:52 pm

  20. Who doesn't eat seafood?!? Expand your horizons (unless you allergic).


    25 Jan 16 at 9:53 pm

  21. are, forgot the are


    25 Jan 16 at 9:54 pm

  22. Allergic reactions are the only reason I can think of to shy away from seafood. Ironically, I am allergic to mussels but can eat any other shellfish that I desire. There's nothing better than crab legs or lobster tails with drawn butter, an old fashioned fried seafood platter or a good old low country boil!!!


    26 Jan 16 at 1:11 am

  23. I have yet to see any activity around this place since the 'coming soon' signage went up. Wondering if it's another failure before he get-go.....


    9 Apr 16 at 12:15 am

  24. Golden Bay is NOW OPEN here...I hope I can try it out soon and if so I'll be happy to offer whatever thoughts such experience affords me...


    2 May 16 at 12:36 pm

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