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Wing Nuts, 280 Harbison Boulevard Suite A: 2014   21 comments

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Wing Nuts was in the old Sesame Inn slot in the Outback plaza on Harbison. (I used to call it the Barnes & Noble plaza). Online reviews were not.. overly positive, but then nobody goes online to leave a good review.

Interestingly, the place has been on the market as a turn-key running business since last October (October 2013), as can be seen in these two LoopNet listings, here and here listings. That apparently did not work, as the place is now fairly gutted.

(Hat tip to commenter Ellen)

Written by ted on June 17th, 2014

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  1. I have to admit, I do like the logo......


    17 Jun 14 at 12:43 am

  2. This was a second location for Wing Nuts. The older one on 378 near Lexington in the 'Lexington Place' shopping center closed back in March.


    17 Jun 14 at 9:27 am

  3. I can't say I'm surprised. I went there once, and was thoroughly disappointed. They didn't have a kid's menu and didn't even have combos. Everything was separate. The wings were sub-par and the service stunk. I'm surprised they lasted as long as they did.


    17 Jun 14 at 11:58 am

  4. I thought about going but it didn't work out for me to go.

    My inclination (given DDR's track record to backfill Harboson Court vacancies) is to believe that something will come along to backfill this place but only time will tell.


    17 Jun 14 at 12:05 pm

  5. Hearing rumors of Goatfeathers closing. Anyone have any info?


    17 Jun 14 at 3:28 pm

  6. @Mikey - I can relate, I know it could be considered wrong to give a restaurant only one chance to make a first impression, but that's me. I have a very low tolerance for poor service and poor food quality.

    If they do not get it right the first time, I'm not going back.
    I will complain about a lot of things but rarely do I give food establishments a second chance.
    I do not hesitate to e-mail corporate offices to voice my opinion, Wal-Mart, Sears, just about any business.
    Just two weeks ago I sent an e-mail to Margaret Holmes canned vegetables complaining about how I only got six slices of squash in a can of seasoned squash. They sent me coupons for four free cans of vegies. Margaret Holmes is out of Effingham S.C.

    I enjoy a Wise Potato Chip product called "Cheez Waffies", Cheez Waffies are a waffle like cracker with cheese in the middle. The waffies are kind of expensive for the small bag one gets, $2.99. I purchased two bags at BI-LO and in both bags there was nothing but crackers, no cheese in the middle.
    I e-mailed Wise and they sent me coupons for three free bags.

    I purchased a $20.00 gift card at the Subway that is in the same shopping center as the old Wal-Mart on Garners Ferry Road. I gave it to my son as one of his birthday gifts. He likes Subway. When he and I went back to use it to get subs, I was told they do not accept gift cards. They told me they had recently changed owners and were not setup to accept gift cards.
    I got a little angry and said why do you sell them if you do not accept them. I e-mailed Subway, got coupons for ten free subs. I made an exception here, subway could be considered a restaurant. But this was not over poor food quality.

    The key to getting compensated is to be pleasant in your e-mail, giving details as to why you are disappointed and to say that you are sending the e-mail because you thought they would like to know, then, and the most important part, is DO NOT include your phone number or address. If you do that they immediately think you are trying to get something for nothing. Just say regards or sincerely and leave your name, they will e-mail you back and ask for your mailing address to send free coupons. Works every time.

    I went to Churches Fried Chicken back in 1984, Fathers Day, I had a coupon for eight pieces of chicken, two sides and two pieces of corn on the cob. My wife and I were going to Sesqui State park to have a picnic.
    The girl at the counter told me she could not honor the coupon because they did not have any corn on the cob.
    I said that's okay, I don't need the corn on the cob just give me every thing else, she said she could not do it because they did not have the corn.
    I got a little ticked off and said I DON'T want the corn on the cob, just give me the chicken and the sides, it will be to your advantage NOT to give me the corn on the cob. She still would not honor the coupon.
    I made her get the manager and he told me the same thing.
    I told them I was going to alert their corporate HQ and as long as I live I will never step foot back in a Churches again.
    I sent Churches a letter explaining what happened, this was of course before internet was popular. They sent a letter back apologizing saying that the management has changed and they were sorry.

    Now, after 30 thirty years I have kept my word and have not even pulled into a Churches parking lot, now the fun part, every five years since then I have e-mailed (sent a letter the first five years) and reminded Churches of the incident, saying in my e-mails that I have purchased thousands of meals from restaurants over the years but I have not spent a dime at yours. They still will not send me a coupon. I think it was because I was NASTY. I just sent another reminder to them this past weekend. Have not heard back. I do not believe Churches gives a damn. I will still remind them every five years until I die, I wonder if I can schedule e-mails to send in the future, you know, every five years after I'm gone. That would be cool.

    Well, I can see that I have probably used up all of Ted's disk space for the day, so with that I say "adieu"


    17 Jun 14 at 4:16 pm

  7. @Ted - Help me with my use of quotation marks, did I use them correctly when I bid adieu? And where should the period go, inside or out of the quote marks? I did not use one because I was unsure.


    17 Jun 14 at 4:29 pm

  8. I've heard before, "You don't get a second chance to make a first impression." (not sure where said phrase was coined)

    The University of South Carolina has said, "First Impressions last."

    If you leave a bad first impression on someone at a restaurant, they are unlikely to return. Enough people have that type of experience and the customer base drops off and it does restaurants in. That's what I gather to have happened to Wing Nuts.

    Sometimes restraunts are going for a while but things start to decline, word gets out and that causes people to quit eating there and eventually close (that's what I gather to have happened to Shoney's at Bush River & Arrowood).

    I have never been to Church's but my late grandmother said their chicken was very greasy to her and that has had me hesitant to eat there.


    17 Jun 14 at 4:29 pm

  9. @Andrew - Whenever I tell the story about Churches, many people respond by saying they too think Churches chicken is to greasy. So, Grandma was RIGHT.


    17 Jun 14 at 4:36 pm

  10. @Andrew - A close friend of mine, and next door neighbor, owned the Shoney's Franchise here in Columbia until about four or five years ago.
    He also owns other types of restaurants in different cities across the southeast.
    He eventually sold the Shoney's Franchise and moved to N.C. to start a new pizza restaurant after his wife got a job at Duke Medical Center. His wife is a bad ass nurse/chick, (please forgive the expression).
    He said it was SO hard to find competent help in S.C. that he would NEVER open another restaurant here again.


    17 Jun 14 at 4:53 pm

  11. Wing Nuts had two enormous problems: it was a wing joint that didn't serve alcohol, and the best thing there wasn't the wings. The cheesesteak sandwiches were on point, while the wings were just okay.

    And Rick, the quotation marks were correct, though you needed a comma after "say" and the period should go inside the quotation marks, per US rules. UK English would have the period outside the quotation marks, which is one of the few things I think they get right. But generally adieus are bid and not said, in which case you would dispense with the quotation marks entirely.


    17 Jun 14 at 8:13 pm

  12. As it happens, I have Strunk & White sitting beside my computer today. They say of American quotation usage:

    "I can't attend," she said.

    Typographical usage dictates that the comma be inside the marks though logically it often seems not to belong there.

    I agree the British usage is less stressful to programmers, as we tend to be very picky about what is in our quoted strings.

    Also, in this case, since it is a direct quote, and a one word sentence, I would capitalize the 'A'. I think in this case the sentiment of saying 'adieu' is general enough that we don't have to imagine it is a direct quote, and you could leave the quotation marks out entirely.

    Dialogue used to drive me crazy -- it's definitely something where having a good editor or an awesome co-author really helps.


    There will be no test.


    17 Jun 14 at 10:56 pm

  13. @Robert,

    Free Times says Goatfeathers closed on 31 May. I'll have to get over there.


    18 Jun 14 at 12:02 am

  14. I'd be the last person to ask about grammar. To me the comma inside the quotes just looks plain weird!! I've been a computer programmer for 35 years and still can't type! I can code a mainframe assembler program a heck of a lot better that I can type in English. As a matter of fact, it seems that my typing has gotten worse in the last few years. In addition, my southern drawl is getting worse as well. At least I haven't turned the S*** word into multiple syllables yet. Guess I need to be tested for 'old-timers' disease.


    18 Jun 14 at 12:11 am

  15. @Rick, no disrespect, and I fully agree about writing corporate when you experience bad service. BUT you're being a bit Uncle Rico-ish about the Church's thing, not for Church's but for yourself, let it out of your head. Still boycott, but don't let the negative energy come to the front of your head every 5 years when you write an email about something that happened in 1984. The whole customer service dept that gets that email probably has a good chuckle, thinks you're a bit off rocker, and moves on, I think you are right that they don't care to get your business back, I'd say that's fine. Again no disrespect, just a different perspective.


    18 Jun 14 at 12:57 pm

  16. @Peter - Thank you for your perspective. I did not find your comments disrespectful. Please bear in mind, I AM a bit off my rocker.
    My personality gives me the incredible ability, almost super hero like powers, to be outspoken and controversial.
    Combined with a sense of humor, that in most cases, only I find amusing, tends to generate opinions that are contrary to the way I think.
    As far as the negative energy goes, please revisit my comment from 17 June @ 4:16pm, second sentence, last paragraph were I say, now the fun part. I emphasize fun.

    First, I find it relaxing to do what I do, poking around the internet, bringing poor service to peoples attention and sending e-mails expressing my opinion.
    Next, I enjoy when I make people laugh (Chuckle) even at my own expense.
    It is something I have grown to accept and ENJOY over the years.
    So, with that said, I again thank you for your perspective, but I am already aware of my flaws and short comings and have learned to live with them.
    Please do not hesitate to alert me in the future with your perspectives or when you find a flaw in my personality, I enjoy giving mine in return.


    18 Jun 14 at 4:38 pm

  17. @Homer - I can not type either, I have always been someone that types with two fingers, and I'm pretty dang fast at it too, in my opinion. Thank goodness for the back space key.
    My wife and son, it sounds like a machine gun firing when they type.


    18 Jun 14 at 4:47 pm

  18. Peter you got me to thinking. Most places like Church's have a regular enough turnover that most likely, none of the employees Rick encountered at the time of his bad experience in 1984 are working there now...I'd even wager that there have been many of changes in Church's corporate office in Sandy Springs, GA in the intervening years.

    My late grandmother's impression that their chicken was greasy has left such an impression on me that even in her passing, she has had me hesitant to set foot in one.

    I've also concluded that no business (no matter the size) is going to appeal to every Tom, Dick and Harry out there. Sure you have to have a wide customer base to succeed but at the same time, you can't appeal to everybody that comes along.


    18 Jun 14 at 4:49 pm

  19. @Andrew - I did not mention in my comment to Peters reply, that I feel I am doing Churches a service, or favor if you will, by alerting them to the basic fundamentals of customer service, which may be lost in the high turnover rate that you refer to. The customer is the most important part of your business. Take care of the customer and one should succeed.
    If I had been the Manager at the time I would have given the meal for free.


    18 Jun 14 at 5:04 pm

  20. @Ted - Jason - Homer - Thanks, grammar and punctuation were never my strong points. I suppose I am in a state of being un-punctuated.

    I was good at being an a$$hole before. Pretty good at selling stereos and I'm still very good at drinking tequila.

    I am not very good at putting my socks on, seeing in the dark, mowing the grass (I think it's a result of the tequila) and I do not do well waiting in line at Wal-Mart.


    18 Jun 14 at 6:02 pm

  21. Apparently a place called Touba Fashion has backfilled this space per DDR's Harbison Court listing...


    16 Oct 14 at 3:20 pm

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