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Qdoba Mexican Grill, 2006 Devine Street: 9 May 2015   7 comments

Posted at 1:51 am in restaurants

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This is the third Qdoba in Columbia to close fairly recently, the other two being on Garners Ferry and Two Notch. WLTX has the story here.

I think the chain may be having troubles in general as google finds a number of closings nationally, and I have also noticed the Surfside location close. I will say that the few times I have tried Qdoba in general (I did not try any of the Columbia stores), I have not been too impressed. In particular, my burrito always fell apart.

I'm not sure whether the architecture of this building is meant to suggest Southwest or Brick Train Station...

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on May 19th, 2015

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Greyhound Station, 2015 Gervais Street: April 2015 (moved)   6 comments

Posted at 12:55 am in business

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The Greyhound Station on Gervais Street moved earlier this month, and now the buildings on the lot (which included the Chapman Dodge building) have been razed. Unlike the old art deco station downtown on Sumter Street, this one was nothing special, and I'm not sorry to see it gone.

I had a chat with the project manager for the site, and he said the whole block that the station sat on will become apartments.

The new station is at 710 Buckner Road, which is the I-20 frontage road between Monticello Road & US-321.

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Written by ted on April 23rd, 2015

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Building, Harden Street: Spring 2015 (gutted)   4 comments

Posted at 12:54 am in business

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Can anyone identify who was in this building on Harden Street in between the Waffle House and El Burrito?

I thought I had some pictures of it before it was gutted, but I can't locate them right now.

Written by ted on April 21st, 2015

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Rite Aid Pharmacy, 818 Harden Street: April 2015   4 comments

Posted at 12:20 am in stores

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Well, the signs are trying to spin it as a move, but since the 2708 Rosewood store already exists, I can only call it a closing.

Although it was once a grocery, this building has been a pharmacy for as long as I can remember -- It was an Eckerd's before the Rite Aid buyout of that chain. I have not stopped there for many years, possibly because the last time I did I got agressively pan-handled in the parking lot.

Written by ted on April 11th, 2015

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Radio Shack, 1001 Harden Street Suite D: March 2015   11 comments

Posted at 1:14 am in stores

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I don't believe I ever went into this Radio Shack in the Food Lion plaza in Five Points. Come to think of it, I don't believe I've ever been into any business in this plaza other than Food Lion, unless you go back far enough to count Peaches and Sears.

You know the drill about Radio Shack by this point.

Written by ted on March 21st, 2015

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Garibaldi Cafe, 2013 Greene Street: 27 January 2015   4 comments

Posted at 12:41 am in restaurants

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I have to admit that I never really considered going to Garibaldi's on Greene, though looking at the menu I think I could have been happy there with some pasta or pizza.

The restaurant closed last week, according to The State because the lease was coming up and they decided they didn't want to stay in a building they didn't own.

(Hat tip to commenter Robert S.)

Written by ted on February 2nd, 2015

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Chapman Dodge, Northwest Corner of Harden Street & Gervais Street: 1970s   41 comments

Posted at 12:51 am in business

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I think there have been a few mentions of Chapman Dodge here over the years, but I have absolutely no memory of it, despite the fact we must have driven past the lot often. Currently all that seems to be left is the faded name painted on the back of the building abuting the lot (which I presume was the repair shop).

While this lot has been vacant for many years, it's not uncommon for temporary truck-based businesses to pull in and set up shop for a weekend.

Written by ted on January 28th, 2015

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ConCOCKtions, 724 Harden Street: Fall 2014   2 comments

Posted at 2:47 am in nightclub

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ConCOCKtions was the followup operation to Rum Runners in the little 724 Harden Street back lot building attached to the Kester's building.

There is already a followup in place, Back Alley. This building rotates so often that the parking lot signs have trouble keeping up (and spelling, though that's a separate issue).

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Written by ted on December 15th, 2014

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Sharky's, 636 Harden Street: Fall 2014   no comments

Posted at 11:09 pm in nightclub

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Commenter Midnight Rambler asks

Is Sharky's in Five Points now Latitude 22?

And the answer seems to be: Yes.

Sharky's web site is gone, and we have this note on instagram.

As I recall, I only went into Sharky's once, during that period in the 90s when I was trying to sample every credible pizza in Columiba. At that time, Sharky's was trying to brand as a restaurant as much as a bar, but my father and I still left rather unimpressed.

Note that Sharky's Too is a seperate business (apparently the former Rafter's club) and is still open.

(Hat tip to Midnight Rambler)

Written by ted on September 23rd, 2014

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Tavern On Greene, 2002 Greene Street Suite D: September 2014   no comments

Posted at 11:16 pm in nightclub

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It's always good when a place has time to plan and leave a thank-you to the customers before closing shop, as Tavern On Greene has done. Of course the phrasing does lend itself to certain very old punchlines, but it's a nice touch.

This place is slightly up the hill from Papa Jazz and just below Blue Cactus. It's a part of Greene Street without much parking, as I noted when I had to park a block away to take these pictures. Of course if you're walking into Five Points from campus it's one of the first spots you hit, so perhaps that evens out.

(Hat tip to commenter Midnight Rambler)

Written by ted on September 11th, 2014

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