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Pancho's Mexican Restaurant, 5400 Forest Drive: 7 March 2018 (reflagged)   3 comments

Posted at 11:03 pm in closing

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My memory is a big vague, but I believe this restaurant (in the former Redbone Alley/Corky's building) actually started out as a San Jose, but that was causing some heartburn at the old Forest Drive San Jose which is now Pasta Fresca, so it was reflagged as Pancho's while still being in the San Jose family.

For whatever reason, that was undone on 7 March, and it is now officially a San Jose again (though some of the signs have yet to be changed).

Written by ted on March 8th, 2018

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Tijuana Flats, 106 Percival Road Suite 200: 4 March 2018   no comments

Posted at 11:24 pm in closing

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My sister mentioned that she had heard this place was closing, so I was able to get some interior shots in advance of that last week. I wish I had gotten the hot sauce bar, which was an impressive array of pumps.

Initially, I wasn't quite sure what to make of Tijuana Flats (and kept thinking it was Tortilla Flats for some reason..). It wasn't like a Moe's or Qdoba building hand-held burritos, and it wasn't really a sit-down Mexican restaurant, but somewhere in between the two. I finally figured it out though, and liked the place pretty well. In the summer, the front sidewalk was generally in the shade by the time I would get there, and it was nice to eat outside. In the winter, I liked to go the the back of the store and sit in the sunshine coming through the back windows. My only real criticisms are that I thought they needed a drink stand so you didn't have to go begging for refills (which they were happy to provide, but it's a quirk of mine) and I thought they should go with the sit-down Mexican restaurant concept of free salsa with the chips.

I'm pretty sure this is the first closing for the fairly new Jackson Square strip mall, though of course the whole former strip mall on the site was closed and razed years ago. The Tijuana Flats Lexington location remains open.

(Hat tip to my sister)

Written by ted on March 5th, 2018

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Ed Robinson Laundry and Cleaners, 4903 Forest Drive: 2017   no comments

Posted at 12:24 am in closing

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I noticed the other day that the Forest Acres location of Ed Robinson is gone. They were sidelined by the great flood but did come back after that (though the co-located Corma's did not).

I'm not exactly sure when this happened, I think I would have noticed sooner had it been too long ago. At any rate, google maps has them open as of March 2017, with a nicer picture than mine here.

I'm guessing from the extended canopy and islands that this building was originally a gas station. Does anyone know what kind?

Written by ted on February 20th, 2018

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Church's Chicken, 2436 Taylor Street: February 2018   11 comments

Posted at 12:57 am in closing

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As you can see from the sign, this Church's Chicken at the foot of Gonzales Gardens and in the location of the old Drake's is now closed, or colsed, if you prefer.

I would guess this means a little more business for the KFC on the next block up, but *this* bird has flown the coop.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Miyo's On Forest, 3250 Forest Drive: 18 January 2018 (temporary hopefully)   2 comments

Posted at 11:59 pm in closing

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Apparently a grease fire which got way out of hand.

UPDATE 17 February 2018 -- Apparently still in the process of getting the premits straight and getting to work:

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Written by ted on January 18th, 2018

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McDonald's, 5480 Forest Drive: January 2018 (temporary)   5 comments

Posted at 10:42 pm in closing

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Well, here's the latest McDonald's to undergo the chain's current style makeover. This one is at East Forest Plaza, the Wal-Mart anchored strip at the Forest Drive/I-77 interchange.

In general these upgrades have been going pretty quickly, so I don't expect them to be shut for long.

I do have to say that I have found this store to be hard to get in and out of from Forest Drive. I've gotten coffee there a few times, but have kind of crossed it off my list.

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Written by ted on January 16th, 2018

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Freeplay Athletic Training, 5301 Forest Drive Suites B-D: Fall 2017   no comments

Posted at 10:52 pm in closing

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I noticed last weekend that there no cars at this 24-Hour fitness center at Four J's Plaza, and decided to take a closer look. It turns out that the center in fact had three of the four units at the plaza (an Allstate office has the other), and all are now for lease though the equipment is not yet gone.

As you can see here, the rightmost unit was originally Ela's European Market & Deli, with a Sprint and quick cash stores to the left. (The insurance office was already there then)

Written by ted on December 6th, 2017

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H. Rubin Vision Center, 4601 Forest Drive Suite C: 13 November 2017   no comments

Posted at 11:02 pm in closing

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I noticed the other day as I made my coffee run that this H. Rubin Vision Center at the corner of Forest & Gamewell Drives is relocating, or maybe consolidating with the Garners Ferry location. I believe they, along with Brueggers were original tenants in this small strip. The middle unit, on the other hand, has turned over several times since the place was built.

UPDATE 17 April 2018 -- It's to be a Marco's Pizza:

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Written by ted on November 16th, 2017

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Gonzales Gardens, 1505 Garden Plaza: 4 October 2017   8 comments

Posted at 11:05 pm in closing

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Gonzales Gardens was a public housing project comprising the tract bordered by Lyon Street on the West, Forest Drive on the North, McDuffie Avenue on the East and Washington Street on the South.

According to The State, demolition of Gonzales Gardens started on 4 October 2017. I took these pictures on 1 October when the place was fenced off, but still standing. I have not driven by lately, but imagine it is all down by now.

I never knew much about the place, except that it had something of a shady reputation by the time I became aware of it in the late 1960s. Apparently it was not always that way, and in fact another State story recounts some happy memories of the place from the early years.

The Columbia Housing Authority has the most extensive writeup with a lot of interesting facts. For instance, the place was originally built largely for Fort Jackson NCOs, and was, in those Jim Crow times, initially restricted to white families only. Another thing I did not know was where the name came from: The project was named for the three Gonzales brothers long associated with The State newspaper, one of whom was murdered in 1903 by the nephew of then Governor Tillman.

Written by ted on November 8th, 2017

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Circle K, 5425 Forest Drive, September 2017   3 comments

Posted at 12:09 am in closing

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I did a closing on this address when the Jiffy Lube shut down. In retrospect, that seems to have been a harbinger for the whole property. There is a nice little landscape of trees still on the corner, but other than that, pretty much everything else is gone. It is a bit amusing that the roadside coffee banners outlasted the buildings by quite a few days. I suspect probably the crews didn't bother to read them and assumed they belonged to the adjacent Sonic.

No clue yet what is planned for this lot, but it's a fairly valuable Interstate exit corner now, and just across from a successful new shopping/restaurant plaza.

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Written by ted on October 25th, 2017

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