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Al-Amir, 629 Main Street: February 2015   2 comments

Posted at 11:40 pm in restaurants

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I noticed an odd ad for Al Amir in the Free Times the other week, the wording of which was unusual enough that I suspected that one of its Main Street locations, at University Corner across from the the old Towers was gone. Driving by the other night proved that to in fact be the case. The spot is now occupied by another Middle Eastern restaurant, Sahara on Main. I thought I had a good shot of Al Amir here, but all I can locate now is a shot where you can barely see it in the corner, so I'll just go with these pix of the new storefront.

The other Al Amir on Main, The Epicurean by Al Amir at 1734 in the old The Elite Epicurean location is still there.

Written by ted on March 10th, 2015

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Carolina Imports, 705 Gervais Street: 23 November 2014 (moved)   5 comments

Posted at 1:55 am in stores

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As commenter Justin noted some time back, Carolina Imports furniture has left Gervais Street and the Vista and have moved out of downtown.

Their new location is at 2965 North main, in the Trestle Building:

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(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Hampton Kitchens, 2205 Main Street: 2011   1 comment

Posted at 2:06 am in business

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I just noticed the real-estate sign in front of this interestingly shaped Main Street building the other day, but it appears that Hampton Kitchens has been closed since around 2011.

Written by ted on January 30th, 2015

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Gas Station, 4715 North Main Street: 1980s(?)   3 comments

Posted at 1:23 am in business

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I really like old gas stations. In this case, the building itself is nothing special, but the rising angle canopy extending over the old pump islands is a distinctive touch, and one which I suspect identified the original brand of gas the station sold.

The closing date here is just a guess, the place was a gas station long enough that a "Full Serv" sign was installed, when of course when the station opened, all service was "full service". When was the last time you had someone open your battery and add water?

Written by ted on January 29th, 2015

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Wine Down On Main, 1520 Main Street Suite 1B: January 2015   5 comments

Posted at 1:44 am in business

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Commenter Andrew reports that this Main Street wine bar is relocating to Brevard NC. Apparently behind this non-descript door, the establishment had two levels, with a spiral staircase leading to the upstairs seating.

(Hat tip to commenter Andrew)

Written by ted on January 24th, 2015

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Hero's Super Subs, 601 Main Street, Suite D: Late December 2014   2 comments

Posted at 11:34 pm in restaurants

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Hero's Super Subs was in the Addesso building at the corner of Main & Blossom in the same suite formerly occupied by Pepper's Bistro. I'm guessing that they stuck it out until the end of December 2014 and were out by 1 January 2015 which would make sense with rent, utilities etc. They were certainly gone by 10 January when someone noted the closing on Yelp.

Things seem to have been precarious as early as 1 December 2014 when this was posted to their Facebook page:

Hero's Super Subs
December 1, 2014

Good morning all Hero's fans! We truly appreciate all of the support but unfortunately its not quite enough and we could use more! Please tell your FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS, EVEN STRANGERS WALKING DOWN THE STREET. Let them know if they mention this post they will get 10% off and a fried oreo. (Yum)

The fact that all the students left town shortly thereafter can't have helped.

(Hat tip to commenter Payne)

Written by ted on January 20th, 2015

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1 Stop Hand Car Wash & Auto Detailing, 2434 North Main Street: 2014   1 comment

Posted at 12:35 am in business

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Commenter Justin pointed out this place on Have Your Say a while back, but I misread the comment and blogged about the business on the other side of Confederate instead.

This place looks to be an old gas station of some sort, and in this latest incarnation, stuck with an auto theme. Personally, though I know my car gets scalding in the Columbia summers, I find being behind tinted windows makes me uneasy.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Family & Friends Car Sales, Llc / C J's Used Cars Inc, 2500 North Main Street: 2010s   1 comment

Posted at 12:41 am in business

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You can look at the corner view in the LoopNet listing for this building at North Main & Confederate and see a portrait format marquee on the side.

Somewhere I have a picture of that marquee up close with the name of the place visible, but as is often the case, knowing I have a picture and being able to put my hands on it in a timely fashion are two sadly different things. Commenter Justin believes this was a window tinting business, and that sounds plausible to me. What google pulls up, however, are references to two different used car operations. If that's accurate, I think they both would have to be from some years ago, as I cannot recall the lot being anything but empty in recent years.

(Hat tip to commenter Justin)

Pepper's Bistro, 601 Main Street Suite D: June 2014   5 comments

Posted at 12:37 am in restaurants

8 September 2013:

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15 June 2014:

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This place, by Yoghut in the Adesso building at the corner of Main & Blossom Streets was apparently a sister operation to Peppers House Of Pizza on Garners Ferry, and continued on several months after that one closed. If it were going to close, I guess the timing is not surprising. This building is right across from USC, and I imagine that anytime school is out is hard on the restaurants in this whole little strip (especially given the problematic parking for non-locals).

(Hat tip to commenter Payne)

Written by ted on June 16th, 2014

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Bert's Grill & Diner, 6820 North Main Street Suites E&F: 2000s   21 comments

Posted at 11:50 pm in restaurants

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Anyone know what this restaurant in Greenview Plaza on North Main at Wilkes Road was? The plaza marquee isn't any help, and I'm not getting any definitive google hits on the address + suite numbers. (There is another restaurant/club in the plaza, which doesn't help).

UPDATE 1 April 2014 -- Based on commenter badger's ID (and picture, see the comments..) I have changing the post title from "Restaurant" to "Bert's Grill & Diner".

Written by ted on March 28th, 2014

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