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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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Mi Taco / Mi Pueblito, 205-F Columbia Avenue: 2014   2 comments

Posted at 1:48 am in restaurants

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Commenter James R points out that this storefront in Lexington across the street from The Flight Deck is empty again.

It last featured here in early 2012 when the first picture was taken, and it was transitioning from Mi Casa to Mi Taco.

I'm a little confused as to what happened. At the time of that post, people said it had previously been a Mi Pueblito and then it was apparently a Mi Pueblito again in 2014, so I'm not sure what happened to Mi Taco, or when.

(Hat tip to commenter James R)

Written by ted on February 19th, 2015

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Monterrey Restauranted Mexicano, 199 Knox Abbott Drive: October 2014 (moving)   12 comments

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Written by ted on October 25th, 2014

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Taco Cid, 1416 Charleston Highway: July 2014 (moved)   6 comments

Posted at 12:12 am in restaurants

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Well, I was going to wait until I got over to the area again to get some pictures of the abandoned old location, and the new location in operation, but that didn't happen this weekend, and there's been a lot of Taco Cid talk here lately, so I'll go ahead with what I've got.

Longtime local Mexican fast-food restaurant Taco Cid has moved from their Cayce location near Piggy Park and out to Airport Tec Plaza at 3313 Platt Springs Road.

They have moved into the old Marino's Bistro location and are now open, though they have not yet replaced the Marino's marquee.

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(Hat tip to commenter Mike)

UPDATE 21 August 2014 -- Here is the Charleston Highway location after closure:

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UPDATE 17 May 2015 -- Here is the new location in operation:

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Taqueria Mi Pueblito II, 2410 Augusta Road: November 2013   1 comment

Posted at 12:04 am in restaurants

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This little Mexican hole-in-the-wall got mixed reviews on the online sites, but seemed to have something of a following as a more authentic cusine choice than the standard Columbia mini-chains.

The LoopNet listing and indeed the roadside sale sign mention the slot is still a "fully equipped restaurant", and you can still see elements of the prvious decor through the windows. To me this says that a) the equipment was owned, not leased and b) the end came unexpectedly.

Written by ted on May 20th, 2014

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Casa Linda, 7546 Garners Ferry Road Suite 100-A: Mid March 2014   5 comments

Posted at 11:53 pm in restaurants

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Originally, I had a section on CatMan Dew's here, but as commenter badger pointed out, that was a different storefront.

You can see in this long-shot that this wing of the strip mall does have some similar locations, and I let the red awning and placement of lights to either side of the entranceway fool me:

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Anyway, I have moved CatMan Dew's to its own post.

The Casa Linda location here was operating until quite recently, and seems to have closed at about the same time as their Lexington location. Currently the place is still a Mexican restaurant, Taco Time.

Written by ted on March 12th, 2014

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Casa Linda, 5147 Sunset Boulevard: 8 March 2014   4 comments

Posted at 11:12 pm in restaurants

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It appears from their facebook page that a commenter saw this location as Pancho's on 8 March, so I'm using that as a date, though it would have been a bit earlier.

I never ate at this location, but in general do like the one on Beltline. From the name, I suppose this is now a second location for Pancho's on Forest Drive in the old Redbone Alley building.

(Hat tip to commenter TahoeChic)

Written by ted on March 10th, 2014

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Mucho Margaritas / San Jose Mexican Restaurant, 819 Harden Street: Early October 2013   13 comments

Posted at 12:38 am in restaurants

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To the best of my recollection, I've never eaten at any establishment in this Five Points storefront, to include San Jose, though I have certainly eaten at other local San Jose locations, and found them to be perfectly OK.

Commenter MB noted the closing, and pointed out that until fairly recently it was Mucho Margaritas, something I must have driven by many times without it registering at all. Already today the sign was down and folks were carting off the fixtures. With the recent closure of Dreams Of Bombay, there are now two adjacent restaurant vacancies in this building. (I don't know what, if anything, is in the upper storey).

(Hat tip to commenter MB)

UPDATE 1 July 2014 -- This will next be the bacon themed restaurant Sizzle. Mmm, Bacon!:

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Written by ted on October 8th, 2013

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El Monterrey Mexican Restaurant, 7260 Parklane Road: Mid July 2013   2 comments

Posted at 4:49 pm in restaurants

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Somehow I never made it to this Monterrey in all the years that it was there (and they were considerable) despite the fact that I often visited the adjacent Sounds Familiar and comic store.

I believe with this closing, the chain is down to the one in the Vista and the one on Knox Abbott.

(Hat tip to commenter J.P.)

Written by ted on August 7th, 2013

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Monterrey Mexican Restaurant, 114 Afton Court: May 2013   5 comments

Posted at 1:15 am in restaurants

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Here's another closed Monterrey on the west side of the metro area.

Afton Court seems to be something of a hard-luck street over the last several years with the closing of Ritz Camera (though technically on another street) and more recently Bailey's.

I like the use of steps on this lot, including a set descending towards the adjacent movie theater.

(Hat tip to commenter Heath)

Written by ted on June 3rd, 2013

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