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Oak Grove Supperette / San Jose Restaurante Mexicano / The Carolina Grill, 4510 Augusta Road: late 2000s (moved)   7 comments

Posted at 3:06 am in closing

I never ate at this San Jose on US-1 near the I-20 interchange. Firstly, it's not near anywhere I usually am, and secondly (and more importantly..) it looked pretty suspect as far as quality goes.

At first I assumed it had just gone under (and was somewhat surprised at all the stuff left inside), but driving down the road towards I-20, I found a very nice looking new San Jose restaurant, so I assume it moved to the new building though there are so many San Jose places in Columbia that I can't swear it's the same operation.

UPDATE 16 Jan 2010: Commenter JB says this used to be The Oak Grove Superette, so I've added that to the post title.

UPDATE 4 March 2010 -- Here's the new San Jose building:

UPDATE 20 Jan 2011: Added "The Carolina Grill" to the post title based on the comments.

UPDATE 20 May 2021: Adding map icon and updating tags.

UPDATE 25 January 2023: Add tag.

Written by ted on January 15th, 2010

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7 Responses to 'Oak Grove Supperette / San Jose Restaurante Mexicano / The Carolina Grill, 4510 Augusta Road: late 2000s (moved)'

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  1. They moved down the street into a brand new building.


    15 Jan 10 at 11:11 am

  2. Originally this building used to be the Oak Grove Superette. I don't know when it was opened but I'd guess somewhere around the late 60's when that area was developing. I remember it closing somewhere around the mid 90's, around the same time the Piggly Wiggly opened up about a half-mile down the road.


    16 Jan 10 at 8:39 am

  3. Yes, it is the same San Jose that has moved down the street. We dined at the old location often; it looked divey from the outside but the food was great and service was superb. Most of the orignal staff work at the new location.


    18 Feb 10 at 10:16 am

  4. the superette was open well after the Pig in wanna say it was still open or had just closed when I graduated high school in 97. Before it was San Jose it was a batting cage. The san jose built the new building because there was a major water issue and DHEC shut it down and the land owner could afford to fix it


    6 Oct 10 at 4:29 pm

  5. This location also had a short lived stint as "The Carolina Grill". They served fried chicken, sandwiches, and ice cream. There were also batting cages outside.


    20 Jan 11 at 7:31 pm

  6. My dad was the manager at Oakgrove Superette
    During the 1980's. He left around 88/89.
    I have some very fond memories
    Of that store. In the fall of 1984, they
    Had one of the first video rental services.
    The vcrs used BETA tapes. I remember renting
    Purple Rain and Footloose when they were still fresh.


    14 Feb 13 at 10:02 pm

  7. In middle school, my friend lived behind the Oak Grove Supperette off Maple road. Mrs. Dearlove was her Mama and she worked there in the kitchen for a while. She made the BEST biscuits. I remember the owner. Such a sweet man.

    Catherine Goodman

    1 Feb 22 at 1:42 pm

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