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Famous Toastery, 119 Sparkleberry Lane: 27 May 2019   6 comments

Posted at 12:17 am in closing















I like the idea of breakfast, and the foods of breakfast. I just don't like the *time* of breakfast, so I never got to the Famous Toastery on Sparkleberry. This place was the follow-on operation to McAlister's Deli, which moved kind of around the corner and down to front onto Two Notch.

The State records the place as having opened on 20 January 2017, so they had a run of about two and a half years. If I can detect a trend in the Yelp reviews it would be that the place may have been struggling a bit towards the end.

The State also reported that the downtown location which was supposed to open last year in the Main Street Atlanta Bread location was cancelled.

I wonder if the Spring Valley High School morning traffic was a factor here? The location doesn't seem that bad to me (though Carrabba's would beg to differ), but I don't go by when school is starting or letting out.

(Hat tip to commenter Bobby)

UPDATE 1 September 2021 -- Now Allena's Southern Kitchen:


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  1. I'm sure since McAlisters moved, they have gotten a ton more business. 2 of my sons worked at the new location and they said that they were always busy.


    18 Jun 19 at 4:58 pm

  2. I remember when someone commented on Le Peep at Village at Sandhill that it was noted that Northeast Richland isn't a breakfast destination stemming from the demographics of folks needing to go to work...that coupled with the school traffic on school mornings is liable to turn a lot of people off and it would start a cycle where people avoid it due to school traffic and then they fall out of the habit of going even on non-school mornings.

    I never felt this was a bad location the way several others have but don't have way to know whether Sidney's claim of it being better or not is true or obviously remains to be seen what the future of this place is going to be...


    19 Jun 19 at 11:08 pm

  3. As a long time friend of mine has said repeatedly over the years, "There's not a business Columbia cannot put out of business."

    Places that thrive everywhere else seem to have a hard time here: Hops, Steak n Shake (now back for a second time), Burger King (returned under Brandi, Inc.), Atlanta Bread, 7-11 (back for another round)...

    Steve Varholy

    17 Jul 19 at 9:48 pm

  4. Local Businesses such as Gene's Pig n Chick didnt last all that long did it? Or Gene's Hamburgers, Doug Broome's Big Joy/Boy on North Main was around through the 70's I think, Bells Hamburgers too didnt last all that long. What A Burger is still around, but not nearly as good as it used to be..then there's Zesto and Maurice Piggy Park in the same location in Cayce as it's been since the 50's? Tony's Pizza is still around too. But I think it depends on what it is and what side of town and most of all, location, location, location.


    18 Jul 19 at 12:39 am

  5. Oh man, Steve, totally forgot about Hops. I did go there a few times when it was on Two Notch Rd. But another business that seems to thrive everywhere else but here, TGI Fridays. But we all know, that was in a HORRIBLE place, especially after the mall closed up. I bet it would do good in the Northeast area or Harbison.


    19 Jul 19 at 12:24 am

  6. Alleana's Kitchen has moved in here now...


    18 Jan 20 at 7:18 pm

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