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The Captain's Kitchen / Skipjack / Children's House, 2030 Charleston Highway   4 comments

Posted at 11:45 pm in closing







In the comments of the closing for The Captain's Kitchen on Decker, commenter Paul Armstrong offers the following information about The Captain's Kitchen:

The first Captain’s Kitchen opened in 1964 at 2628 Decker Boulevard advertising as “Columbia’s First Exclusive Seafood Restaurant”. It was owned and operated by Charles V Godwin and J D Hammond. In 1969, Hammond and Godwin formed a national franchise chain and the first franchise was built in Kentucky. In September of 1970, the second Captain’s Kitchen in the Columbia area opened at 2030 Charleston Highway in Cayce. There were also corporate owned Captain’s Kitchen restaurants in Augusta, Charleston, and Greenville. The Cayce location closed in 1975 and, in 1976, Skipjack opened in the same building, which is still standing, but now empty, at 2030 Charleston Highway. The original Captain’s Kitchen closed in 1984 and, in June of 1985, Zorba’s opened their second area restaurant in the old Captain’s Kitchen building on Decker Blvd.

I had forgotten it was a chain, and had another midlands location. Zillow confirms this building was a restaurant, and LoopNet suggests it was sold for taxes in 2012. If so, it does not appear anyone has done anything with it since.

It seems a rather odd location for a restaurant as there is not much in the area to this day.

UPDATE 8 August 2019: Add map icon.

Written by ted on August 7th, 2019

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4 Responses to 'The Captain's Kitchen / Skipjack / Children's House, 2030 Charleston Highway'

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  1. Decker used to be a thriving area.

    The End of the building used to look like ship.


    8 Aug 19 at 9:38 am

  2. for some reason, I though the one on the old Charleston Hiway opened in the mid 60's..somewhere around 1966 or 1967. No wonder we never went there to Decker since we lived in Cayce..that would have been one heck of a long drive to the other side of town.


    8 Aug 19 at 4:53 pm

  3. I actually ate there when it was skipjack and later went to daycare there when it was children's house. it now looks like where a horror movie would take place. there was a playground in the back. this was all in the early 80's. at one point later on I swear it was a combo used car dealership and daycare center. crazy.


    9 Aug 19 at 9:27 am

  4. This was Zorba's in the mid 80s.


    10 Aug 19 at 6:50 am

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