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D's Wings, 920 Axtel Drive: 15 May 2021 (Moving)   9 comments

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Over the years I have eaten more often at the, vanished, franchaised, D's Wings locations than the flagship store in Parkland Plaza. I guess the last time I ate here was probably in 2018 or 2019 -- and it was fine, as usual.

This move, to 415 Meeting Street, has long been in the works, since they found out their lease would not be renewed. This still strikes me as odd, as Parkland Plaza is not exactly overbrimming with stable tenants.

Here is a story from The State about the move, and here is one from ColaDaily.

You can see the new building in the last two pictures, and there is clearly yet some work to be done there in advance of the posited 1 June opening. I have to say I agree with commenter Lone Wolf that parking will be an issue here.

Written by ted on May 17th, 2021

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9 Responses to 'D's Wings, 920 Axtel Drive: 15 May 2021 (Moving)'

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  1. For point of clarification, none of the other locations were franchised, if I recall correctly. The story goes like this. The original D in D's Wings was a guy named Daryl. He opened the original D's in this post. Later, he sold it to Billy, who has run it for many years and still does today. Back around 1999-2000, Daryl got back into the restaurant business and opened other D's Wings in other areas. I recall there was one on Beltline, and likely others. They did not succeed and closed. I don't know what Daryl is up to these days.

    Mike

    18 May 21 at 6:03 am

  2. My recollection of the other D's that Mike mentioned is as follows:

    The one at 2005 Beltline Blvd. was there for many years (as far as restaurants go (I'd say at least 10-15 years)) but has had a couple of other restaurants (J Peters, Sulley's being the main 2 I can recall) come and go after D's closed. I remember eating there with my folks on numerous occasions over the years.

    This one in Cayce I've eaten at a couple of times over the years (with different folks each time).

    D's had several other locations that didn't last as long:

    806 St. Andrews Road: it has been noted that many different eating establishments have come and gone from that building over the years and D's is one of them.

    Columbiana Crossing: When the Columbana Crossing development at 285 Columbiana Drive first opened they were one of the original tenants. After that one closed it's been a Mexican restaurant (though it's been through a couple of name changes).

    Sparkleberry Crossing: They had a Sparkleberry Crossing location for a few years but (based on what I've seen here) a couple of other restaurants have come and gone in the same spot over the years (just like 2005 Beltline) but that is the extent of my knowledge of the situation there.

    Blythewood: as I recall they had a location at I-77 and Blythewood Road (in a shopping center anchored by Food Lion) that wound up becoming Lizard's Thicket..

    Of these 4, the Blythewood one is the only one I didn't set foot in during the time it was D's Wings (though I have eaten at that Lizard's Thicket once).

    Andrew

    18 May 21 at 8:35 am

  3. From early 1992 to late 1996 this was my second home, except for the brief stint where it was closed and D's on the River was the only location, and I was there a lot too. I have so many fond memories of this restaurant from those years. I wish them the best in their new location (which I plan to visit), but it will just not be the same.

    59 Ford Wheelman

    18 May 21 at 11:59 am

  4. 59 FW,
    I am right with you there. Good times, good service and always terrific food.

    In the shopping center behind D's during the 1970s there was a men's clothing store. They always offered a 'Buy a shirt, get a second for $1' deal. Anyone recall the store name?

    Joe Shlabotnik

    19 May 21 at 4:20 am

  5. There was a clothing store there at one time that sold the Belk line of apparel. it was named Howard's. There may have been an associated location on Assembly Street at one time. They often had good deals.

    thomas

    19 May 21 at 7:38 am

  6. @thomas: The store you are thinking of was Howards, which was an affiliate of the Belk chain.

    Tom

    19 May 21 at 9:05 am

  7. There is just a wealth of knowledge on this site. Howard's it was.

    Joe Shlabotnik

    19 May 21 at 4:29 pm

  8. Wasn't there a time years ago when they had all you can eat crab legs for like $9.99? I remember getting them somewhere across the river. I did have quite a buzz on at the time so things aren't too clear.....:^)

    Homer

    20 May 21 at 4:31 pm

  9. There was a seafood place further out on US 321 named Skipjack. It was generally across from the Columbia Speedway. They had all you can eat crab legs. The building remains there, not sure what is in there now. At one time there was a company that built trailers near there.

    thomas

    21 May 21 at 8:40 am

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