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Tony O's Pizza, 780 Saint Andrews Road: late 2011   18 comments

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Tony O's Pizza is the follow-on operation to Steak Out, in a little building next to the Waffle House (and in front of Cussin' Bill's) just west of the I-26/Saint Andrews Road interchange.

I had noticed some time late last year that it was a Friday or Saturday night, prime pizza time, and the place didn't seem to be open. I wasn't totally sure as it was rather late. Even stopping by didn't settle matters, since as far as I could tell, everything inside was ready-to-go and there was no posted sign. The fact that the door was chain locked seemed unusual, but not conclusive.

Finally I stopped by one night and there was a sign on the door indicating an emergency and that the place would re-open in early March. I certainly hope everybody is OK, but it seems clear now that at the least, the place is closed for an extended period (though the sign is now gone).

UPDATE 19 May 2012 -- As commenter Andrew notes, the signs for Tony O's have now been taken off the building, so I'm taking "temporary?" off the post title:



UPDATE 23 June 2012 -- As mentioned in the comments, this is to be another Nick's, and the "coming soon" sign is already up:

UPDATE 12 September 2012 -- Work continues on Nick's:



Written by ted on May 1st, 2012

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18 Responses to 'Tony O's Pizza, 780 Saint Andrews Road: late 2011'

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  1. I passed by this place nearly every day and it seemed as if there were rarely anyone there


    2 May 12 at 12:49 am

  2. I think that this Tony O's Pizza was somehow affiliated with the Tony's at Parkland Plaza that recently became Zeus. If that'st the case, maybe Tony is getting out of the restaurant biz altogether.


    2 May 12 at 12:21 pm

  3. The guy that ran the Tony's at Parkland had a place in Sumter, too, IIRC.


    2 May 12 at 1:11 pm

  4. So which "Tony" owned the original one on Knox Abbott when it opened in the mid 60's?

    Saturday's child

    2 May 12 at 2:14 pm

  5. I noticed the Tony O's sign has been removed so I'm afraid that Ted can remove the 'temporary' from the post title

    Also, is it just me, or does the note in the first picture look like it was written by an ESL person?


    18 May 12 at 1:04 pm

  6. It appears to me that Ladies' Choice Fitness Center*, at 736 St. Andrews Road (St. Andrews Shopping Center), between Fred's (former TJ Maxx/Eli's Fashion Warehouse) and Babcock, has closed up. I noticed that the signage was being removed this afternoon.

    * I have a vague recollection of a restaurant of some sort being where Ladies' Choice just left in the 90s but seeing them close makes me wonder if anyone here remembers what it was called.


    30 May 12 at 9:34 pm

  7. @ Andrew. It was "Old Country Buffet."


    31 May 12 at 8:47 am

  8. Within earshot of the Ladie's Choice Fitness Center closing I mentioend above, Display Center Appliance City appears to have closed. It was originally Piggly Wiggly #102, a post Ted was planning to do I beleive so you might have the perfect excuse to do it now that Display Center has closed


    12 Jun 12 at 3:54 pm

  9. I think it was Ladies' Choice...btw Pivotal Fitness has a sign on their marquee welcoming Ladies' Choice customers


    12 Jun 12 at 4:07 pm

  10. Yeah, I took some new pictures fairly recently. It will probably show up more sooner than later.


    13 Jun 12 at 1:03 am

  11. checked into Display Center a little further and turns out their parent company, Wholesale Appliance, has decided to close the store as of November 30, 2011. I don't know how I missed until now with 100% certainty but I think the fact that the Display Center signage is still up has to do with it.

    Also, this old Tony O's has a tarp indicating that Nick's Gyros will be opening up here.


    13 Jun 12 at 3:18 pm

  12. I remember Display Center on that side of town started out where Green's is now, the original Winn Dixie.


    13 Jun 12 at 4:46 pm

  13. A new restaurant is coming to this location named Nick's Gyros and Grill Seafood.


    14 Jun 12 at 12:12 pm

  14. "Nick's" seems to be on the move lately. This will bring them up to 3 locations.


    14 Jun 12 at 12:54 pm

  15. This is the third abandoned former restaurant they've opened up in:

    - Wendy's (7355 Two Notch Road)
    - Taco Bell (2632 Decker Blvd)

    If this continues, aside from this location, they could very well wind up opening up in at least one of the following (in addition to this one)

    KFC/Taste of China Hut (1825 Rosewood Drive)
    Taco Bell (1400 Knoxx Abbott Drive (Cayce))
    Brandi, Inc. BK (4416 Devine Street)

    Ted has postings on all 5 of these that you can find via the Alphabetical Closings link on the top of the page...


    14 Jun 12 at 4:51 pm

  16. The signage for Nick's Gyros and Subs has been installed on this building (not sure when it'll be online)


    28 Jul 12 at 2:42 pm

  17. Folks, Nick's Gyros & Grill Seafood is now open at this site...


    29 Sep 12 at 10:35 pm

  18. Nicks is aactually pretty decent. Good fries.


    6 Jan 13 at 2:32 pm

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