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Luce Cucina Italiana, 6164 Saint Andrews Road: 11 April 2013   14 comments

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Well, this is a shame. Luce opened sometime in late October of 2012, so they had about a 6 month run. I ate there several times. As I recall I had the pizza and several Italian dishes, and found them, and the service, pretty good. I was a bit worried that I was almost the only one in the place though.

Judging from the stack of local papers on the stoop, they were closed on or before 11 April.

I wonder if anyone will try another restaurant here, or if the place is now officially jinxed.

UPDATE 30 April 2013 -- As mentioned by commenter Thomas, there are now signs up indicating this will next be a vegan cafe, but the real estate sign is still up as well..











UPDATE 20 May 2013 -- The vegan place is open now:



The Free Times says it is connected with Lamb's Bread on Main Street.

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14 Responses to 'Luce Cucina Italiana, 6164 Saint Andrews Road: 11 April 2013'

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  1. Stick a fork in this place. It's done.....


    15 Apr 13 at 2:21 am

  2. For the life of me I cannot imagine why restaurants keep opening in this building. Nothing ever works there. I never saw anyone in this place as I drove by. Also, I question whether we needed another Italian place on St. Andrews. This was doomed to fail from the beginning.


    15 Apr 13 at 4:48 am

  3. We ate there one time. It was good. My wife and I were the only patrons in the place, other than a couple with two children. We have kids, so I'm not anti-children in establishments. Especially one like this, because they need to learn manners, etc. They were well-behaved, but it was obvious we were having a date night, and could have been seated anywhere else in the restaurant, away from the family.

    I asked for what they had on tap, and was informed that they did not serve alcohol. I found that odd, as a great deal of people, especially in an Italian place, would enjoy a glass of wine. Asking about it when she returned, if for example they had applied for a license, but it had not received it yet. I was informed, that no, they did not serve alcohol for "religious" reasons, and that the Lexington store did not serve alcohol either, and were very proud of that. Oh well.


    15 Apr 13 at 9:15 am

  4. Little Mexico was there for many years.


    15 Apr 13 at 3:50 pm

  5. Yes.


    15 Apr 13 at 4:06 pm

  6. Is this a sister location to the Luce Cucina Italiana that is out on Augusta Hwy towards Gilbert in Lexington. Are they closed as well?


    15 Apr 13 at 9:29 pm

  7. The food was good but for ethical reasons I never returned. You see, they did not serve wine or beer. And I refuse to condone this kind of behavior. An Italian restaurant that does not serve wine. Seriously?


    19 Apr 13 at 5:47 pm

  8. @ Becky, not sure if you saw my post from April 15th, but yea. Found it odd, and no reason to bring religion into it.

    Not a wine drinker, but do enjoy a nice pale ale with my pizza.


    22 Apr 13 at 12:36 pm

  9. There were signs written on the windows today for Vegan food at the location but the real estate signs were still up. Not sure what's going on here.


    27 Apr 13 at 3:42 pm

  10. I saw the signs this afternoon as well. I wonder if Irmo is ready for a vegan restaurant??


    3 May 13 at 7:38 pm

  11. Has not done SQUAT since Pizza Inn back in the early 80's ! How Deno's makes it across the street...who knows . Harbison killed this stretch long ago.


    6 May 13 at 11:23 pm

  12. I don't think Harbison has pulled much from this area (but I only have mid-late 90s on to judge).

    Pizza Inn was in West Columbia on 12th Street but it was demolished sometime in the 2001-04 range and Pitt Stop sits roughly where they once were.

    The big question is will the soon-to-be-closed (if not already) Kmart at Seven Oaks Shopping Center stay vacant or will something (Consignment 1st perhaps?) move in.


    6 May 13 at 11:48 pm

  13. K-mart is still on target for a May 19th closing according to a clerk I talked to over the weekend.

    Deno's has some pretty good food, but the service is lousy and a couple of times I went there for take-out they were out of what I wanted.


    7 May 13 at 1:29 am

  14. Deno's has been there forever! I only ate there once a long time ago. Everytime I think I might try it again, Zorba's lures me away. Why eat at Deno's when you can eat at Zorba's? that is a serious question: I really want to know. I see their coupons in ValPak, but they are always for one topping pizzas. Who wants a pizza with only one topping on it?


    7 May 13 at 8:33 am

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