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Le Peep, 110 Forum Drive #7: October 2013 (open again)   30 comments

Posted at 12:16 am in Uncategorized









It hardly seems possible to me that Le Peep was at Sandhill for the five years that their closing letter claims, but looking back I see that in fact The Italian Pie closed in the fall of 2008.

I'm not a morning person by nature, and Le Peep closed at 2pm, so I never got a chance to check it out, but it seems to have been a well regarded breakfast spot. The door letter implies that the space remains under the same ownership and that something new may be forthcoming. In the meantime, the chain just opened a location on Gervais Street in the old Mezza space.

I have to say posting a listing of all the other Sandhill restaurants is a classy touch.

(Hat tip to commenter JB)

UPDATE 24 January 2014 This story from The State makes it clear that this Le Peep was moved to the Vista, rather than the Vista operation being a new one, so I have updated the post title to add "(moved)":

UPDATE 19 Aug 2014 -- This location is up and running again. Not sure what the story is, but good!




Written by ted on October 23rd, 2013

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  1. What do they serve at a restaurant called Le Peep? All that comes to mind are fuzzy baby chicks or, God forbid, Balut. If you have watched Survivor's eating challenges in the past you know what I'm talking about. If not, Wiki it but be forewarned, it's disgusting....


    23 Oct 13 at 12:46 am

  2. It may be a coincidence but a Le Peep just opened at 701 Gervais St., Suite 110.


    23 Oct 13 at 1:53 am

  3. I never ate at this particular Le Peep since I rarely get out to that end of town, and certainly not before 2pm, but I've eaten at the one in Indianapolis several times and loved it. Look forward to the one on Gervais opening; I may actually make it to that one. :-)


    23 Oct 13 at 12:24 pm

  4. That's a bummer. I'm wondering how to break the news to my wife.


    24 Oct 13 at 8:42 pm

  5. I'm really surprised by this closing - I have been to Le Peep only once, and there was a long wait. I pass by it on weekend mornings and it always seems packed. Village at Sandhill just seems like a black hole for restaurants. Hope Al-Amir can survive.


    25 Oct 13 at 11:22 am

  6. This was a breakfast place that was similar to the pancake house in Trenholm Plaza. We went to the one in Nashville, TN 5 yrs ago and it was great.

    We went to this location this past summer and the service was awful. The food was fine but it took about 90 mins to get it. The waitresses were rude and slow to do anything.

    I'm not surprised if the parent company didn't pull the franchise agreement and reassign it to someone else.


    25 Oct 13 at 9:37 pm

  7. Never had any problems with service or food here, and the place was always packed whenever we went. Wondering if this was another casualty of the high rents at VaS, especially since they seem to have moved to the Vista location in such short order.


    25 Oct 13 at 9:53 pm

  8. It's possible that this Le Peep just moved to the Vista.


    26 Oct 13 at 6:57 am

  9. Village at Sandhill has no higher rents than anyone else in the northeast. Bad management and a bad concept is what killed this restaurant. The northeast is a dinner location. No one is going to pay $14 for breakfast on a weekday when they gotta get to wrk downtown.

    Jay Lawrence

    3 Nov 13 at 3:29 pm

  10. VaS is a testament to the failure that is New Urbanism.

    Apparently, strip malls with a big box anchor are the future.


    4 Nov 13 at 7:31 am

  11. Speaking of FAILURES, Richland Fashion Midtown Mall at Forrest Acres Mall, or whatever it's called now, was a failure from the get-go. The Mall should have been left as it was when it was NEW back in the early 60's. Sure..update it some or modernize the insides of whatever stores, but the outside should have been left the same with that 60's retro look. It would have been a unique Mall for sure with all the ugly modern buildings around. At least the old Zesto looks pretty much the same as it did 50 years ago, or whenever it was built there. Sometimes it's best to leave things alone as they are, or better yet as the saying goes " If it aint broke..don't fix it".


    4 Nov 13 at 4:23 pm

  12. OH, and speaking of Strip Malls.. they come and go in phases. First it was ALL strip Malls, then it was the BIG Malls like Dutch Square and Columbia Urban Mall, and then everyone got tired of them, and NOW it's back to the STRIP Mall concept. As it's been in the past, Strip Malls will dwindle down and then there'll be some NEW BIG Mall of somekind yet again. It's the same as it's been always. Sandhills Village Mall I'm sure does well for that side of town, but it's too far to drive there, and it's VERY confusing with their roads and how they intertwine around hither and yonder. My GPS would explode trying to find its way out.


    4 Nov 13 at 4:28 pm

  13. I agree with CayceKid that the Village at Sandhill does well for Northeast Richland (and to a lesser extent the Kershaw County communities of Cassatt, Camden, Lugoff and Elgin) but I can see where for those that don't make it out to Northeast Richland much, it isn't of much use...I don't understand the reasoning of those folks here that it's obvious they don't make it out to Northeast Richland very much that are ready to write it off as a failure.

    I think a stronger case can be made for Richland Mall as a failure and I have had visions of it either staging a massive comeback (the way Century Capitol Group and Kahn Development have been trying to do since acquiring the propriety in 2010) or being rebuilt along the lines of Sparkelberry Square. It's been several years since the last time I was in Richland Mall but the last few times I've been, it had a lonely feel to it almost (especially when you get accustomed to Columbiana as I have when it comes to mallwalking the times I do it). The first step they took in the process was to change it from being known as Midtown at Forest Acres back to Richland Mall.

    I don't think a GPS would explode while trying to find your way out of Village at Sandhill but at worst it would recalculate several times (my mom has called it a 'recalculating machine' as a result).

    Only time will tell what the future holds for shopping developments...some future trends I think are liable to have names that aren't even in the lexicon yet.


    4 Nov 13 at 10:26 pm

  14. I was mostly living out of town during the Richland Fashion Mall phase, but my understanding is that it did pretty well for a while, but got caught in a perfect storm of ill-chosen anchors.

    I remember walking through a number of times when it was quite populated with stores. (And you didn't have to walk through Whites to get from one wing to the other).


    5 Nov 13 at 12:07 am

  15. Unless they tear down the entire Richland Midtown Forrest Acres Mall (except for the old JB White's building), I see the place falling into the "Twighlight Zone" and never being more than it is now. I still say rebuild the old Mall look because I think it would attract more people there. Richland Mall was always more of a "community" Mall for Forrest Acres than anything else. In the early to mid 60's, Downtown Columbia was the place to go to, or maybe to the old Sears in 5 points. Richland Mall was more out of the way for most at that time. Still....I'de take it over what's there now.


    5 Nov 13 at 1:20 am

  16. @everyone - I was very young during the original Richland Mall days but wasn't it a semi open-air concept? Were the stores arranged (sheltered) around the sides of the mall with an open central core? To me this would be a neat 'hybrid' concept. If I am wrong, please let me know.


    5 Nov 13 at 1:35 am

  17. Until they tear down the garage and the eastern end of the Mall (leaving White's to Dillard's) the place is dead in the water.

    It would be cool to rebuild the old mall. It was just a gussied up strip mall.


    5 Nov 13 at 7:46 am

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    10 Jul 14 at 2:23 am

  22. The past few comments are the weirdest spam I've seen yet.

    This location is once again open as Le Peep, but I don't know any of the back story on it.


    12 Jul 14 at 10:13 am

  23. They're spam--note that the "author's" name is a web link.


    12 Jul 14 at 12:46 pm

  24. It is easy to tell those comments are from pricks not American, they are using a translation app giving them words that will NEVER sound correct to a true American.

    Hey, you foreigner pricks, get a clue. Prick? look it up A holes.


    12 Jul 14 at 9:02 pm

  25. Rick there is one in particlar that does look foreign to me now that you mention it...not unlike Jay Leno reading instructions from a foreign country on his headlines segment and they don't make much sense and he'd remark as to how they were likely to have been printed in China.


    13 Jul 14 at 12:43 am

  26. They're likely not American, since the sites they're linking to are online stores, but the text of their comments are just scraped from news articles and books found online. Which seems like a lot of trouble to go to when all it's going to do is make your spam comments look even more suspicious.


    13 Jul 14 at 8:23 am

  27. I was over by soho office this morn and noticed the lepeep was back open, as I see Jason already commented. It amazes me that restaurants and stores seem to come and go in the Sandhills with no advertising or fanfare. Anyone know what they are building up near all the banks along Clemson Rd?


    4 Aug 14 at 11:11 am

  28. ** This is JUST MY OPINION. No FACTS HERE. **

    @Cheryl, I know McAlister's Deli is supposed to be moving but I thought it was going in at the Hobby Lobby shopping center. But from the looks of this building so far, it looks pretty much like a McAlister's Deli to me.


    5 Aug 14 at 9:02 am

  29. Just ate here for the first time since the re-open. Minor redecoration, and prion sizes have shrunk considerably, but prices have not. I used to fear the Eighteen Wheeler, and just now I think I could have eaten two. The food's still good, it's just much less of a value than before.

    Then again, that might be part of why it closed in the first place.


    22 Aug 14 at 9:07 am

  30. Prion sizes? Portion sizes. Thanks a lot, phone. I'm pretty sure that there are no prions on the menu at Le Peep, and if they were, I'd expect them to be tiny.


    22 Aug 14 at 9:56 pm

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