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Bert's Grill & Diner, 6820 North Main Street Suites E&F: 2000s   21 comments

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Anyone know what this restaurant in Greenview Plaza on North Main at Wilkes Road was? The plaza marquee isn't any help, and I'm not getting any definitive google hits on the address + suite numbers. (There is another restaurant/club in the plaza, which doesn't help).

UPDATE 1 April 2014 -- Based on commenter badger's ID (and picture, see the comments..) I have changing the post title from "Restaurant" to "Bert's Grill & Diner".

Written by ted on March 28th, 2014

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  1. North Main Street, going out past Beltline, up towards Columbia College, out to I-20. I have no interest in that area.
    Never go there. It's just to much like the getto to me.


    30 Mar 14 at 5:55 pm

  2. @Rick- you always say what I'm thinking! LOL


    30 Mar 14 at 7:22 pm

  3. @Rick - what is it about the demarcation line that is I-20 and US 21? I agree with you that anything on North Main from Elmwood to I-20 is the ghetto. Once you cross over I-20 and pass the truck stop it's like you are in a different world. You are in the country. There are still open fields and homes that sit on actual acreage. I know it has changed a lot since I worked out there in the early 90's but back then it was like a throwback to the past.


    30 Mar 14 at 11:29 pm

  4. @TahoeChic - I agree with your comment about Rick. I try to speak my mind on here but sometimes the political correctness police tap me on the shoulder and make me hold back....:^)


    30 Mar 14 at 11:31 pm

  5. @TahoeChic - Homer - Thanks. Though my candor has not always served me well.

    Homer, after one makes it past the truck stop, doesn't it start feeling strange, as if something is wrong, hard to describe.


    31 Mar 14 at 9:01 am

  6. This was Bert's Grill. It was open as of a few years ago. The downtown location was an institution, touting itself as the "SC King of Soul Food." Not a whole lot of places where you can get pig ears and pig tails on the menu.


    31 Mar 14 at 11:02 am

  7. @Homer- I know what you mean about being PC, and I do hope no one thinks I'm referring to any certain ethnic group when I say somewhere is "ghetto". For me - as I've said on here before- I'm a woman, and though not meek by any means, there are places in this town I won't go without my husband. North Main is one of those places. As a child, my grandmother used to take me to Earlwood Park as a treat sometimes when she was out running errands. I'd play for hours and neither of us felt unsafe there. That was in the early 80s. Around that same time, my mom would take me to Tons O' Toys in Five Points on the weekends, and again it never felt unsafe. I wouldn't set foot down there now. It's amazing how many places I just feel uneasy going to these days that I never thought twice about before - the skin color of the people living there has nothing to do with it, and neither does their tax bracket. 99% of the residents of an area can be good God-fearing people, and the 1% who are on the news constantly committing the crimes can ruin it for everyone. I must say that all the internal drama with the Columbia PD doesn't inspire confidence in the city becoming a safe place again. I stay over in my little corner of the world in Lexington as much as possible!


    31 Mar 14 at 2:39 pm

  8. Someone asked in Have Your Say recently if the 'ancient' Piggly Wiggly on North Main Street is still going and as far as I know it still is but the thing of it is, it isn't an area I go to very much.

    I can remember going to what was then Columbia Mall once per Christmas shopping season back in the late 90s but now I don't feel the most at ease with the crowd that Columbia Place Mall draws.


    31 Mar 14 at 4:12 pm

  9. @TahoeChic - Well said about being PC to Homer. I also do not mean to categorize any particular ethnic group. Skin color has nothing to do with it. What does have to do with it is if one feels comfortable or not in a particular surrounding. And our instinct for survival usually tells us if a place is safe or unsafe, where North Main Street tells me, unsafe.


    31 Mar 14 at 6:25 pm

  10. Here's from Google's Street view of the shopping center showing Bert's Grill. I have no idea when this was taken, but at the time the unit directly to the left was a liquor store.


    31 Mar 14 at 9:13 pm

  11. @TahoeChic & Rick - Like you guys, I don't mean anything when I refer to terms like ghetto or section 8. It just means, like you, that the area does not seem safe or comfortable any longer.

    @Rick - crossing I-20 on US 21 is like going from ghetto to Green Acres in a way.

    @Tahoe - funny you should mention Earlwood Park. When I was little some of my family lived in Eau Claire and that's where all of us kids were taken to play when we would visit. Like you said, even until the 80's I would go there just to walk around and reminisce. If I didn't have to go to work every day, I'd probably stay close to Irmo all of the time.


    31 Mar 14 at 10:29 pm

  12. @badger, thanks for the ID!


    1 Apr 14 at 12:03 am

  13. @Homer - You made me lol at the Green Acres comment. I have been watching episodes on Youtube for the past several nights after getting home from work and loving it, what a coincidence that you would mention the show, and yes it is like GA's when crossing I-20. Bump bump, da bump bump, Fresh air, Ba bump da bump bump, Times Square, she is his wife Good Bye city life, Greeeen Acres we are there, ba bump.


    1 Apr 14 at 4:14 pm

  14. @Rick - just for the heck of it I went down Farrow Rd to US 21 and back to I-20 on the way home this evening. Aside from several subdivisions, schools and traffic light it hasn't changed that much since the 90's. I started to see what Ray Lever's old BBQ place looked like but couldn't remember which road to turn down.....YEE HAW!!!!!


    2 Apr 14 at 11:37 pm

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    3 Apr 14 at 12:02 am

  16. I work in Blythewood. Ten plus years ago we would eat at Ray Levers now and again, it is only about five to ten minutes from work. I thought they had pretty good food at the time but, when I'm hungry most food taste good.

    Scotties Café in Blythewood has a really good pizza.
    After 16 years working in Blythewood I have eaten at all the restaurants within a 10 mile radius. I started taking my lunch to work several years ago. Still go out from time to time.

    The company I work for just finished a 150 million dollar expansion we have a cafeteria at the plant now, where we did not before, nice to be able to stay at work and get a good meal. Also has a gym, need that after eating so much.


    3 Apr 14 at 11:22 am

  17. @Rick - when I worked at PMSC in the 80's and early 90's there wasn't much of a choice for eating establishments in that area (we didn't have a cafeteria for several years after we moved out there).

    There was a little greasy spoon next to what used to be Spivey's service station right down 21 from the old Wilson Motel (it was still open when we moved there). It was horrible. The ladies that worked in there never got your order right and they were not the most sanitary people in the world. I've got a funny story about this place.

    Once there was a couple from out of state that pulled in to get a bite to eat. They ordered and asked the waitress where the restrooms were. She pointed over to Spivey's service station and said "Right over there, but you'll have to get the key from the guy inside." Then when they finally got their food it was all mixed up (of course). So the waitress got two more plates and raked the food off of the original plates onto the new ones until she got it right. Me and the buddy I was eating with were about to fall off of our chairs at the looks on the people's faces.

    Right across 21 from PMSC was a little dive called The Lunch Box. It was a little concrete block building that sat back in the woods. Two couples from the northeast ran it; pure yankees if there ever were any. They made some damn good hamburgers all on a couple of electric griddles in the makeshift kitchen. Once a week they would have homemade clam chowder that was awesome! We would go there for happy hour after work because they were selling beer for 50 to 75 cents a can.

    There was another little hamburger joint in Blythwood that made some pretty good grub as well. It was in a little building close to the street light that was shared with a liquor store.

    Other than Ray Lever's these were to only places to eat around there at the time.


    3 Apr 14 at 11:33 pm

  18. Hey Ted I recommend you check the HTML tag on your UPDATE 1 April 2014 blurb as the bold tag isn't closed correctly...


    4 Apr 14 at 10:58 pm

  19. D'oh!


    4 Apr 14 at 11:18 pm

  20. @Homer - I may have mentioned it before, can't remember. My wife works in HR at the DMV in Blythewood. PMSC, PMS or CSC donated, gave or allows South Carolina to use one of the original buildings from the glory days of PMSC. What a fantastic campus, as you must know. I have visited my wife there and am amazed at how much it must have cost to build that place. I understand they once had over 3000 employees.

    Blythewood has really grown since the 1980's and I believe any restaurant in the area now is doing pretty good.

    The new Sharpe Shop at the corner of US-21 and Community Road is always packed. Mr. Sharpe has it going on, much like Bob Brandi with his Pitt Stop Convenience Stores.

    With the addition of the 200 plus people we are adding to the place I work, it will only enhance the sales of businesses that are open now.

    If we were only able to travel into the future 20 years and see the things to come.


    6 Apr 14 at 4:17 pm

  21. @Rick - yes you did mention that sometime in the past. I'm going to have to go to the DMV out there sometime soon. It'll be cool to see what the campus looks like after all these years.


    7 Apr 14 at 10:54 pm

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