Category Archives: Recently Closed

Recently Closed (or Closing): Charleston Cooks! (Greenville)


Downtown Greenville is losing the Charleston Cooks store at the end of May. The owners are retiring according to the news they sent out.

The owner of Charleston Cooks, Dick Elliott, has made the decision to retire from business and we are closing our stores. We are grateful to our customers for 11 years of support. It has been a pleasure serving the Charleston and Greenville communities and the visitors of both of these areas. We are especially thankful for all of the employees who have contributed to building this very special brand over the years.

We will continue to host our cooking classes through April. In an effort to serve our customers at the high standard they are accustomed to, we have canceled and refunded deposits for private events beyond April as staffing could become limited. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers.

Customers holding Charleston Cooks gift certificates should redeem them for merchandise in Greenville by Sunday, May 29 and by Tuesday, June 28 in Charleston.

Stay tuned for special sales and promotions as we work to reduce our inventory.

Charleston Cooks Greenville will close on Sunday, May 29 at 6 pm. Charleston Cooks Charleston will close on Tuesday, June 28 at 6 pm


Will be sad to see them go. It’s a unique store that adds some nice character to downtown Greenville. Here’s hoping something new comes on board soon!

Recently Closed: Don Pablo’s (Greenville)


Ah, I totally dropped the ball on this closing. Back in February the Don Pablo’s in Greenville closed down. About a week or two ago they had an equipment auction as well. My apologies for not posting anything about the closing here on! I received a lot of tips from readers about the closing but failed to post about it. Thank you for all the submissions and keep them coming!


Don Pablo’s Mexican Kitchen has been a favorite restaurant in Greenville for years, but announced Wednesday that it has closed its doors for good and will auction assets online.

Items will be available on Auction Nation.

“It is sad to see this location close it’s doors since so many local patrons have been coming here for years. This is an amazing opportunity not only for people in the restaurant industry, but for patrons and the general public alike to bid on and purchase the assets from Don Pablo’s Mexican Kitchen,”  Sean Doonan, COO for Auction Nation, said in a statement.

The parent company to Don Pablo’s decided to close the Greenville location. Reasons included a changing restaurant industry and increased competition.


Recently Closed: Ryan’s Buffet (Greer/Spartanburg, etc.)


So this was out of the blue. Multiple Ryan’s restaurants have shuttered overnight in the Upstate and beyond. Including the ‘flagship’ one in Greer (next to their former corporate HQ).

Hundreds of food workers are out of a job with little to no warning. 74 buffet style restaurants across the country have been shut down. The two confirmed closures in the Upstate are both Ryan’s restaurants.

Today caution tape and a hand written “closed” sign bar entry to Ryan’s in Spartanburg. Throughout the day patrons pulled up to find out it’s shutdown for good.

The roughly 80 employees here and at the location that closed in Greer, learned just yesterday they are out of a job.


And this article with more details on the SC closings.

In South Carolina, the company said it is shuttering six underperforming Ryan’s locations as part of the reorganization. They are in Columbia, Conway, Greer, Orangeburg, Spartanburg and Surfside Beach.


Recently Closed: CianCiola’s (Greenville)

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Downtown Greenville is losing a deli/small grocery store. CianCiola’s which opened up in early 2015 will be closing up by the end of the month.

The store and deli opened in early 2015 but “just didn’t have the volume of business needed” to justify keeping the doors open, said Joe Varieur, who owned the business along with business partner Wayne Weldon.

“Unfortunately the location was just outside of the Main Street foot traffic,” he said. “We had great feedback from the customers we had. Parking was the only real complaint. Unfortunately, location, location, location.”


Thanks to JP for the tip back a few weeks ago as well!

Coming Soon: Culver’s (Greer) – Update & Blue Ridge Brewery (Greer)


Alrighty Greer residents! Culver’s is looking to open by April, 2016. Awesome.

Jim Clark is locating his second fast-casual Culver’s at 1040 W. Wade Hampton Blvd, next to Aldi and filling in the former D&D Motors site.

The infrastructure is being put in place and Clark said, weather permitting, “Our goal is to open in April. That is the tentative if everything goes according to schedule.”


We previously posted about them coming to Greer here and here.

Also, Blue Ridge Brewery, a brew-pub/restaurant that has been in Downtown Greenville for about 20 years is relocating to Trade Street in Downtown Greer. They expect to open up in early 2016.

After 20 years, Blue Ridge Brewing Company will be closing its downtown Greenville location by the end of this year.

Already in progress is a new location at 308 Trade St. (the former Cazbah space) in downtown Greer that will open by April 1, 2016. Owner Bob Hiller said the Blue Ridge team is excited about the new location and “keeping the brand alive.”