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Weekend News: Oakblue Kitchen (Downtown Greenville), Pet Supplies Plus (Taylors), Guitar Center (Spartanburg), and More!

Happy Friday the 13th! Trust you aren’t too superstitious about this freaky day. 🙂 So let’s jump right into a few news bits that’s hit our inboxes lately:



A brand new restaurant is opening up in Downtown Greenville called Oakblue Kitchen. According to their website it looks like they’ll be serving Korean BBQ and Southern Staples (whatever that means). They will be opening up in the former Bravo location on Main Street.

A Korean BBQ restaurant will be a great boon for downtown. That’s one niche that’s non-existant so far.


In the Hampton Village shopping center there’s been a few changes. Miniature World of Trains has closed up as well as Wade Hampton Country Buffet. Rumor has it that the Pizza Hut that’s in that center will be opening up a sit down restaurant where the buffet used to be.

Also, the construction has started where the old Sonic used to be for a new Starbucks based on the info that we’ve received.

And finally, a new pet supplies store will be opening up where the Office Depot used to be. Pet Supplies Plus is the name of the store and this will be their first Upstate location (closest one is up in Asheville, NC). You can see where they’ll be located at on this development sheet.


Speaking of pizza. This new Chicago-style pizza place called Old Chicago is coming to the Upstate. It sounds like it might be a few years out though.

The first of the new locations is scheduled to open in Myrtle Beach late this year, with two other locations planned to open in Greenville and Spartanburg in the next three years.

Old Chicago specializes in handcrafted pizzas and craft beer. The restaurant offers classic pub fare like chicken wings and specialty burgers, as well as a variety of pizzas. The restaurant features traditional Chicago style, as well as thin crust varieties, and 30 craft beers on tap.

The restaurant currently has 100 locations in 24 states


Here’s hoping they open sooner than 3 years though!



Got a tip from one our readers that QT will be opening yet another location in the Spartanburg area

QT is a great place to be honest. Clean, good food, good gas prices. Glad to see them continuing their expansion and growth in the Upstate.




The Haywood Road area continues to be refreshed and updated. Looks like The Gallery shopping area is getting a parking lot renovation that will be fantastic.

Major appearance changes are planned at The Gallery shopping center on Haywood Road. A New York company, DNA Property Management, plans to develop a courtyard and renovate a side building to accommodate outdoor recreation retailers.

Weinstein said the side building, a former restaurant, is being gutted, and the renovation includes an exterior “elevation plan” to visually enhance the space for retailers such as running stores or bicycle stores. He said city approval is being sought for that project, which will start first.

The courtyard will follow in the area outside of Cici’s, Weinstein said.


According to sources, one of the new shops going in will be Performance Bicycle

The new Performance Bicycle is going to be in the vacated Grille 33 restaurant space. I saw people working on that building last week.



Guitar Center opened up yesterday in Spartanburg.

Los Angeles-based music instrument retailer Guitar Center celebrated the grand opening of its Spartanburg store on Thursday.

The company kicked off its fourth store in South Carolina at 1487 W.O. Ezell Blvd. with a live performance by the Charleston-based band Top Jimmy, exclusive savings and gear giveaways.

The store will operate from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.


Whew! That’s about it for this week. Love seeing all this news! Great for the Upstate (the openings, not the closings). Don’t forget that Culver’s is opening up next week in Greer! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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.


Coming Soon: Cook Out (Spartanburg)


It seems that Cook Out is continuing their Upstate expansion! Just got word that they will be opening up a some new locations in Spartanburg off John B. White Sr Blvd at the Camelot Center.

 as well as a location off Reidville Road

Thanks to @joelriddle3 for the hot tip!

Coming Soon: Lidl (Greenville/Spartanburg)


Looks like the Upstate is going to be getting a brand new German-based grocery chain. Plans have been filed for Greenville and Spartanburg for a couple new Lidl grocery stores.

Site plans filed with the county show Germany-based Lidl’s is planning a more than 36,000-square-foot store on the west side. The store would be built on nearly 3.5 acres at 8180 Warren H. Abernathy Highway beside Shogun Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar.


Plans have also been filed for Greenville off WHB and Pine Knoll. The Lidl corporate site also mentions their plans to open up in the US as well.

2047 Wade Hampton Blvd

Thanks to Carolina Knight for the tips on this!