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Old 04-20-2017, 09:53 AM   #1
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Default HARPER'S in Five Points has CLOSED

After 27 years, Longtime Five Points and Columbia restaurant Harper's has closed its doors!

http://www.thestate.com/news/busines...145446359.html
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I have to believe this is because 5 points just isnt what it once was. 5 points was awesome in the 70s 80s and 90s..not so much since.
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I have to believe this is because 5 points just isnt what it once was. 5 points was awesome in the 70s 80s and 90s..not so much since.

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The growth of the Vista for dining probably hurt them, too.
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What do you mean?
Just another person longing for bygone days.

Businesses come and go, it doesnt mean that the area isn't what it once was.
Or maybe it does mean that? After all, who is to say that it should be what it once was? Things change, progress, all based on changing demographics and tastes.
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During the day, Five points is great for its eateries like Yesterdays, Groucho's Deli, the Gourmet Shop, and for its boutiques for shopping. At night its filled with USC students and people in their 20's for the bars and drink specials at the bars. Really a great vibe! Love Five Points.
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Just another person longing for bygone days.

Businesses come and go, it doesnt mean that the area isn't what it once was.
Or maybe it does mean that? After all, who is to say that it should be what it once was? Things change, progress, all based on changing demographics and tastes.
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Pretty average restaurant
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Pretty average restaurant
Yeah, we've eaten there a couple of times and I was never overly impressed.
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Pretty average restaurant
As is most food in five points. Groucho's might be the worst..
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I still miss Frank's Hot Dogs in Five Points. It was more than a few years ago, but the dogs and ice cold draft beers in a frosted glass mug were .50 cents each.
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Can't say I didn't see this coming.

10 years ago and before, Harpers was a great restaurant.

Lately, not so much. We went in November and it had turned into a late night burger and chicken finger joint for college kids. They wouldn't seat people in the dining room, only at the bar. This was at 7pm. The menu was one page of average stuff, no steaks or pasta or anything like that. It was a total waste of a great place. We had one drink and an app, and then we went to Mr. Friendly's and had a wonderful meal.

I think several years ago, the clientele for a Harpers type environment and menu got turned off or a little nervous of the alleged gang presence in 5 points after some shootings and other incidents, and chose not to get caught up in all that, especially with so many other comparable options to choose from around town.
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As is most food in five points. Groucho's might be the worst..
WHOA now!!!! I resent that!!! Groucho's is a STAPLE, and pretty damn good too! Miss it all the time! I'd kill for an STP dipper and a sweet tea right now!
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Can't say I didn't see this coming.

10 years ago and before, Harpers was a great restaurant.

Lately, not so much. We went in November and it had turned into a late night burger and chicken finger joint for college kids. They wouldn't seat people in the dining room, only at the bar. This was at 7pm. The menu was one page of average stuff, no steaks or pasta or anything like that. It was a total waste of a great place. We had one drink and an app, and then we went to Mr. Friendly's and had a wonderful meal.

I think several years ago, the clientele for a Harpers type environment and menu got turned off or a little nervous of the alleged gang presence in 5 points after some shootings and other incidents, and chose not to get caught up in all that, especially with so many other comparable options to choose from around town.
I agree. My girlfriend and I went for dinner, valentines 2014, and it was a great dinner. With more and more college bars, and the vibe in Five points shifting to a college bar scene most nights after 8pm, older adults looking to go out to dinner or a have a date night got turned off by the drunk college/frat bar party scene which I think is why they tried to cater more to the college kids. Adults started going to the Vista and other upscale eateries.
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Gotta weigh in on 5 Points. Harpers was after my time....but

Franks Hot Dogs. What a great dog and beer.
The Villa. College date night, loved their pizza.
Don's. Well it had it's purpose.
Yesterdays. My first job interview in 1980 with the company I worked for for 34 years and retired from. The man that interviewed my still a close friend and in Columbia. Every visit lunch at Yesterday's with him. (Chicken Fried Steak). Back in the 80's and 90's we would meet there for drinks after the long drive up for football game from South Florida.

The Vista wasn't invented back then, although I vaguely remember a restaurant over that way that had an all you can drink champagne brunch which we did for my best friends birthday. Well we really did, and I still have a hard time drinking champagne.
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The growth of the Vista for dining probably hurt them, too.
This is a huge factor. The Vista is the far nicer place to eat. If I go to Five Points it is to grab cheap drinks that's about it.
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WHOA now!!!! I resent that!!! Groucho's is a STAPLE, and pretty damn good too! Miss it all the time! I'd kill for an STP dipper and a sweet tea right now!
It's okay, but what's so amazing about a microwaved sandwich?
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Groucho's might be the worst..
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It's okay, but what's so amazing about a microwaved sandwich?
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WHOA now!!!! I resent that!!! Groucho's is a STAPLE, and pretty damn good too! Miss it all the time! I'd kill for an STP dipper and a sweet tea right now!
You would change your tune pretty quickly if you g to an actual deli.
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