Looking through our 2017 archives, we noticed several of our favorite dining spots are closed. From Colombian food to Middle Eastern cuisine, they came and went. Not sure what went wrong.
Was it the location? The menu? The customer service? Private internal matters? We may never know.
The Jerusalem Cafe
The Jerusalem Cafe was located across from The CrossRidge Cafe & next to the sheriff’s substation. After only nine months, the signs came down and the doors were locked.
Rumor has it they relocated to another area in Charlotte. They specialized in falafel, shawarma, and homemade hummus.
One patron said:
“This place is great! The food has been fresh and delicious every time we’ve been here. The hummus is fantastic and not to be missed. The beef shawarma is my favorite and their baklava, made fresh every day, is the best I’ve ever had. I always get extra to take home!”
Freebirds Family Restaurant
Freebird was located across from Harris Teeter in the former 521 BBQ location. Their forte was Southern home food like fried chicken, biscuits, and grits.
One happy customer boasted:
“I drive 30 minutes to Freebirds just so I can get a real American meal. The food is great, the staff is friendly, and the atmosphere is awesome. It’s exactly what you could want from a Family restaurant. The owner is a solid guy who will check on you to make sure you’re completely satisfied with your visit. They have affordable specials and the food is always on point. Indoor and outdoor seating is available and the parking lot has plenty of wide open spaces even during the busiest times. Definitely one of my favorites in the area. Check it out.”
Casa Colombia was located next to Food Lion & Tian Tian Chinese Food.This Cozy Colombian cafe served coffee & classic fare (empanadas, entrees & sweets) in a colorful space, which made you feel like you were somewhere tropical.
Barbara L. of Fort Mill raved:
“Consistently fantastic and fresh food. Service has always been wonderful. We love the food so much that we have gotten large amounts for parties –our friends flip over the food and become regulars there as well. We particular love the empanadas and broiled flank steak in creole sauce with plantains. The best place in Indian Land, SC hands-down!”
Shane’s Rib Shack
You could find Shane’s Rib Shack in the little plaza situated in front of Walmart. This place seemed to be consistently busy.
In 2002, Shane and his wife brought their dreams to life and created the first shack in Georgia.
One Shane’s fan reported:
“Great customer service. Food is always on point and you get really large portions. Get the smothered pork sandwich!”
Di-Dee’s Diner was an Indian Land classic.
Ok, so maybe this place closed in 2016, but we still wanted to include it.
After Dianne Price relocated Di-Dee’s to the new Sandal Brook location, things started to change and eventually they closed doors. This was a hot spot for regulars & breakfast lovers.
Mary, once a satisfied patron stated:
“I love their breakfast and the down-home feeling you get every time you’re there.”
As much as 2017 proved to be a year of growth for Indian Land, we still owe goodbyes to these businesses that announced their closures.
Although these restaurants flipped their signs from “open” to “closed” for the last time, one definite thing we can look forward to in 2018 is the handful of new establishments coming to the Redstone Retail Shopping development.