Closure of the Italian restaurant Villa in Columbia SC


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The Italian restaurant Villa on Bush River Road will close on Dec. 22, according to a company’s Facebook post.

An Italian restaurant that has been a mainstay of Columbia for more than four decades will close before the end of the year.

The Villa, located at 1704 Bush River Road, announced on its corporate Facebook page that it will close permanently on December 22. The restaurant will end lunch service after this week, then it will be open only for dinner service from Monday to Saturday until December 22.

The company said on social media that a lot of “thinking” had been taken in the “tough decision” to go out of business.

“We are truly grateful to all of the loyal customers who have made The Villa such a success over the past 45 years. We hope everyone will come and see us before December 22, ”said the post from The Villa.

According to The Villa’s website, the Bush River Road location has been open since May 1977. There was also a Villa location at Five Points for over two decades. This Five Points spot closed in 1993. Some of the murals that adorned the walls of the old Five Points location were cut out and moved to the Bush River Road spot in 1993.

The Villa announced its closure on Facebook on Monday in a post that had been shared nearly 500 times on Tuesday afternoon. Nearly 300 people commented on the post, many of whom shared warm memories of the restaurant.

“So sad. We’ve been coming to The Villa for at least 41 years,” wrote client Carol Averitte. “We’ve had a lot of family celebrations in the back room. Even though we don’t live in (Colombia) anymore, we will stop by to buy an uncooked Villa Special to take home with us, hoping we can come and enjoy the Villa once again!

Another client wrote that she was heartbroken by the news.

“Our family dines there all the time,” wrote customer DW Tracey. “The Villa is always the place to go when you don’t know where to go, because the food is perfect every time. I have enjoyed so many meals with friends and family over the years at Bush River and at Five Points.

Chris Trainor worked for newspapers in South Carolina for over 17 years, including previous stops at (Greenwood) Index-Journal and (Columbia) Free Times. He has won numerous South Carolina Press Association awards including accolades in column writing, reporting on government events, profile writing, food writing, election coverage, and more.


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