A local Mexican restaurant chain is opening a store in Columbia County, renovating a building that has been vacant for eight years.
The operators of Mi Rancho recently applied for an alcohol license to serve beer, wine and spirits at 407 Furys Ferry Road. The 3,500 square foot building sits across from a shopping center anchored by a Publix supermarket.
The restaurant will be Columbia County’s third Mi Rancho and the ninth in the chain. Mi Rancho operates two sites in Augusta, one in Evans and one in Grovetown. The Mi Ranchos of South Carolina are found in Aiken, Clearwater, Wagener, and Batesburg.
Mi Rancho will be the fourth restaurant in the past 15 years to try its luck in this busy location. Furys Ferry is one of Columbia County’s major arteries, with about 20,000 vehicles passing through this location each day, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation.
The building was erected in 2006 for a Raising Cane chicken fingers franchise, but it closed abruptly in April 2009.
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Five months later, Ann and Dick Collins began renovating the property, and in November 2010 they opened a restaurant called Pickles. This business closed in July 2012.
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In April 2013, the location reopened as St. Louis Original Hamburgers by owner Gregory Glover, a former homebuilder who turned to the food and beverage industry after the market fell. housing in 2008. He told The Augusta Chronicle at the time of opening that he also intended to open locations in Grovetown and Augusta.
Police arrested Glover just five months later on two counts of financial identity fraud. He had attempted to open two work bank accounts using a pair of Social Security numbers that actually belonged to a woman from Sylvester, Ga. And a man from Glenside, Pa., Authorities said.
In January 2014, former St. Louis Burgers employees went to the restaurant to demand a pay back, but Glover locked the doors and called on authorities to evict the people from the premises.
A month later, Glover was kicked out of the restaurant for failing to pay more than $ 40,000 in rent to RC Capital, a Raising Cane limited liability company that still owned the property, according to a lawsuit filed in the United States court of law. bankruptcies.
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After Glover pleaded guilty to identity fraud in September 2014, Superior Court Judge Carl C. Brown Jr. ordered him to serve a 10-year probation, pay a $ 5,000 fine and follow a mandatory consultation.