By: Derek Phillips
Posted: Oct. 23, 2010 11:15 a.m.
The legendary Biscuit House restaurant on Bluff Road is closing its doors after 30 years in business Friday. Over the years it's been a popular meeting spot in it's familiar spot across the street from Williams-Brice Stadium.
Owner Gene Sansbury says that the building he leases sits on land that's part of the state-owned Farmers Market, land that has been sold to USC.
"The University has bought all of this property that has been farmers market property since back in the 1950's," says Sansbury. "They need it for parking. They lost all their parking at the fairgrounds."
Sansbury decided not to try to move to another location when he was told three years ago of the impending sale.
The Biscuit House name, and Sansbury's recipes, will live on. Owner of Corner Pantry convenience stores David Tucker announced Tuesday he bought the naming rights, equipment, and recipes from Sansbury.
The Corner Pantry's Ballentine location will be the first to sell Biscuit House food starting Monday morning.
The closing has many long-time customers saddened.
"I started coming here in '88 when I was working with the National Guard," customer Robert Benter said. "I enjoy everything here. It's just all the different kinds of food, the cinnamon rolls especially."
"I'm going to miss it very much and the people too. This is a great place and wonderful people," Benter said.