Stonecrest Steakhouse closes

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An Evans steakhouse has closed its doors for good.

Mark Herbert, the owner of Stonecrest Steakhouse in Evans Town Center, said the last dinner was served Saturday night.

Herbert, who also owns and operates Herbert Homes, said it's difficult to compete with chain-restaurant pricing.

"We were going to close for vacation and renovations," Herbert said. "We just decided it'd be best just to pay all the bills, close the doors and sell it out."

He opened the 140-seat restaurant in October 2007, with hopes of franchising the concept.

Diners might not have to wait long before another restaurant opens there.

"I've got several big groups looking at buying the place," said Herbert, who owns the building and office park surrounding it. "I think the community will be happy with the ones who are looking ... I was very, very impressed."

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stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/12/10 - 02:14 pm
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Not surprising with the

Not surprising with the prices, I mean the atmosphere was really nice but now days most people just don't spend that kind of money on a meal. I actually wish the area had a Razoo's Cajun restaurant, they are very good with great prices.

marie21
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marie21 07/12/10 - 02:31 pm
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I loved the "Green Jacket"

I loved the "Green Jacket" salad they served.

ironpurps
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ironpurps 07/12/10 - 02:49 pm
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This place was way overpriced

This place was way overpriced and the steaks weren't even as good as Longhorn's.

hotcar
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hotcar 07/12/10 - 02:55 pm
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This does not suprise me!!!

This does not suprise me!!! The food was waaaay overpriced and was horrible in taste!!!

crackerjack
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crackerjack 07/12/10 - 02:55 pm
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I hope one of them is Sizzlin

I hope one of them is Sizzlin

storiesihaveread
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storiesihaveread 07/12/10 - 03:06 pm
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I had to google Razoos it

I had to google Razoos it seems like my type of food spicy the way it shoud be. They seem to be in TX except for the one in Concord NC. Also anybody went to Caroline Ale. I have been hearing mixed reviews about the place

Ushouldnthave
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Ushouldnthave 07/12/10 - 03:20 pm
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i'm holding my breath for a

i'm holding my breath for a Landry's.

Chillen
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Chillen 07/12/10 - 03:26 pm
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What ever happened to the

What ever happened to the Logans that was supposed to open in the Riverwood shopping center?

jack2006
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jack2006 07/12/10 - 03:42 pm
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I wasn't impressed with the

I wasn't impressed with the food. I could have cooked what I ordered better when I was nine year old. A hole in a wall kitchen's food tasted better theirs. It wasn't about the price. It's all about the favor and that they just didn't have to keep people coming back.

csraattitude
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csraattitude 07/12/10 - 03:48 pm
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I ate there many times, the

I ate there many times, the food was excellent and the service too. Most people want a 25.00 prime steak for 8 bucks.

Emerydan
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Emerydan 07/12/10 - 03:54 pm
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This is the CSRA... where

This is the CSRA... where bargain-basement is the rule.

JackBootedThug
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JackBootedThug 07/12/10 - 04:04 pm
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"It's not a money issue".

"It's not a money issue". That's funny right there! I guess instead of hiring exra help to count all the money they were making, they decided to close instead...

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 07/12/10 - 04:14 pm
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Yeah, it's ALWAYS about the

Yeah, it's ALWAYS about the money! I've only been to the place once, and that's only because someone else was buying! To be honest, the steak was pretty tasty, but it was not worth the price...not to me. Other people may rationalize it by thinking that if the price is high, the quaility MUST be high. That's the same logic some people use in buying cars, clothes, electronics, etc., and that's why many people are going broke. Course, some people just have too much money than they know what to do with....or at least that's what they want other people to think. Anyway, I'm hoping that another good restaurant moves in that will be adequately priced.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 07/12/10 - 04:39 pm
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Texas Roadhouse would be

Texas Roadhouse would be nice.

belle
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belle 07/12/10 - 05:17 pm
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For the prices they charged a
Unpublished

For the prices they charged a customer would expect great food, service and atmosphere. I have no problem paying for these quality features but they must ALL be present. When we went there the service was terrible and the atmosphere left a lot to be desired. We felt crammed in and had to speak loudly to hear each other.

Sargebaby
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Sargebaby 07/12/10 - 05:25 pm
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Mark says; ""It's not a money

Mark says; ""It's not a money issue....,"
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Mark, it's always a money issue! If you had lines of folks waiting to get in at every meal, my guess is, you would still be open. The country atmosphere of Evans and Columbia County may not be well prepared for an "up-scale" eatery. Try a Red Lobster or Sconyers and see how those will go!

omnomnom
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omnomnom 07/12/10 - 05:34 pm
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why is everyone clamoring for

why is everyone clamoring for some new chain restaurant to come here? there are plenty of EXCELLENT local upscale dining options. heck, most of the good chains that come here fall pretty short. for example the California Dreamin' here is awful and has no atmosphere, it's in a rather ugly building too. at least in Charleston or Columbia you get the feeling your money is actually going towards something. yeesh. Fatz Cafe. Cheddars. ect. they're the new "Applebee's" barf.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 07/12/10 - 05:57 pm
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"It's not a money issue,"

"It's not a money issue," That all depends on who's money you are talking about.

Classicsouth1
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Classicsouth1 07/12/10 - 06:17 pm
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Mark Herbert is one of the

Mark Herbert is one of the most popular builders in the state. He owns that whole complex. If you read the article, he states that his business goal was to " franchise the concept ". Growth would be difficult in this reccession . I say thanks for investing in our community and please keep on.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 07/12/10 - 06:31 pm
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Well said , Classicsouth 1.

Well said , Classicsouth 1. My sentiments exactly. The article makes it sound like Herbert is taking a businessman's perspective and applying it where needed. I, too, thank him for investing in Augusta. Let's hope he brings in a quality "upscale" replacement.

And Emerydan, you have a liberals understanding of competition. Business must not be your business.

humbleopinion
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humbleopinion 07/12/10 - 06:37 pm
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I have to agree with the

I have to agree with the "barf" comment about Fatz and Cheddars. I actually did barf about an hour after the last time I ate at Cheddars....and I do mean the LAST time. Prices were good, but the service was horrible each of the six times we tried eating there. Applebees is the pits in this town. Logan's is noisy and dirty looking. O'Charley's isn't bad and they have a 9.99 7 oz steak that is pretty good. Sticky Fingers is great in Charleston and Chattanooga but is horrible here. We enjoy the Snug about once a month for a good steak and it is our favorite local place. The one local place that I really miss is the Twisted Chicken that was open in Evans a few years back. They had a fabulous breaded tenderloin sandwich just like they serve in Indiana and the best onion rings in the south. The only chain restaurant that I would like to see come to Augusta is Pizzaria Uno! I love Chicago style pizza!

mosovich
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mosovich 07/12/10 - 06:51 pm
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After reading the comments

After reading the comments you people write, would you want to serve you food? Heck no! I thought the place was great.. Yeah, a little pricey, but I really liked it and was looking forward to returning soon.. Guess I'll have to suck it up and eat at one of the "chain" places now..

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/12/10 - 06:52 pm
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It appears the radio

It appears the radio advertizing didn't help.

Mudfish
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Mudfish 07/12/10 - 06:53 pm
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I don't mind paying $25.00

I don't mind paying $25.00 for a $25.00 steak but when I pay that kind of price for a rare steak and get a well done steak and the server does not come back to check for too long to send it back, I do mind. All I ask is that if I order a rare steak I want a rare steak with some taste to it.
The first time my wife and I went there, it was worth the money. The second time, it was like I described above.
I hope another fine dining place comes there.

tazbill
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tazbill 07/12/10 - 07:02 pm
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HI I was just wondering

HI I was just wondering why he just donate the building so they could open a soup kitchen???? That's what i heard he wanted to do about 5 years ago in harrisburg downtown...

fishman960
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fishman960 07/12/10 - 07:19 pm
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Someone say Sizzlin? As in

Someone say Sizzlin? As in Western Sizzlin? Are there any Pasquerrelli's left? Ol' Nick was a joy to work for!

Pickett
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Pickett 07/12/10 - 07:48 pm
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I actually thought the food

I actually thought the food at Stonecrest was great and reasonably priced. We didn't eat there all that often because of the price, but the food was worth the cost and we considered it a treat. I had to chuckle at those of you who think Longhorn's and Sizzler have better steaks. I'm no food snob, but I do know a good steak when I eat one and Longhorn's "ain't it".
I really do hope they bring in a reputable restaurant to replace it. I wish it were someone local who has a good business mind and a great chef-in-waiting. I'm really tired of this Walmart-mentality regarding chain restaurants. If I want to eat pre-packaged/prepped off-site food, I can do that myself by buying a frozen dinner.

Whim
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Whim 07/12/10 - 08:05 pm
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I'm with Pickett, I really

I'm with Pickett, I really enjoyed Stonecrest and am sorry to see it go. The chain steakhouses are good if you want a piece of meat that has been marinated all night and grilled with a ton of seasoning on it. Then when it gets to your table you have to load it up with A1. In my humble opinion, a good steak is one you dont have to season, and Stonecrest was that place, well worth the extra money. I hope to find a place as good. I hear the Public House in Surrey Center is excellent, but expensive. I will have to try it out.

bone1
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bone1 07/12/10 - 08:23 pm
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pizzeria uno gets my vote:

pizzeria uno gets my vote: there is not one place to get a decent pizza in this town. every pizza around heres tastes like cardboard. having lived in the midwest for a few years, brats and good pizza is about all i can say good about the experience :)

dichotomy
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dichotomy 07/12/10 - 08:37 pm
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Western Sizzlin. Now you're

Western Sizzlin. Now you're talking. Can't say much for the atmoshere but I haven't felt like I've gotten what I paid for at a restaurant since they left town. Most of the "fine dining" places I go to in Augusta nowadays where the cheapest steak starts at about $23, the texture and flavor of the meat they serve doesn't even make it up to Western Sizzlin $5.95 T-bone level. And you can't eat atmosphere, not that any of the existing restaurants have much of that either. Mostly they just have some music that is too loud to allow for dinner conversation.

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