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Crums on Central closing May 31

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After serving the Summerville neighborhood for nearly six years, Crums on Central will close at the end of this month.

Owner Andrew Crumrine made the decision this week to close the restaurant at 1855 Central Ave. on May 31 to spend more time with his family.

“I’ve got a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old, and I work nights and weekends,” he said. “Where you would want to be? It’s completely bittersweet because I love my customers and I love what I’m doing down here, but there just comes a time in life, where you’ve got to say, ‘Hey, the real responsible and mature thing to do is take care of your family.’”

Crums, which has a staff of about 20 employees, opened in the summer of 2008. Crumrine said he will also stop operating a food truck that’s affiliated with the restaurant.

On Thursday, Crumrine announced the restaurant’s closure to more than 1,000 followers on Facebook.

Crumrine owns the Central Avenue building and said he’s already received calls from parties inquiring about opening another restaurant in the spot.

“I’ve got a couple of people that are interested in picking it up immediately,” he said. “I would like to see them put their own twist on it. It all remains to be seen.”

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bdouglas
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bdouglas 05/09/14 - 03:32 pm
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I really wanted to love this

I really wanted to love this place. Before I first went there I was really impressed with their logo, marketing, etc. However, once I finally visited I felt like I was in some run of the mill Mexican restaurant or something from the ambiance/decor inside...or lack thereof. The food was just fine, but the interior just turned me off. Only ever ate there twice. I wish the owners well in whatever they decide to pursue next, nonetheless.

by_the_dog
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by_the_dog 05/09/14 - 03:48 pm
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Good food, nice guy

Andrew is a really nice guy, and the food at Crums was always good. His place will be missed!

avidreader
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avidreader 05/09/14 - 04:42 pm
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Noisy!

bdouglas, you have a valid point. I go to Crum's often, but it's always for Sunday brunch. The austere decor is attractive, but there is nothing to mask the noise bouncing around all over the place. The old "Le Cafe" had a lot of wood to absorb noisy conversation.

I will miss Crum's. Andrew put his heart and soul into it. I also wish him the best.

Butterman
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Butterman 05/09/14 - 05:24 pm
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Business was Bad

That is why they are closing.. not because of "spending time with family." This was a great restaurant with an innovative menu. Unfortunately it as in a bad location. If you want to have a successful business you need to locate it where the people with money are.. and that is in Columbia County and Aiken

jimmymac
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jimmymac 05/09/14 - 05:28 pm
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BUTTERMAN
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I agree with your assessment regarding the location. My wife and I went there and the food was very good but we never felt safe going there after dark. Same restaurant in a better location and it would fly.

Conservative Man
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Conservative Man 05/09/14 - 06:20 pm
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Went there often...

….staff was always friendly, food was always fantastic..

I will miss it..

Best of luck in your future endeavors Andrew!!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 05/09/14 - 07:09 pm
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I'll miss it too.

Great place for department happy hours. Love, love, love the appetizers.

Makes me sad.

triscuit
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triscuit 05/09/14 - 08:34 pm
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Butterman, Sheehans and 5

Butterman,
Sheehans and 5 O'clock Bistro are right up Central Ave and they are both always packed. It's not necessary to go to Col/Aiken Co...."where the money is." Plenty of cash in Summerville.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 05/09/14 - 09:14 pm
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Noooooooooooooooooooooo......!!

Great place which will be missed.

countyman
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countyman 05/09/14 - 09:32 pm
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Hilarious!!!!

The majority of businesses are moving to Richmond County.. The ''money'' in the CSRA is located in West Augusta, North Richmond, Aiken, Evans, Martinez, Summerville, and Forest Hills..

Why do you think so many ''successful businesses''(Costco, DSW, Cabelas, Home Goods, Whole Foods, H&M, Michael Kors, etc)are choosing to locate in Richmond County?

I think somebody might want to research the property values in Summerville and even Midtown versus theother areas in the CSRA.. The following businesses obviously did their research and have recently opened.
1. Buona Caffe Artisan Roasted Coffee at 1858 Central Ave
2. Purple Cow Frozen Yogurt at 1419 Monte Sano
3. Wesley Cadle at 1419 Monte Sano Avenue
4. Subway at Central/Troupe

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/10/14 - 11:03 am
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Aren't Lists Wonderful

1. Bread
2. Milk
3. Eggs
4. Shaving Creme
5. Chick Fil A
6. Cookout
7. Sprint Metro Market
8. Zaxbys
9. Pho Bak
10. Did I forget anything?

Oh Yeah... Now I remember
11. Sports Authority
12. Sticky Fingers
13. Olin
14. P&G
15. IFF

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/09/14 - 11:03 pm
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I agree that "need to spend

I agree that "need to spend time with family" is code for "I can't survive any longer", but I don't think it was for lack of quality or ambience; but rather the lack of people in the area who have the desire/means to patronize restaurants of this type. They pack the cookie cutter chains, but won't go to a restaurant that may cost 15%-20% more, but has a better dining experience.
This has been my observation since 1971, and dovetails with my opinion that most folks around here do not like or want progress. (like performing arts centers, civic centers, etc.)

I will miss Crum's too.

Edit: The fact that restaurants up the street are doing well says nothing except there are not enough people to go around. They flock to whatever is in vogue at the time. I've seen it time and again with nightclubs; the same small target group patronizing one, then the other, but not enough of them to keep the higher end clubs in business.

Let's just face it; this is a 90% blue collar area that is unable or unwilling to support higher end amenities. That isn't necessarily good or bad, it just IS.

thauch12
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thauch12 05/10/14 - 08:31 am
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Don't kid yourself...

I think you meant to say, "[there used to be] plenty of cash in Summerville." In the words of Bob Dylan, "the times, they are a-changing." The wells of old money that the Hill families have survived on for decades are drying up.

While you can point to property values, the fact of the matter is that aside from Walton Way/Kings Way/Milledge Road (where incidentally the valuable stately homes were built decades ago), the property values in the rest of Summerville are nothing to write home about. Ironically enough, many of them wouldn't be able to afford the homes they live in now if they had to buy them new.

The fact that businesses like Crums (one of the more upscale dining options in that part of town) are closing is just confirmation that this is true. You can cite coffee shops/fro-yo places/cookie joints/what have you, but when you lose these nicer restaurants, it is only proof that the changes are catering to a less wealthy demographic.

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 05/10/14 - 08:43 am
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itsanotherday1,

You said, "most folks around here do not like or want progress. (like performing arts centers, civic centers, etc.)"

Since when does building a civic center equate to progress?

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/10/14 - 09:31 am
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Summerville

The money is still there...they are just older & don't spend--spend--spend.....BUT it is there.

countyman
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countyman 05/10/14 - 10:26 am
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Hilarious

The double standards against Richmond County are hilarious lol.. There's plenty of new families living in/around Summerville... Multiple new homes are under construction and other's are being expanded.. I've noticed several new estate homes and expansions between Walton Way and Lake Aumond..

I just found two homes for sale in Summerville and both are over $900,000.. Neither home is located on Walton Way, Kings Way, or Milledge.. The homes are right off Mcdowell and Johns rd.... I haven't even mentioned the homes on Highland, Henry, etc...
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/934-Johns-Rd-Augusta-GA-30904/14946612...
http://www.zillow.com/homedetails/2236-Mcdowell-St-Augusta-GA-30904/1495...

The Surrey Center's main demographic is the residents living nearby in Summerville.. Why does the Surrey Center continue to expand if the money in Summerville is drying up lol?

I guess the closing of Stonecrest confirmed Evans is becoming less wealthy. The lack of upscale options in Martinez also confirm the same thing..

The restaurant 5 oclock Bistro is not a coffee shop or yogurt shop.. It's a upscale restaurant and it's more upscale compared to anything in Evans/Martinez and Crums..

Seenitb4... The upscale Surrey Center relies on the money in Summerville to stay open.. Don't let the people who live in the surrounding counties fool you..

seenitB4
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seenitB4 05/10/14 - 10:33 am
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I know the folks

I have kin & friends in this area ctyman..I know what they have...they are very comfortable.....nice homes too...like you said in the 900,000$$ nothing to sneeze at.
Love Surrey Center myself......they get my business when I'm there.Some posters on here live there also.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 05/10/14 - 01:29 pm
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Brad, having sports arenas,

Brad, having sports arenas, music halls, etc. are community amenities that make an area more desirable to move to. I consider growing your community through these types of amenities as progress.

countyman
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countyman 05/10/14 - 02:16 pm
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Augusta Exchange

The naysayers don't like my comments, because they want everybody to believe the surrounding counties are so much better.. They can't portray that Augusta is so horrible if my comments are related to growth and progress..

List are wonderful especially if you live in the Augusta Exchange area.. The Sticky Fingers and Sports Authority doesn't mean anything when your surrounded by new businesses.. The comments are funny, because the person behind the sarcastic remarks can't even spell Pho Bac(Pho Bak is the incorrect spelling)..

1. Augusta Orthopedic Specialist behind Doctors Hospital
2. Northwestern Mutual next to the Home2suites by Hilton(the hotel recently opened)
3. Residence Inn by Marriott at 1110 Marks Church rd
4. GRU 40k sq. ft. expansion on West Wheeler Pkwy
5. Zaxbys at 3680 Wheeler rd
6. Panda Express next to Atlantic Bread company
7. Office building next to Home2suties

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/10/14 - 02:54 pm
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Aww... nortonguy ... now you

Aww... nortonguy ... now you went and hurt my feeling.

I see you didn't address the Plant Closings on my list...

BTW Einstein (they closed too) There is no Atlantic Bread company (sic) in the Augusta Exchange.

You must have been reading Aesop's Fables again.. that one about the Sour Grapes appears to be one of your favorites.

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/10/14 - 03:04 pm
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Can anyone tell me...

Is Doctor's Hospital in the Augusta Exchange? It's on the opposite side of 520, yet countyman considers it as being in the Augusta Exchange.

If this is how things work, does that mean the new WalMart on Wrightsboro Road is in the Augusta Mall?

corgimom
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corgimom 05/10/14 - 04:09 pm
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I just read an article on

I just read an article on Wednesday that said the reason why Whole Foods are opening new stores is because they are facing stiff competition, and they are not doing well at all. They are trying to capture market share, because their existing stores were losing their customers, to supermarkets that are offering more organic products and strong competition from other specialty food stores that offer organic products.

Of course, business strategy like that is lost on Countyman.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/10/14 - 04:10 pm
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Gage Creed, in Countyman's

Gage Creed, in Countyman's view of the universe, probably.

Just like he thinks that West Augusta can support a restaurant all on their own.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/10/14 - 04:18 pm
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I remember when there weren't

I remember when there weren't any homes on the Hill advertised for sale.

There was such a long waiting list that as soon as one came on the market, it was sold as a pocket listing.

I was shocked when I saw the number of For Sale signs on the Hill, when I was there in March, I had never seen it like that.

If you look at those homes that are for sale, they all have had major renovations done to them to try and get them to sell. I remember when that wasn't necessary.

And see, Countyman, that's the difference between you and us. We know the backstories.

All of the old-timey Hill people are dying or aging out of their homes, and their kids don't want them- because they are too expensive to maintain, the repairs on them cost a fortune, and the loyalty to ARC isn't there any more, they can move to a better house in a better location and put their kids in CC schools and save on tuition.

They also know that the surrounding neighborhoods on Wrightsboro, Sand Hills, and Harrisburg are becoming horrible, and they don't want to deal with that blight and crime.

corgimom
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corgimom 05/10/14 - 04:19 pm
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When French Market Grille

When French Market Grille says publically that they are struggling, you know that the Hill people are having a hard time.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 05/10/14 - 04:38 pm
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Unfathomable

I am flabergasted by this statement from Countyman:

The majority of businesses are moving to Richmond County.

It has no context, no facts to back it up, no delimiting parameters. In short, it's meaningless; therefore false.

thauch12
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thauch12 05/10/14 - 04:38 pm
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I can't help but see the

I can't help but see the irony (I'm going to use nice words today) that it is ok for people who don't live in Richmond County to spout their opinion when they agree with a certain poster hahahaha.

But countyman's two examples are actually perfect proof of exactly what I am saying. For starters, it isn't the case that "both are over $900,000" (only one actually is). But even looking past this, you have to keep in mind those are ASKING PRICES. The actual property estimates show that both prices are worth much less than that (~$120K in the case of one and a whopping ~$370K in the other). More importantly, one has been sitting on the market for nearly half a year and the other for 18 months! So someone may want to go back to the drawing board with their proof...

If businesses are coming to West Augusta (or Shangrila or whatever term you want to assign to the area), believe me they are coming partly (I won't even say mostly) because of the wealth in Columbia County. Why else isn't the outlet mall/Cabela's/Costco/Whole Foods/whatever else coming to the Medical District or the Mills or wherever the money in Augusta is supposedly?

Gage Creed
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Gage Creed 05/10/14 - 04:58 pm
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Soup Sandwich

"They can't portray that Augusta is so horrible if my comments are related to growth and progress.. "

Translation?

The Mick
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The Mick 05/10/14 - 08:01 pm
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Bad day. My favorite

Bad day. My favorite restaurant.

OJP
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OJP 05/10/14 - 09:20 pm
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Good memories.

The owner is one hell of a guy, and Crum's is an Augusta gem. The city is worse for this closing, but I wish the best to everyone involved.

And there is no indication that this was anything other than a personal decision. I would be very surprised to find out that the business is/was not profitable.

Best wishes!

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