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Robolli's Italian Bar & Grill closes in Martinez

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An Italian restaurant in Martinez has closed.

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Robolli’s Italian Bar & Grill at 502 Furys Ferry Road closed in mid-June, said owner Burton Eichel.

“A lot more effort was required then I was willing to put into it,” Eichel said. “I just didn’t have the time that the restaurant needed to be run at the standards I wanted to maintain. For me, it just made sense to close it.”

The restaurant opened in the Bi-Lo shopping center next to The Pass in 2009. Eichel took over the business in 2012.

About 20 employees worked at the restaurant.

A representative for Augusta-based retail real estate firm Hull Storey Gibson, which handles leasing for the center, said multiple restaurant operators have expressed interest in the space, but a new lease hasn’t been signed.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 07/02/14 - 05:34 pm
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Tried it a few times over the years

It was a disappointment.

Other than the food preparation and the wait staff, it was okay.

restguy
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restguy 07/02/14 - 05:44 pm
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Sucked...

Put a great breakfast place in there. Model it after the pancake house in Columbia.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 07/02/14 - 06:24 pm
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Sunrise Grill...

...on Washington Road is already THE breakfast place for the area. If only they would ban politicians wanting to shake your hand during election years...I have met John Barrow 11 times there!

Hawkman0718
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Hawkman0718 07/02/14 - 06:45 pm
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Maybe Garlic Clove will follow

Please do us all a favor!

LeConteSkier
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LeConteSkier 07/02/14 - 09:13 pm
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Garlic Clove

Fury's Ferry is not the greatest place for restaurants. Many great places have closed there as well. It took Earth Fare 5 YEARS just to BREAK EVEN at their location and survive considering 1 year after they opened, people that I knew that worked there said the store would close if business didn't pick up. The traffic is not enough for specialty stores and restaurants to make it and most of the population passes by via Washington Road or River Watch Pkwy. When Whole Foods opens, It will be interesting to see how they do. Food Lion didn't survive and closed just 1 1/2 years after they opened. Publix is supported by Jones Creek and West Lake. Bi-Lo struggled to get their sales up on that location as well. Fury's Ferry needs to limit their commercial to the Earth Fare, Publix and Wal-Mart intersections since there is limited demand for it. As for quality, Garlic Clove was AWESOME in their old location. Now they are getting complacent and the salad and soup bar is not as fresh and the staff is not as friendly. They need to step it up if they plan to stay open. Meanwhile if you want REAL Italian and amazing service, go to Antonio's in North Augusta. Well worth the drive from Martinez and Evans. Everything that I have had there has been amazing!!!

geecheeriverman
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geecheeriverman 07/03/14 - 03:25 am
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Traffic Problems

One of the biggest problems with Furys Ferry Road is the traffic flow. You have to make a U-turn in heavy traffic to get to most businesses on either side of the road.

fedex227
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fedex227 07/03/14 - 04:11 am
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Wow, I remember eating at this place once ...
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They ran out of silverware and were handing out plastic ware (and not the good/sturdy kind). Ever tried to cut into a Stromboli with flimsy plastic-ware? Not fun. Didn't think they'd last too much longer after that.

nocnoc
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nocnoc 07/03/14 - 06:23 am
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Actually ate there 3 times

The 1st time in 2010 was fantastic.

The 2nd time was 2013 later it was a not even a top 100 for me.
Over seasoned, over sauced, reduced hours, just a general lacking.

The 3rd time 6 months later was no better, and more like a part-time food business.

The wife and I agreed it was off our list.

I will say this
Whoever they was cooking and handling the floor 4 years ago should start their own restaurant.

belle
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belle 07/03/14 - 06:46 am
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Why is this the first time I ever heard of this restaurant? Maybe that was part of the problem? As for Garlic Clove....went there, ate there, could have stayed home and had frozen Stouffers. It would have been better. NO idea how they stay in business. Any business that is constantly offering discounts to get people to come in is showing their inability to get customers by their quality and service.

redfish
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redfish 07/03/14 - 07:20 am
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False article...

Columbia county is only populated by the super rich, no business can fail that locates there. By merely being in the air of Columbia county, a business is guaranteed success. There is zero crime, the place is breathtakingly beautiful and everyone who lives there is very close to perfect. If a business does close, it is because the owner has made so much money they can retire in grand style.

The Chronicle should be ashamed of publishing such a misleading article.

Butterman
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Butterman 07/03/14 - 07:32 am
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Happy Dance
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This will make Cman happy. I can just see him doing his happy jig now.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/03/14 - 08:16 am
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Close To The Truth

" If a business does close, it is because the owner has made so much money they can retire in grand style."

That's pretty close to the truth. The owner lives in West Lake and tried the restaurant across Fury's Ferry as a passionate hobby, more or less. His wife is a physician. They are both super people. Note he said, he couldn't run it to the standards he wanted, thus he closed.

raul
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raul 07/03/14 - 10:06 am
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I ate there a couple of

I ate there a couple of times. I thought the pizza was pretty good.

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