Harper’s Restaurant, a popular Five Points dining location, has closed its doors after 27 years in business.
The closing was announced with a sign posted on the front door saying: "After a great 27 years Harper's Restaurant has now closed. We want to thank all of our loyal guests for all their continued support over the years.”
On the restaurant’s Facebook page, a statement said the location at 700 Harden St. was shuttered Tuesday.
“Dining trends and areas in Columbia have changed dramatically over the past few years and Harper’s Group has made the difficult decision to move forward to focus on other projects throughout the Carolinas,” the Facebook statement said. “We want to thank the many associates who have worked with Harper’s over the years and of course, all of our loyal patrons. Harper’s Group will continue to operate the Harper’s brand in Charlotte and Greensboro and hope that Columbia diners will visit next time they are in town.”
In February, Harper’s Group opened the 1801 Grille at the 650 Lincoln student residence complex on the USC campus.
Amy Beth Franks, spokeswoman for the Five Points Association, said in a press release that the organization, “is disheartened to hear the news of long-time Five Points merchant, Harper's Restaurant, closing its doors.”
Harper’s, she added, was an active member of the association and a “beloved business in our village,” located near the University of South Carolina campus.
“Every district goes through change and not unlike the rest of downtown Columbia, Five Points is experiencing tremendous growth,” Franks said. “We are excited and optimistic for the future of our community.”
Harper’s is classified as a casual eatery with a patio that served American favorites including platters of slow-smoked barbecue.