After 27 Years, Harper’s Restaurant Closes Its Doors

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) – A staple for nearly three decades in the Midlands community is closing.

Harper’s restaurant is shutting down, effective immediately.

Harper’s employees felt blindsided when they came into work Wednesday morning and were greeted by a paper note that said the restaurant was closed.

“I couldn’t believe it,” former employee, Edward Mikle said. “I’ve been here for 22 years. Now I have to go look for another job first thing in the morning and after being here all these years.”

ABC Columbia reached out to management at the restaurant and they could not comment on why the eatery known for classic American favorites was closing.

The business has operated on Harden Street for 27 years.

Statement for the Five Points Association:

The Five Points Association is disheartened to hear the news of long-time Five Points merchant, Harper’s Restaurant, closing its doors. They were an active member of the Association and a beloved business in our village.

Every district goes through change and not unlike the rest of downtown Columbia, Five Points is experiencing tremendous growth. We are excited and optimistic for the future of our community.