D’s Wings has been a beloved institution in the River District since 1988.
Owner Billy Rentz said they found out last May the restaurant’s lease would not be renewed at their current location in Cayce’s Parkland Plaza. Rentz started working immediately to find a place to relocate. A new plan came together in less than a week’s time and it was decided D’s would be moving down the street, to West Columbia.
The new location will be just .3 miles away at 415 Meeting Street, beside Savage Craft Ale Works and across from the city’s Art Park. According to Rentz, the building D’s will occupy has gone unused for at least 30 years.
“We believe its original use was a mechanic shop, where Lexington County sent their ambulances and service vehicles,” he said. “We’ve renovated and added onto it.”
Although the location will be different, Rentz said many aspects of the restaurant will stay the same. “Chicken wings drive the train, and they always will. We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel down here. That’s what’s made us, and we’re going to keep doing that. Good burgers, steaks, ribs, and wings. That’s what we plan to do,” he said. The look of the menu, however, will have a new layout and fresh design.
In addition to keeping the same food options, Rentz said the size of the new location differs from the current D’s by only about 70 sq.-ft. The seating capacity will be identical. All employees have also been given the opportunity to continue working for the business at the new location.
One of the most identifying factors of D’s is the dollar bills across the walls. Rentz said they will be taken down and donated to Camp Kemo. He estimates the amount to be around $3,000. “Well, some of those we are going to use as decoration in the [new] restaurant, but each one of those will be matched to Camp Kemo by us,” he said.
D’s last day open will be May 15, and the new restaurant will hold a grand reopening June 1. Rentz said the two week closure will allow managers and employees to rest up, then undergo training for the new location.
The closure at the current D’s is bittersweet, according to Rentz, but he said they are excited to start anew. “We serve the River District, and this whole area is one big community. We’re excited we’re going to be able to stay here and continue serving these wonderful people we’ve served for 30 years,” he said.
Additional updates will be posted on the restaurant’s Facebook page.