A friend of mine on Facebook, Bill B., almost gave me a heart attack the other day, when he posted this on my timeline:
“Wow, South of the Border is being demolished. Lots of memories there. Hopefully they will build something else to replace it. It’s been at the border of NC and SC for 70 years!”
Those who know me well understand that I’ve loved South Of The Border (SOB) for years. Here’s my review of the place from when we visited in 2018. It’s cheesy. It’s campy. It’s as kitschy as hell. For me, it’s ALLLL flavors of awesomesauce (and if you don’t like SOB, that’s fine. That’s why our blog is called Your Mileage May Vary ;-)).
So anyway, when Bill posted that to my feed, my heart went into my throat for a second – what if SOB has closed and I never got to go again? It’d be worse than when the Mai Kai (the classic, old school, 60-something-year-old Polynesian dinner theater in Ft. Lauderdale) had catastrophic damage from a burst pipe and closed for over a year (happily, they ARE going to reopen!).
I’ve been a member of a South Of The Border Facebook group for years. I admittedly don’t visit the group very often – just a coupla of times per year. But it’s run and maintained by SOB management, and it’s always there for reference and updates. So I quickly went over there to see what’s going on.
Well, the first thing they have pinned to the top of the group is this announcement from Sept. 9th, which was posted by one of the group Administrators, who also happens to be the IT Manager at SOB:
Please Read This First Before Scrolling Down Any Further!!!
South of the Border IS NOT CLOSING DOWN!!!
Current changes are as follows…the T-shirt Shop, Rooms 733-764(half of the rooms nearest I-95,) and the Ice Cream Fiesta have been torn down. The Giant Gorilla that was beside the Tshirt Shop which served many years for everyone to take photos with is now taking a well deserved siesta. He will be returning and that will be announced at a later date.
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