Al-Amir, 1734 Main Street: April 2019 (Moving)
The State has two relevant articles. The first mentions the challenges of running a restaurant at that location:
"At night, the lighting here is bad and there are homeless people, and people doing drugs (along Laurel St.)," he said.
It feels unsafe, but he hears that Columbia Police are putting a substation in the former United Way location at 1800 Main St.
"After 18 years (in the business overall, Al-Amir has been on Main St. since 2014) and pouring every penny we have into the place, we've had to maneuver to keep the restaurant," he said. "We have loyal customers ... there just isn't enough to sustain the business."
To draw a bigger lunch crowd, they added some Southern specialties, but I have to think given they can't season with pork, that would be a pretty limited endevour.
The second article continues the story, with its outcome: the move down the street.
I like Al-Amir, but for me the biggest issue with this location was parking. The old Taste Of China Hut does have its own parking lot, so hopefully that will be better. I also wish that it was easier to get what I want sometimes. The way the menu is set up makes it difficult to put together my favorites.
I'm not sure when the new location will be ready. It looked very much still in progress when I drove by a few weeks ago.
(Hat tip to commenter Mr_hat)