Lizard’s Thicket reopening Elmwood location, Saturday, after extensive renovations

Lizard’s Thicket  plans to reopen its completely renovated 818 Elmwood Ave. location, Saturday, after five months of it being closed. Lizard’s Thicket is a 40-year-old, collection of family-owned and operated restaurants specializing in traditional Southern food.  There are  15 locations in South Carolina.

Renovations to the Elmwood Avenue store included and an updated the exterior and interior and:

o   Increased parking

o   Upgraded wi-fi capability

o   Totally remodeled dining room with new booths

o    Increased access to drive-thru

o   HardiPlank siding

o   State-of-the-art kitchen equipment

The Williams family, which owns and operates all Lizard’s Thicket restaurants, opened the Elmwood location in 1986 as their seventh restaurant and the first Lizard’s Thicket with a drive–thru. Elmwood is known as a frequent stop for visiting politicians and dignitaries, including Bill Clinton, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum. Bloomberg News, Fox News, the David Webb Show and Candy Carson have also stopped at the Elmwood Lizard’s Thicket.

“We have so many long-time customers that love the Lizard’s Thicket Elmwood location, and we wanted to update the restaurant as a thank you to them, especially as we celebrate our 40th anniversary this fall,” said Bobby Williams, Chairman of Lizard’s Thicket. “The renovations will reflect an updated look and feel that our newer locations have, but customers will instantly feel at home and of course, we’ll still serve the delicious traditional Southern cooking our customers know and love.”

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Lizard’s Thicket, a family-owned and operated country cooking restaurant specializing in authentic regional Southern home cooking at reasonable prices, was first opened by Bob and Anna Williams in Columbia, S.C. in 1977. The business has grown to a multi-unit operation with 800 employees including Bob and Anna’s children and grandchildren.