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Lizard's Thicket Elmwood Reopens Nov. 11

Nov 09, 2017 09:39AM ● By Emily Stevenson

Lizard’s Thicket, the 40-year-old, family-owned and operated restaurant specializing in traditional Southern fare with 15 locations in South Carolina, announced plans to reopen its completely renovated 818 Elmwood Ave. location after five months on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.

Renovations to update the exterior and interior of the restaurant include:

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.”

 For more information about Lizard’s Thicket, visit or to arrange interviews with Williams family members, contact Katie Alice Walker at [email protected]. Follow Lizard’s Thicket on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.