Elmwood Ave Lizard’s Thicket closing for renovations

A 30-year staple in downtown Columbia will be closing for a few months for renovations.

Lizard’s Thicket on Elmwood Avenue has announced a major renovation that will begin on June 5.

The location, which was the first Lizard’s Thicket to have a drive-thru, opened in 1986 and was the seventh restaurant opened by the Williams family.

Renovations to the interior and exterior will include:

  • Increased Parking
  • USB chargers
  • WI-FI
  • Remodeled dining room with new booths
  • Easy access to the drive-thru
  • New Siding
  • State-of-the-art kitchen equipment

All 37 of Lizard’s Thicket employees will remain and the company has given each employee the opportunity to work at any other Lizard’s Thicket while the restaurant is closed for renovations.

The Elmwood restaurant 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 want to update the restaurant as a thank you to them,” Lizard’s Thicket chairman Bobby Williams said. “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.”

While the Elmwood Lizard’s Thicket is closed, you can skip on over to:

402 Beltline Blvd.

  501 Knox Abbot Drive.

All other locations and their addresses are listed at www.LizardsThicket.com.

The grand re-opening of the Elmwood location is scheduled in the fall.

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