Elmwood Ave Lizard’s Thicket Re-Opening

After more than five months being closed for extensive renovations,

Lizard’s Thicket Elmwood (818 Elmwood Ave.) will reopen on Saturday, Nov. 11 for regular business hours. 

 A 30-year staple in downtown Columbia was closed for a few months for renovations.

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 include:

Increased Parking

USB chargers


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 remained and at other Lizard’s Thicket while the restaurant was 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.”

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

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