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Chappy's Authentic English Fish & Chips, 2911 Two Notch Road / 1306 Charleston Highway / 1936 Broad River Road / 7007 Parklane Road: 1990s   40 comments

Posted at 1:05 am in historic,restaurants

1306 Charleston Highway:

7007 Parklane Road:

Chappy's Fish & Chips was a constant media presence on the radio (and in The State as in the coupon from 10 November 1987 above), though I think the most common image I had of the whole "fish & chips" concept came from that English N'er-do-well Andy Capp.

The 2911 Two Notch location referred to in this ad is now the McDonald's at the intersection of Beltline and Two Notch, though I believe the original Chappy's building was demolished. I never ate at Chappy's because I don't like fish (or the smell of fish), and have never been to England, so I can comment neither on how good nor on how authentic the fish and chips were.

Though it's not mentioned in this ad, Chappy's was connected with a very similar (identical except for the name perhaps?) operation called Cedric's. At this remove, it seems like an odd strategy to dilute your concept into two brands, especially since as far as I can recall, the restaurants were a purely Columbia phenomenon. The Chappy's radio commercials used to end with an exhortation to Be sure and visit my friend Cedric too!. I think the stores had at least one English "double decker" bus that they used for promotions. Wonder what happened to that?

At any rate, I'm pretty sure the stores didn't make it through the 90s. I don't think "fish & chips" was ever going to be "big" (though the coupon suggests they were moving in a more Southern direction as well -- "hushpuppies"), perhaps it wasn't big enough to support that many stores, perhaps the owners wanted to retire -- whatever the reason I don't think you can get fish & chips at all in Columbia now. And "Andy Capp" has long since left The State as well.

UPDATE 18 November 2009: Added pix of the Charleston Highway location, made minor edits to the text and added the Charleston Highway and Broad River locations to the post title.

UPDATE 27 May 2010: Added newspaper ad from The State 19 Feb 1979

UPDATE 27 June 2010: Added pictures of the Parklane location.

Written by ted on March 21st, 2009

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  1. They used to have an authentic London double decker bus outfront my dad would take me to play on. Never ate there since I don't like fish either.

    ChiefDanGeorge

    21 Mar 09 at 6:12 am

  2. I remember when Chappy's moved. They sold McDonald's their old location and moved into the old McDonald's location next door. I do not believe they lasted more than a year or two after they moved from their old corner location.

    Thomas

    21 Mar 09 at 1:13 pm

  3. There was also an Arthur Treachers Fish and Chips at one time. I believe on the corner of Sunset and North Main. Now it's a title loan place.

    Prpl

    21 Mar 09 at 3:31 pm

  4. Looking for people who used to frequent the Carolina Skating Rink on Fort Jackson Blvd. next to the Starlite Drive-In.

    Sandy

    21 Mar 09 at 9:55 pm

  5. If you or someone you know used to frequent the now extinct...Carolina Skating Rink on Ft. Jackson Blvd, that was located next to the Star-lite drive-in movie...please contact me
    at veralynq@sc.rr.com. I am also looking for pictures that anyone may have taken during those times at the skating rink.

    Sandy

    21 Mar 09 at 10:05 pm

  6. They also had a sister chain called Cedric's Fish and Chips that was identical to Chappy's in eveyway except the name.

    Tom

    22 Mar 09 at 9:50 am

  7. I remember there being on on Knox Abbot, not sure if it was cedrics or chappys. The building is still there. It's now a title loan place next to the Arby's. I remember going to another location somewhere in Columbia also. Maybe Broad River?

    Mr. Bill

    23 Mar 09 at 9:13 am

  8. I remember there being one on Knox Abbot, not sure if it was cedrics or chappys. The building is still there. It's now a title loan place next to the Arby's. I remember going to another location somewhere in Columbia also. Maybe Broad River?

    Mr. Bill

    23 Mar 09 at 9:13 am

  9. sorry it posted twice. also meant to say one not on.

    Mr. Bill

    23 Mar 09 at 9:14 am

  10. For those of who like fish... I remember the one at Broad River rd. fondly. Sandy's Hot Dogs is there now. I think it was the advent of Capt. D's that eventually ran them out business. What kept me going back was their trademark condiments... malt vinegar & some kind of "special seasoning" (which seemed to be a variation of Mrs. Dash with sea-salt added) along with the usual tartar sauce, lemon, etc. To be truthful, the fish wasn't that good and the chips were medallion shaped tater-tots. However, after adding the vinegar & seasoning, it was (to me anyway) made very palatable.

    John R

    28 Mar 09 at 9:55 am

  11. I loved Chappy's! I have fond memories of going there with my mom at the Broad River location, where Sandy's is now. That was a great treat! Miss those simple times.

    R Harris

    5 Aug 09 at 8:34 pm

  12. Wasn't there one inside Dutch Square?

    Lou B

    1 Oct 09 at 9:31 pm

  13. The Quick cash on Charleston HWY is closed now. Looks like that may be a jinx spot.

    jamie

    12 Jul 10 at 6:46 am

  14. I also have memories from there. It had good food at good prices. I remember we went there on the way home from the hospital with the new baby, i remember getting"family specials" for like $10.00. It had very friendly people there too. (Charleston Hwy.) Like Zesto's "guys" they had "the girls" haha

    Judy

    30 Aug 10 at 1:56 am

  15. I remember frequenting the Chappys on Main Street down the hill from Coca-cola, and across from Earlewood Park, most of my childhood. There was a driveway that went to the back of all those stores, the hardware store, Chappys, the grocery store, that opened out to Two Notch Rd next to the railroad tracks.

    This was in the 1960's and 1970's. I would cut grass or rake leaves and go there for fish and chips. I lived in the North Marion Street neighborhood.

    Daniel Wheeler

    1 Jan 11 at 2:02 pm

  16. I remember the Chappys on Two Notch and the double decker bus, the bus was blown over due to a violent wind storm that came through that way in 1977 or so. I was working as a Manager at the Burger King next to Dutch Square at the time and drove past there every day from the east side of town. I then started a business in the old gas station across the street from Chappys in 1983 and remember when McDonalds bought the property. I got to know the people that worked at Chappys pretty good, they got their fish in big squares, about 1 foot by 6 inches and would cut the fish into strips. I was watching the Mgr. cut fish one time and saw what looked like worms, he said all fish that comes in has them, WHAT! Anyway they closed shortly after moving into the old McDonalds building. I Guess that was sometime around 86 or 87.

    Rick

    16 Jan 11 at 12:02 pm

  17. We had a Cedricks here in Wilmington, Nc. I loved that place but mostly because of the vinegar and seasoning. Anyone know what was in the seasoning? And perhaps the batter? I've longed for that taste and the vinegar is great but still missing something. Help!!!!!

    Fran

    23 Feb 11 at 6:58 pm

  18. Chappy's was great. We use to go there when I was a kid. That's where I fell in love with the pairing of malt vinegar and potatoes.
    It does eem like they all changed to Cedrick's Fish and Chips at some point.

    palmettopanic

    26 May 11 at 1:22 pm

  19. Chappy's was great. We use to go there when I was a kid. That's where I fell in love with the pairing of malt vinegar and potatoes.
    It does seem like they all changed to Cedrick's Fish and Chips at some point.

    palmettopanic

    26 May 11 at 1:22 pm

  20. I worked at the one in Lexington, Sc. I learned a lot there, like how to cut massive amounts of onions for our salad bar. how some people it raw oysters, right out of the fridge. YUK!
    I worked and saved for my first car, a 1964 Vw beetle.
    I really enjoyed working there, I really liked the lemon seasoning, and it was really good on the Chicken as well.
    I live in Missouri now.
    At the state fair in Columbia, do they still serve the French Fries with salt and malt vinegar? YUM!
    Blessings to all.
    And if anyone does know how to get the seasoning salt, please do share. : ))

    wendy

    29 May 11 at 12:50 pm

  21. Wendy,

    They do indeed still have French Fries with salt & malt vinegar at the fair (Fiske is my favorite). You can see them here, here, and here.

    ted

    29 May 11 at 1:36 pm

  22. I thought the Fiske fries were served w/ white vinegar instead of malt vinegar? It's been so long though I can't remember.

    Dave

    29 May 11 at 3:14 pm

  23. Rick mentioned back in Jan that he remembers the Two Notch Chappys pre-'83 having wormy fish. If you've ever been deep sea fishing and caught amberjack, the mature ones almost always have worms in the meat. You have to know what you are doing to clean them and avoid the worms. We do not, and not trusting the deck hands to care too much for the little they got paid to clean them for you, we always gave them away (but we sure kept those yummy snapper and grouper and sea bass). Maybe Chappys just used the whole amberjack, maybe that was the "special flavor" lol!

    JBL

    29 May 11 at 3:41 pm

  24. @Dave. Hmm, could be. It's never in the original bottles, so maybe I'm just assuming malt when it's white.

    ted

    29 May 11 at 5:47 pm

  25. In the early days(60's/70's) the fish at Chappys was excellent.It's now impossible to find decent 'fast-food' fish...

    wem

    22 Jul 11 at 10:45 am

  26. I echo Wem. I loved Chappys on Parklane.

    Miz T

    11 Aug 11 at 3:16 pm

  27. What was the fish batter ingrediants and seasonings sure do miss that taste

    md

    8 Sep 11 at 9:36 am

  28. mmmm chappys was soooo good.God I wish I could get a "barge" right now!

    JG

    6 Jan 12 at 4:42 pm

  29. ~~~
    For the record, Chappy's Fish & Chips had a location at E. Colfax and Grape Street in Denver, Colorado many many years ago. Looks and sounds like the very same outfit.

    Big Thompson

    13 Mar 12 at 8:33 pm

  30. Interesting. I would not have picked Denver of all places for other Chappy's locations..

    (Equally, I suspect Denverites would not have picked Columbia SC for other Chappy's locations..)

    ted

    14 Mar 12 at 1:18 am

  31. Ahh, the good ole days of Chappy's Fish and Chips. Actually I worked there all through high school during the 1970's. Mr. Ray Bass was the original owner. He purchased the double decker bus and opened Chappy's after eating fish and chips from a corner stand in London. They served it piping hot, wrapped in actual newspaper, Mr. Bass found a paper bag company to reproduce British newspaper print onto the bags for his establishment, since health law prohibited the use of newspaper here in the states.

    Add a splash of malt vinegar and a sprinkle of seasoner, and as Mr. Food says, " It's soooo good" ! I liked the fish because I don't like the taste of fish, or most sea food for that matter. It was frozen norwegian cod fish, sliced daily, dipped in batter, deep fried in peanut oil until a blondish golden brown color. Fresh out of the fry vat dressed in all its seasonings, left flavor dancing all over your mouth.

    There was a store in Martinez, GA, Wilmington, NC, as well as others, I just don't remember the other locations. Changes became apparent with the name change, as to the reason for that, I am not sure, things just seemed to go down hill from there. I frequent captain D's too, but sorry, they don't hold a candle to the original Chappy's.

    The menu sported other items unique in flavor such as their coleslaw, which was hand made fresh, from his garden, by an elderly gentleman, who delivered the plastic tubs, via his late model station wagon. My how things have changed, couldn't do that today without a refrigerated truck. The fish submarine was to die for, and oh yes, the hot dogs and camel rider sandwiches were delicious and cutting edge for the times. Few knew hot dogs to be anything other than, mustard, ketchup, chili and onions. The camel rider was an inquisitive item. Few knew what Pita bread was then. Once they discovered the variety of meats, cheese's, and crunchy veggies stuffed inside the curious pouch, instant hit! The chips were just that, thinly sliced potatoes which were great fresh out of the oil, however once they sat under the heat lamp and began to cool, they became dry and brittle, therefore we to switched to the round, flat tater tots, an injustice to the term fish and chips.

    Wow, I could go on and on. Thank you for the pieces you have written about the old place. Sure would like to get my hands on some of the seasoner, dream on.

    Oh no, Chappy's was anything but mundane.

    PS: I also used to skate at the old Carolina Skating Rink on Jackson Blvd. If I am not mistaken, I believe the owners or Managers were the Briggs Family. Can't forget Pop, the elderly gentleman who used to fix our flats and keep us rolling, so to speak.

    My daughters Fiance and family, own Julia's Stammtisch, German restaurant, which I think may sit on the old site where the rink was. I've tried to figure it out, still not sure.

    I spent some good years there growing up. That rink had the best wood floors that I ever skated on. I couldn't find a replacement so I gave up skating.

    Sadly, I don't think that I have any photographs. If you remember the Saturday night Sock Hops, after skating, you may remember Ronnie Blizzard, the lead singer of the frequent band that played for them. Maybe you could contact him if he,s still around. I lost contact with my skate and sock hop buds long ago.

    Good luck, I'd love to see what are able to gather up.

    MARY RAINEY

    2 Mar 13 at 5:27 am

  32. Thanks for the great comment Mary.

    I'm pretty sure that where "Julia's Stammtisch" is was a motel back in the days the skating rink was in operation..

    ted

    2 Mar 13 at 2:03 pm

  33. I lived right off Knox Abbott and if I wasn't going to Maurice Bessinger's Piggie Park I was going to Chappy's Fish & Chips. I loved the batter, the fish the shrimp and the coleslaw. All during high school while the place remained open I was a frequent flyer there as I could eat seafood 4 to 5 times a week no problem. Now living in Miami where I enjoy good seafood often. But Chappy's was a Cayce tresure!!

    Timothy Lee Cromer

    14 Jun 13 at 2:16 pm

  34. Please come back to Charleston,sc its been to long. I sure miss your fish ms malpass

    Edna

    12 Aug 13 at 9:32 pm

  35. Originally, Cedric’s was a franchise, part of a chain of more than 60 restaurants headquartered in Columbia, S.C.
    http://www.myreporter.com/?p=8340

    Tom

    26 Feb 14 at 12:27 am

  36. I really miss several of the restaurants that lined that area of Broad River Rd. during the heyday of Dutch Square. The mall was the place for cruising back then. And after a hard night of cruising, talking trash, comparing cars and imbibing upon a few adult beverages that everyone seemed to have stashed in their vehicles, it was like where to go to eat?

    Sure you had Burger King, Hardee's and Mickey D's but the places I always gravitated toward were Arby's, Chappy's and Taco Cid.

    These were the days when you could see them slicing the roast beef in the kitchen at Arby's. I'd always get a super and potato cakes (still my favorite).

    Taco Cid, man, I miss the sancho and the Big Red. One each of those with a couple of tacos and a bunch of quarters to load up the juke box and play the video games. Up until recently, Taco Bell had something similar until they did away with them to move to something more 'upscale'. Yeah, you know what the quotes mean.

    And like just about everyone has said about Chappy's, just give me the large order of fish and chips with the secret seasoning and some malt vinegar and it was heaven!

    When I worked night shift on Greystone Blvd. my favorite breakfast stop was Sambo's where the original Hooter's was located. They had the best breakfast for the money that you could get in town. Then the whole stereotyping/racial issues came up an that was the beginning of the end for them.

    Good memories!!

    Homer

    27 Feb 14 at 12:23 am

  37. I remember Chappy's off sunset blvd. Where sonics is located was where Chappy's use to be. This was when I was 5 yrs old. The whole family use to always go right after church service, and grub down. Even til this day my brother and I would still talk about them. They should come back..

    Thomas

    28 Feb 14 at 11:40 pm

  38. In Atlanta, the franchisee for Chappy's opened at least four of those locations, and they were converted after about two years into Cedric's Fish & Chips. Some of the Cedric's buildings are still standing. An Atlanta chain called Oga's moved into at least two of them.

    Chappy's / Cedric's seems to be the South Carolina equivalent of Georgia's Shrimp Boats from the same period. I know there was a Shrimp Boats in Greenville - was there ever one in Columbia?

    Anderson W.

    10 Mar 14 at 2:53 pm

  39. @Anderson W - I do not recall there ever being a Shrimp Boat in Columbia. All we had were Cedric's, Chappy's and a few Long John Silver's

    Homer

    11 Mar 14 at 1:03 am

  40. I did eat at the Chappy's on North Main and Sunset in 1996. I was working in Bamberg and was in Columbia for training. A group of us went to Chappy's for lunch. It wasn't the same as from my childhood, but still good.

    Joan B. in S. C.

    14 May 14 at 6:23 pm

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