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Sloan's Charcoal Hamburgers, 8010 Sumter Highway (8010 Garners Ferry Road) "Three Miles East of the Veteran's Hospital": 1970   7 comments

Posted at 10:34 pm in restaurants

Big thanks to commenter Gary, who sent in these pictures of Sloan's Drive-In on the Sumter Highway, and says that it was located near Universal Drive. The pictures are from an old Lower Richland yearbook, and apparently the restaurant owner was a LR booster to judge from the signs.

I have to say that I absolutely no memory of ever seeing this place, and we used the Sumter Highway to go to the beach for most of the 1960s and early 70s (until I-20 made Screaming Eagle Road an attractive option). Gary puts the restaurant in the 1970s, but I'm a bit skeptical. The design aesthetic looks much earlier to me, 50s or 60s, and I can't find a yellow pages listing for the place in my 1970 restaurant pages (or any other of the '70s pages I have here at home). Anyone have any personal recollections of the place? The country could certainly use a good $0.19 hamburger!

UPDATE 23 October 2011 -- Ok, I have done a little checking at the library, and this is what I found out about Sloan's:

They first listed in the December 1967 Southern Bell phonebook, and last listed in the December 1969 directory. They ran the same Yellow Pages ad (reproduced below) in each year of their listing. Also, as mentioned in the comments, the 8010 Garners Ferry Road address where Sloan's sat has been subsumed as part of Grace Hill Plaza, which is officially 8006 Garners Ferry Road. Also, the official name was Sloan's Charcoal Hamburgers so I have changed the post title from Sloan's Hamburger Drive-In to that.

Written by ted on September 7th, 2011

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  1. Ted, there's a strip mall there now, but the place was a Chinese take out place for years, maybe decades, as I recall.

    The strip mall shows up on the bird's eye view of bing maps if you put in Universal Drive Columbia SC, but the drive-in shows up in the other three rotated views, so the drive-in building was there until fairly recently.

    Anyone remember the Chicken Coop right before you get to Patterson's curve?

    tonkatoy

    8 Sep 11 at 6:44 am

  2. based on what tonkatoy says and where Universal Drive intersects with Garners Ferry Road, the Chinese takeouot place that tonkatoy is referencing is located at 8006 Garners Ferry Road, which is just beyond Universal Drive. Universal Drive is the next Street past where Pineview Drive becomes Hallbrook Drive. Hallbrook Drive is the intersection where the Bi-Lo anchored Garners Ferry Commons is at 7830 Garners Ferry Road.

    There is now a gas station of some sort at the NE corner of the intersection (8000 Garners Ferry Road) that is next to the 'strip mall' tonkatoy is referencing. This is the other side of the Hardees (7942 Garners Ferry Road) and Lizards thicket (7938 Garners Ferry Road) that are also open at this intersection.

    Be it concluded, therefore, that this place was located in what is now the 8000 block of Garners Ferry Road between Universal Drive and where Old Garners Ferry Road splits off in a fork in the road.

    It is approximately 3 miles driving distance down Garners
    Ferry Road from this place to Lower Richland High School.

    Andrew

    8 Sep 11 at 10:06 am

  3. tonkatoy

    8 Sep 11 at 11:37 am

  4. tonkatoy I have a small ad from LRHS 1969 yearbook fo the Chicken Coop. Ill send it to Ted. Maybe he will post it

    gary

    8 Sep 11 at 2:10 pm

  5. Cool. I bet there are a lot of cool old ads in there. Got one from Epton's Store?

    tonkatoy

    9 Sep 11 at 6:37 am

  6. I remember Sloan's Debra Brooks worked there for a while!

    Terri Turbeville von Besser

    17 Sep 11 at 7:14 am

  7. The one that said " the new Sloan's " came from the 1968 yearbook. The other from 1969.

    gary

    17 Sep 11 at 5:58 pm

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