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(Eat) Boogie's Grill, 509 Childs Street / 2124 Gervais Street / 1717 Zion Avenue: 1982   5 comments

Posted at 3:07 am in historic,landmark,restaurants

Eat Boogie's Grill

That was the memorable exhortation that adorned the west wall of this vanished Gervais Street "soul food" restaurant when I was in middle and high school.

In fact, the place was so well known from that slogan, that I thought I would be able to find out more about it than I did. Here is the meager information I was able to come up with from old phonebooks:

Boogie's Grill apparently started in 1966, first showing up in the January 1967 Southern Bell phonebook at 509 Childs Street, a place I had never heard of, but which is in a neighboorhood west of Bluff Road.

Sometime in 1972 they moved to the iconic 2124 Gervais Street location, listing there in the December 1972 phonebook.

By 1977, they were back in the same Bluff Road area, listing at 1717 Zion Avenue in the January 1978 book.

As far as I can tell, they never bought a yellow pages ad, and in fact, dropped out of the yellow pages entirely after leaving Gervais Street.

2124 is on the block of Gervais betwen Harden and Pine Streets. There is currently no building at that address -- I think it must have been at one of the curb cuts between Holman's Barber Shop and the next building up (which looks as though I should probably do a closing on it). This surprised me a little bit, as I had been sure, before looking it up, that it was further down Gervais towards Millwood.

Surely someone out there has a picture of Boogie's and the west wall sign?

And to drift the subject a bit, how about that mural of the USS Enterprise blasting phasers down at a planet that adorned the west wall of a nearby building on the other side of Gervais Street?

Written by ted on January 9th, 2012

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  1. Ted, the Enterprise was on the wall of a little convenience store where that eyesore of a church is on the corner of Gervais and Millwood. I also remember the Schiltz Malt Liquor bull being in the mural as well.
    The Suds laundy up Millwood had a great mural in that graffiti style as well, but sadly they painted over it recently.
    Same with the barber shop on Read St.

    ChiefDanGeorge

    9 Jan 12 at 5:52 am

  2. I thought that building with the bars on the windows that looks boarded up was Boogie's?

    IIRC, a deputy sheriff was shot and killed in or in front of Boogie's in the late seventies. This event caused my uncle to forevermore answer grandma's phone, "Boogie's Bar and Grill. You Kill em, we grill 'em," or somesuch nonsense, much to grandma's chagrin.

    tonkatoy

    9 Jan 12 at 7:34 am

  3. That building is the one I remember as being Boogie's Grill.

    Mike

    9 Jan 12 at 9:48 pm

  4. Huh. Well, I can't say it isn't, but get no hits for "2124 Gervais" except this tax info which implies there's not a building there..

    ted

    9 Jan 12 at 10:05 pm

  5. The iconic neon sign that said "Eat Boogies grill Soul Food" was featured in an issue of National Lampoon in the late 1970s.

    Tom

    10 Jan 12 at 8:04 am

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