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(Rick's) Mammy's Shanty, 3201 Two Notch Road: 1970s   4 comments

Posted at 12:20 am in Uncategorized

Two Miles North on U. S. 1
Columbia, S. C.
Famous for Smorgasbord, Chicken and Steaks

Here's another bygone Columbia restaurant I knew nothing about. Commenter Melton asked about it in Have Your Say, and commeter Dennis supplied this information:

Mr. Amerigo “Rick” Busa died Saturday, August 11, 2007. Born in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of the late Joseph and Susie Formosa Busa. He was a veteran of WW II and the Korean Conflict. Mr. Busa was a Shriner and member of the Richland Masonic Lodge and Gethsemane Lutheran Church in Columbia. He was the owner of the Zephyr Restaurant in Washington, D.C., the Belvedere Restaurant and Rick’s Mammy’s Shanty in Columbia. After his retirement, he provided consultant services for food and beverage corporations.

Dennis also supplied the site information where I was able to order the postcard which forms the top picture above. In fact, looking there and finding other links, I've been able to get a number of postcards which I'll feature from time-to-time.

I'm not sure when the postcard picture was taken as there are no cars visible, and no postmark on the card. The building already seems a bit weathered though. Melton says he recalls commercials for the place going back into the 1950s though. I can verify that it was still around in the 1970 phonebook, but since I don't really remember it I'm guessing it didn't make it through the 1970s. I'm almost sure that when we bought our 1980 Corolla Station Wagon (which I stil have..), that Dick Dyer Toyota was already at 3201 Two Notch as pictured above.

Written by ted on September 21st, 2009

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4 Responses to '(Rick's) Mammy's Shanty, 3201 Two Notch Road: 1970s'

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  1. I do remember this place well but I'm sorry to say we never ate there.

    I poked around the interent and found there was a really well known Mammy's Shanty in Atlanta. Sort of a tourist destination that carried through the whole Mammy's theme. Pappy's Lounge was at one end and the Pickaninny Coffee Shop was in a separate building on the other side. Visitors had their photos made in an old yellow jalopy that was has Mammy's Shanty painted large on the side.

    I looked hard but could not find any connection between the MS in Atlanta and Columbia. Maybe Rick Busa came up with the name independently and added "Rick's" to stay out of legal trouble? Maybe his place was the only franchise? I did find mention of another MS in Ft. Lauderdale that is still in business but changed its name to Catfish Dewey's.


    21 Sep 09 at 11:26 am

  2. There was a Mammy's in the Myrtle Beach area too up until at least the early 70s. The billboard ads featured an Aunt Jemima lookalike and they touted their pancakes. I'm sure I ate there as a kid but don't remember specifically.


    4 Feb 10 at 11:53 pm

  3. There is a "Mammy's" in MB, but it's not a "Shanty", it's Mammy's Kitchen.

    They are just north of the old Pavilion site on US-17.

    I've never been. They used to be open 24 hours, and I was sure I would end up there at 2AM eventually, but they drastically cut their hours in the late 80s, and I never got around to it.


    5 Feb 10 at 12:00 am

  4. Yes I remember this restaurant on Two Notch. Billboard nearby had huge Mammy character on it.

    RB Hall

    11 Sep 15 at 10:41 am

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