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Shoney's, 3147 Forest Drive: Late 1980s   7 comments

Posted at 12:23 am in closing

Back in the 1970s, Shoney's was a big deal, and we ate there quite often. At the time, they were afilliated with the Big Boy chain, and they always had "Big Boy" comic books as free premiums for the kids. I can't recall any of his specific plotlines at this remove, but he (Big Boy) and his girlfriend Dolly, always had some sort of food related adventure in the front of the comic leaving the back for puzzles and mazes.

We ate most often at the Two Notch location (now vacant) but I think we did come to this one from time to time.

After dropping the Big Boy tie, Shoney's coasted pretty well for a while, then started getting into trouble and closing a lot of stores. At one point they tried to diversify by getting into hotels (Shoney's Inn) something for which apparently they didn't have the necessary skill set, and that hurt them some more.

I believe this one closed well before the Two Notch one, and has been a Lizard's Thicket for quite a number of years now.

UPDATE: Closing date changed from "1970s" to "late 1980s" based on commenter Weston's info.

UPDATE 10 September 2020: Update tags, add map icon.

Written by ted on December 10th, 2010

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7 Responses to 'Shoney's, 3147 Forest Drive: Late 1980s'

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  1. I remember going to this Shoney's a lot as a kid, which means it was definitely open well into the 80s. I would not be surprised at all to find it had been a Shoney's into the 90s, but at least until we moved to Irmo in the late 80s.


    10 Dec 10 at 1:18 am

  2. OK .. changed!


    10 Dec 10 at 2:38 am

  3. I remember going here alot as a teenager to buy their hot fudge sundae. They were sooo good!

    Lady L

    10 Dec 10 at 6:42 pm

  4. Although the phone book shows four locations, the one on Harbison was torn down a while back; an AT&T wireless store is there now.

    The one on Bush River is, I think, only open for breakfast and lunch. When I was there for lunch a couple or three months ago, I was kinda surprised to be given plastic flatware.

    The Airport Blvd. store still opens for the full range of mealtimes, as far as I know.

    I've never been to the Garner's Ferry location; it's on the other side of town from me.

    Their website seems robust, for what that's worth.


    14 Jan 11 at 8:34 pm

  5. I was the Kitchen Manager at this store from '88 to '93, so it was still there in the early '90s.I was also the K.M. at Harbison untill they closed in 2008.

    Marc Bradford

    2 Apr 12 at 9:03 am

  6. When did the Shoney's closed on Two Notch Road. I need the date and year if anyone remember. Thanks

    Loretta Singleton

    30 Dec 12 at 8:30 am

  7. Marc Bradford said it better than me, but I remember stopping in here a few times in 1992, so it was open for at least the early 90's.


    17 May 13 at 12:50 pm

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