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Biddie Banquet, 20 Forest Lake Shopping Center: 1960s   4 comments

Posted at 12:10 am in Uncategorized

OK, anyone remember this one? The ad is from the Southern Bell Columbia phonebook for 1963. Given the lead time for a yellow-pages ad, I was probably one when this was prepared, and two when it ran. The address seems to match up with the current Sakura Japanese Restaurant in the remains of the old Forest Lake Shopping Center, behind Coplon's and at the other end of the corridor from the original Forest Lake TV location.

Sakura is the only restaurant that I can ever really recall being there, but I learned from some comments here that at one time the location was Moolah's, run by (or licensed by?) a famous female wrestler. Did Biddie Banquet come before or after Moolah's? My mother used to shop at Colonial Grocery (now Coplon's) all the time so they both must have been gone by the late 60s or I would have noticed them.

I have to say that apart from my whole "I don't like chicken" thing, the bottom line

Shrimp -- Fish -- Chili

sounds particularly unappetizing, and what's the deal with the quotes on "The" Original"?

I do think the chicken art is very nice!

UPDATE 10 Feb 2011 -- Here's the Biddie Banquet location, now occupied by Sakura:

Written by ted on March 20th, 2009

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  1. Wow - I thought my childhood memories were intact but I don't remember this place at all. Where'd you find an old old Columbia phonebook? I would LOVE to see one.


    20 Mar 09 at 7:08 am

  2. Third floor RCPL, local history room -- they've got lots.


    20 Mar 09 at 10:31 am

  3. There is till a Biddie Banquet in operation in Orangeburg. Very good chicken, burgers, etc.

    Paul H.

    10 Jun 10 at 12:01 pm

  4. Moohla's Hideaway was run by Lillian Ellison aka The Fabulous Moolah, who was the world's woman wrestling champion for almost three decades. She grew up in Blythwood and had a girl's wrestling school here in Columbia. Her memoirs are a hoot to read. In it she talks about how Andre the Giant would come to Columbia each year to attend a Christmas party in her restaurant.


    26 Jun 17 at 9:50 am

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