History

Over 35 years ago, Anna and Bob Williams opened the first Lizard’s Thicket in Columbia, S.C. And while we’ve grown to multiple locations in the Midlands of South Carolina and in Florence, S.C., some things never change. Lizard’s Thicket is still owned and operated by Bob and Anna’s children and grandchildren, and we still pride ourselves on offering authentic regional Southern home cooking that families have enjoyed for generations.

Today Lizard’s Thicket is proud to have over 700 employees and 15 locations to serve you. At Lizard’s Thicket, we know that families are busier than ever, but our family is still committed to bringing your family home-cooked meals at a great value.

Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or supper, seven days a week, like our family has said since 1977,”y’all come!”

Take a look at our past 35 years!

1977

Bob and Anna Williams opened the very first Lizard’s Thicket in 1977 in a home on Broad River Road in Columbia, S.C. This location meant “home cooking” in every sense of the phrase! Just like today, all of our Lizard’s Thicket meals were based on Anna’s own recipes.

Lizard’s Thicket just wouldn’t be the same without our chalkboard menu. Take a look at the original, handwritten chalkboard below. We’re proud to still offer many of the delicious dishes we did 35 years ago.

1977 – Early 90s

Now our employees wear collared shirts with our Lizard’s Thicket logo, but we love looking back at our original waitress uniforms.

1980s

The iconic Lizard’s Thicket sign on Two Notch Road.

1998

Our Irmo restaurant is a great example of what today’s Lizard’s Thickets look like – warm and inviting with porches and plenty of room inside!

2012

In 2012 our 15th restaurant, and the first Lizard’s Thicket outside of the Columbia area, opened in Florence, S.C.

2013

Lizard’s Thicket turns 35! We celebrated by highlighting our employees and customers and by raising funds for many of the great non-profits in our community.