Lizard’s Thicket Raises $3,600 for Local Charities in Honor of 40th Anniversary

40th anniversary mug sales raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia, Sharing God's Love and Palmetto Place Children's Shelter.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (October 26, 2017) – Lizard’s Thicket has raised $3,600 through sales of its limited edition 40th anniversary coffee mugs. Local non-profits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Columbia,Sharing God's Love and Palmetto Place Children's Shelter will each receive donations of $1,200 from the restaurant.

The limited-edition mugs were sold for $5 each, beginning Weds., Sept. 27, in honor of the family-owned and operated business’s 40th anniversary and in celebration of Lizard's Thicket’s brand new Columbian coffee blend, which is also locally roasted in the Carolinas. Lizard’s Thicket selected these non-profits because they work to strengthen families and support children in the Midlands.

Lizard’s Thicket has several other events planned for its 40th anniversary, including:

  • Lizard's Thicket is also hosting 40 different school percent nights this fall in honor of the 40th anniversary. Schools have signed up to participate, and on their night at the restaurant each school will receive a portion of the proceeds of sales from that evening.
  • The Williams family, who owns and operates Lizard’s Thicket, is offering a scholarship to a University of South Carolina College of Hotel, Retail and Sport Management student. Stay tuned as Lizard’s Thicket announces more details about this scholarship.
  • This fall, the newly renovated Elmwood Lizard's Thicket (818 Elmwood Avenue) will re-open with greater parking, a fresh interior and exterior and a state-of-the-art kitchen.

History of Lizard’s Thicket

Bob and Anna Williams opened their first restaurant on Broad River Road in 1977 with a desire to serve simple, comforting dishes at reasonable prices. Forty years later, Lizard’s Thicket is still owned and operated by the Williams family. Third generation Williams family members also work at Lizard’s Thicket. Today, in its 15 restaurants, Lizard’s Thicket is proud to have more than 700 employees and serve more than 12,000 diners at breakfast, lunch and supper each day. The restaurant is known for its affordable, fast country cooking and great service.

“We’re proud to be a Columbia and South Carolina institution for serving great, fresh meals to families at a great price,” said Bobby Williams, Chairman of Lizard’s Thicket. “It’s exciting to be celebrating this milestone in Lizard’s Thicket history. We’re thankful to our customers, as always, for their business and our dedicated employees. Good people and good food are the heart of our business and we’re looking forward to celebrating 40 years of business and many more to come.”

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Lizard’s Thicket, a family-owned and operated country cooking restaurant specializing in authentic regional Southern home cooking at reasonable prices, was first opened by Bob and Anna Williams in Columbia, S.C. in 1977. The business has grown to a multi-unit operation with 700 employees including Bob and Anna’s children and grandchildren.