Pizza restaurants have come and gone. I still remember those Little Naples Pizza wagons tooling around Anderson, specializing in home delivery when home delivery wasn’t cool. And there was Pasquale’s Pizza on Meridian Street not far from the old Eavey’s (later Mathews) grocery.
When the old Greyhound bus terminal at 9th and Central closed in the 1960s, in went The Sizzler. I don’t know how long it lasted. Later a steakhouse with essentially the same name opened west of Mounds Mall. It subsequently became Texas Roadhouse.
Before Dairy Queens became year-round eat-in establishments, Anderson had two walk-up Dairy Queens. I often got ice cream at the one at Broadway and Vinyard, and there was also one at Pendleton and Madison avenues. Johnny’s in Park Place was a walk-up before it also built an inside restaurant, now occupied by The Nile, and Frazier’s Dairy Maid served it up on Main Street just south of the railroad viaduct. Frazier’s is still there and still a seasonal walk-up.
Generations of Anderson High School students (the original) grabbed lunch at the Big Top where 11th Street becomes Nichol Avenue, also known as the Hot Dog Circus.
Jim Bailey’s reflections on Anderson’s past appear on Sunday. His regular column appears on Wednesday. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.