There were B&K Root Beer drive-ins on Jackson Street and on Scatterfield Road (then simply the bypass). We stopped at the latter some but didn’t have occasion to frequent the former. Olsen’s B&K (on the bypass) became Gene’s Root Beer, one of the last of the car-hop drive-ins left in these parts. We still make a stop or two there during the summer season.
The North Anderson Dairy Queen, a walk-up, operated for many years before calling it quits. I used to take my Sunday school junior girls volleyball team there at the end of every season for treats. There was another at Pendleton Avenue (now Martin Luther King Boulevard) and Madison Avenue. The 12-month Dairy Queen Braziers have replaced them, although the one on 53rd Street ran into financial problems and has closed.
And we mustn’t forget Johnny’s in Park Place. That location, which served up soft-serve at walk-up windows in the summer, has been supplanted by the Nile Restaurant.
Jim Bailey’s reflections on Anderson’s past appear on Sunday. His regular column appears on Thursday. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.