Before Big Daddy’s Burgers …

I’ve been to Big Daddy’s Burgers in Piedmont a couple of times and liked it, I need to go again sometime. However, I have a memory of another diner, an even smaller one, just next door to Big Daddy’s, (to the left at the end of the building). When I was kid, likely in the mid-to-late 1980s, my Grandma took me there when we were visiting my Great Grandma at Viewcrest nursing home. I may have only been there once, maybe twice, but it made an impression, mostly due to it’s size, it was the very definition of a hole-in-the-wall diner. There was a lunch counter that ran most of the length of it, the cook made the food right behind it, I don’t think there were even any tables, just the counter since it was so small.

Does anyone remember this place, the name, and I know this is stretching it, but perhaps pictures? It’s just one of those childhood memories that has stuck with me, and I’d love a little history? Thanks in advance!



about 11 years ago

A 1985 city directory lists a "Doug's Diner" at that location. It's gone by the time the 1988 directory was printed.


about 11 years ago

Thank you for the info! The time fits up nicely, my great grandma passed away in 1989, so I would have been there sometime before that, around 1985-87. I ate at Big Daddy's yesterday and took a peek, it was smaller than I remember, (probably because I was smaller), but I do remember the stairway. The counter and cook would have been right on the other side of it with just a lunch counter on the side with the door. Small.

Kathleen Wolleat

about 11 years ago

My mother worked at the Piedmont Coffee Shop in the 1960s. It was owned by Bob Husby and next door was the Piedmont Dress Shop. I have very fond memories of her behind the counter flipping burgers and pouring coffee for her regular customers. Every so often she would make me a malt and cheeseburger, which was a real treat back in the day. There was a pop machine in the hallway that would dispense glass bottles of pop. How I wish I had photos of this time in my childhood life!

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