Car enthusiasts saving The Suds

June 24, 2008
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The SudsA group of car collectors has bought an iconic Greenwood drive-in called The Suds and plans to reopen the landmark on Saturdays starting July 5. The Suds Hot Rod Club, a dedicated group that continued to cruise the restaurant after it closed in 2005, agreed to pay $175,000 for the property at 350 Market Plaza southwest of Madison Avenue and Main Street. Individual members of the club are buying shares in the restaurant. The drive-in opened as Dog 'N Suds in 1957 and became simply The Suds in 1973. It has closed and reopened at least three times over the years, the car group says on its website. Leading Edge Commercial Real Estate of Greenwood brokered the deal.
  • Cool.

    Whatever happened to Bill's Fabulous 50's? I think it was on Rockville Road? It's out fo business, but is the building still there?
  • They tore it down about 10-12 years ago I believe and built the Speedway gas station on the site.
  • My husband and I use to go to The Suds when we dated. We now live close to this and I can't wait. We will be there the night it opens. Hopefully it will become a popular place in Greenwood. Especially with all the new future plans for old downtown Greenwood.
  • That's kinda cool. It's not often the words Greenwood and iconic appear in the same sentence.
  • Northwood, Tee Pee, Knobby's, the Point, Al Green's etc. So many, so far gone. It is a fine thing that The Suds will be open again and we can cruise on Saturday nights.

    PS: Congratulations Cory for all the great awards you received this last weekend for editorial excellence. Someone told me you were wearing out the carpet by making so many trips to the podium.
  • Wait a minute. Isn't this the forum where we criticize car-centric development? :-)
  • I want to know about Cory's awards. What all did he get?
  • Mike, I had a great weekend. The national trade group for business journals, the Alliance of Area Business Publications, named Property Lines the best staff-produced blog. They also gave me the gold for best body of work by an individual reporter. A very cool honor.
  • Congrats!!! Keep up the great work.
  • WTG, Cory. Since we have you here every day, I guess maybe we don't know just how good we've got it. You really led with the Premier Properties implosion story in spite of all the haters; maybe your reporting prevented some people from getting sucked into that mess. Congrats!
  • I love Mug-n-Bun myself, but will be eager to cruise Suds when it reopens.

    Congratulations, Cory, and thank you for this forum - I've learned a lot here.
  • I am associated with the club that is working very hard to re-open the Suds. I have fond memories of going there each day after school and on dates. If anyone would like to volunteer this Saturday to help us, meet me at the Suds and we'll even share some stories with you!
  • Sandy:

    Is anyone thinking of reopening the restaurant? If not, maybe I can help... I make a mean tenderloin and great homemade onion rings!
  • Yes, that is why the club bought it. It will reopen for business on July 12.
  • Keith:

    Thanks and that's great. The story and their website weren't clear on that point.

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