Late-'60's coffee shop menu (courtesy of Steve Balsley--thanks!!!)
Entrance to Ivey's Tulip Terrace
Entrance to Ivey's from N Tryon St
Belk's had two cafeterias and a lunch counter, Tanner's had hot dogs and peanuts, but for a true lunch experience, the Ivey's Tulip Terrace was the place to eat.
Tucked away on the fourth level of the Ivey's downtown store, the atmosphere of the Tulip Terrace was a little formal, the mood was slightly elegant, and the food was wonderful. The restaurant was a very bright and attractive room with large windows overlooking the churchyard next door and was only open for lunch. One of the most famous dishes was the deep-dish turkey pie with a homemade pastry crust. They also had the standard sandwiches and salads in addition to full-sized meals (like fried flounder and roast beef with a baked potato). The homemade strawberry pie and cinnamon ice cream were also favorites.
On the lower level of Ivey's was the Coffee Shop. A destination for a quick, affordable lunch bite, snack, or dessert. The Coffee Shop would run until 1973, when Arthur's would move across 5th Street into Ivey's and take over the space.
Ivey's closed in the late-'80's, closing a chapter on downtown shopping (and dining).