The Cupboard was one of Charlotte's best and busiest of the home cooking restaurants. The Cupboard drew a huge crowd not only at breakfast, but during lunch and dinner as well. They were known for their fried chicken livers, fried chuckwagon steak, and (especially) the chicken pan pie. The Cupboard was most famous for their cream pies. Their coconut and chocolate cream pies were legendary.
The Cupboard was located in the 3000 block of South Boulevard in the Sedgefield neighborhood of Charlotte. It was owned by Martha and W.F. "Bill" Reid. They opened the Varsity Drive-In in 1960. In 1967 they closed the drive-in and opened The Cupboard in the same parking lot. When Bill passed away in 1990, he son Billy took over the restaurant. Little changed with the restaurant over the years. The menu stayed the same as did the interior--aqua-colored dining booths, 50's-styled light fixtures, dark paneling on the walls.
The Cupboard would close in mid-2005. McDonald's tried to buy the property for a new location, but the Reid's refused. Last year, a new Chick-Fil-A opened on the site.