Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Cotswold location 1985

1981 ad

1981 ad

1986 ad

"Manager of the Week" ads 1987

Charlotte has spent more than 2 decades without 7-Eleven. In the late-80's, the Southland Corporation sold off all Charlotte locations due to financial issues in the company. This spring, 7-Eleven returned to  Charlotte and replaced all On The Runs and Sam's Marts. Though not a restaurant per se, 7-Eleven was always a great place for snacks and treats (their Slurpees were part of everyone's youth). Enjoy this look back to the 1980's when 7-Eleven was a mainstay in the area. Welcome back! Oh, thank heaven indeed!

Monday, June 25, 2012


An interesting photo essay of various Charlotte eateries from 1983. Only one currently exists today. Back in the early '80's, though, these were all popular restaurants. Do you remember any of these?

Park Lanes

One of the newest hot spots in town is the recently renovated Park Lanes on Montford Dr. Featuring an indoor lounge and two patios and an entirely overhauled building, the renamed "Ten at Park Lanes" is once again hopping. Originally built in 1959, Park Lanes was immediately known for its drive-in style cuisine -- toting some of the best burgers, hot dogs, and onion rings in the city. The cuisine appears to be a focal point again -- this time on a more upscale note. What better way to celebrate the return of this landmark bowling alley as a food destination than a series of great photo ads from the 1960's!