History-photos

homeinsertMammy’s Kitchen opened along the dirt road known as Kings Hwy on Mother’s Day weekend in 1953, just before Hurricane Hazel hit.

The original owner, Johnny Burris of Peaches Corner Fame, built the restaurant but encountered some health issues shortly thereafter and sold it to Chris Drosas and Chris Moshures.

The restaurant was originally opened as a drive in with curbside service, although there were 12 bar stools inside. Open 24 hours a day, the restaurant quickly became a popular Myrtle Beach gathering spot. Late at night, the staff would gather out back to burn the day’s trash in the dirt lot. During those summer and winter evenings, local police officers would gather while the staff served hot coffee.

Hazel1Mammy’s survived Hurricane Hazel in October of 1954. Conflicting reports put Mammy’s with 4 feet of water in the restaurant, or completely dry, with the water level only covering the boulevard.

After 8 or 9 years, the Moshures family sold their portion to the Drosas family, and the Drosas’ continued to operate it for many years.

Through the years, the restaurant has changed hands only a few times with the present owners Mike and Missy Lambert purchasing it in 1997. The Lamberts have continued to improve, upgrade, and care for the restaurant ever since.

Mammy’s Restaurant still uses the original phone number, although the area code has changed from 803 to 843. You can still reach them at 448-7242.

The original logo and sign for Mammy’s Kitchen included a picture of Aunt Jemima.When the Pillsbury company discovered the use of her image, they threatened to file a lawsuit and Mammy’s was forced to change signs.The new sign also offered the opportunity for expansion.

scan0003When the new sign arrived, it became a Myrtle Beach symbol. The Roto-Sphere was originally a WWII underwater mine that was cut three ways, allowing it to rotate vertically and horizontally. Warren Miks produced only 234 Roto-Spheres from 1960-1971 and Myrtle Beach only saw two of them. Mammy’s Kitchen’s new Roto-Sphere was delivered in October of 1961 and was production number 36. There are now only 17 left in existence and the nostalgia aspect of this feature alone makes Mammy’s Kitchen unique.

Mammy’s lost it’s Roto-Sphere sometime during the late 70’s and added a steeped roof with a new Rotating M.

tornadoOn July 6, 2001 Mammy’s suffered more damage during a tornado that roared down Ocean
Boulevard. This photo was taken from the old Myrtle Square Mall and places the tornado almost
directly above Mammy’s Kitchen. The awning would have to be replaced.

Mammy’s Kitchen is now passing 60 years of continuous operation in the same location, still serving the same great food.

Some would say that it’s the longest running named restaurant in the Myrtle Beach area.
Throughout the years, parents have brought their kids, and those kids have later brought their own children. The building is steep with tradition. Couples have met at Mammy’s, married, and returned to tell their story to their kids. Every year visitors walk in with an exciting tale of Mammy’s Kitchen. If you have one, we’d love to hear about. It really does mean a lot to those
involved with the restaurant.

Here’s to 60 more years of…..Mammy’s Kitchen.