A former site of popular Columiba restaurant chain Lizard’s Thicket will soon become a Mexican restaurant.
The 6,500-square-foot restaurant building at 402 Beltline Boulevard has been sold to Cason Development Group LLC. Crawford Prezioso of Colliers South Carolina represented RMJJ in the sale of the building.
The building will be modified to accommodate Moctezuma’s Mexican Restaurant, according to a news release.
The long-standing Lizard’s Thicket location closed during the height of the COVID-19 and owners of the chain decided to close it permanently because of ongoing staffing issues.
Lizard’s Thicket has been a fixture in the greater Columbia area since original owners Bob and Anna Williams opened the first restaurant on Broad River Road in 1977. Since then, the country-cooking chain has expanded to 12 locations in Richland and Lexington counties and one in Florence.
“We are happy to represent the Williams family of RMJJ on the disposition of this Lizard’s Thicket location,” Prezioso said in the release. “The property is in a great location, enabling us to achieve a high value for the property. It will continue to serve the local community as a family restaurant.”