Longtime Shelby County restaurant to expand into second location

Published 12:01 pm Tuesday, May 3, 2022

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By EMILY SPARACINO | Staff Writer 

NORTH SHELBY – A longtime restaurant and local landmark on U.S. 280 is expanding its operations with an additional location in a nearby community.

Lloyd’s Restaurant owner Bogue Stevens is preparing to open a second location of his family’s restaurant in Sylacauga this fall.

“My dad and I had talked about it for quite some time and never did it,” Stevens said of the decision to open a second restaurant. “Then, this opportunity presented itself. It was a pre-existing business that was easily remodeled to fit what we do. We have a lot of clientele from Sylacauga, so it was good.”

Stevens said he had been looking at the property in Sylacauga when he happened to find out during a dinner with some friends that their family owned the building and wanted to sell it.

“We were able to negotiate a price,” Stevens said. “They were just great to deal with. It was really a God thing.”

The projected opening date of the Sylacauga location, at 40810 U.S. 280 across from the Honda dealership, is Oct. 1, according to Stevens.

The roots of Lloyd’s Restaurant run deep in Shelby County.

A man named Lloyd Chesser opened the original Lloyd’s in Chelsea in 1937.

Now located at 5301 U.S. 280 in north Shelby County, Lloyd’s is in its 85th year of business.

“Not many restaurants can say that,” Stevens said.

Lloyd’s has long been known for its hamburger steak with gravy and onions, but over the years, patrons have also gravitated toward the restaurant’s other offerings, such as fried chicken and barbecue.

Stevens said operations at the current restaurant will remain the same, and the new restaurant in Sylacauga will feature the same menu and services as the current restaurant, along with a drive-thru window that was already in place.

“We’re super excited about being in the Sylacauga community,” Stevens said. “We just feel blessed to be a part of the community and blessed to try to grow the business a little bit. It will be the same good food with the same fair price and good service.”