July 18,1956: Smokehouse Remodeled at Thruway


On this day in 1956, an announcement was made that the Smokehouse, on South Stratford Road, has been completely remodeled.  The building will become part of the Thruway Shopping Center by the end of August.

The new tenants of the building will be WTOB, City National Bank, Sammy’s Kitchen, General Electric retail office, Town Steak House, and Thruway Barber Shop. ┬áThere was one additional space available for rent.

The Thruway Theatre joined this group of businesses later.


This building exists today with new tenants and a new look after several renovations.

Black and white photo courtesy of Forsyth County Public Library Photograph Collection.

Current photo by Molly Grogan Rawls.


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  1. Lisa says:

    I am so glad I found your website! Yes I do remember town steakhouse very well! As a little girl it seemed like a very large restaurant with big booths and large ornate paintings. I remember the black and white tiled ladies room.

    When salad bars first became popular town steakhouse had one of the best. I seem to recall some strolling musicians that came to our table once, perhaps a vocalist accompanied by a violin. But maybe I dreamed that? So wish I could time travel.

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