Graham Soda Shop & Grill

A few months ago, I published a feature on the Town of Graham and included a small write up about the Graham Soda Shop and Grill.  The Graham Soda Shop has been a staple of the town since 1937.  On a recent trip with my family to the Children's Museum of Alamance County, we decided to have lunch at the Soda Shop.

The Graham Soda Shop has had a long history.  Opened by Foust Thompson in 1937, the Soda Shop was the popular meeting spot for residents for decades until a fire destroyed the building in 1977.  Thirty years later, Chuck Talley re-opened the soda shop and still operates it today.

Fully restored to give an authentic feel, the Graham Soda Shop & Grill is a great place for a bite to eat.  Friendly service and good, reasonably priced food await, and of course there's ice cream for desert.

We visited the Soda Shop a little after one o'clock on a Saturday Afternoon and were surprised to see a decent amount of people there.  The walls are filled with photographs of local sports legends from nearby high schools and colleges along with former fire, police and other municipal services.  The sense of community pride and a local gathering place is immediately felt when you walk in.

One of the more pleasant surprises at the Soda Shop was the live music and entertainment that they offer.  During our visit, a local musician was playing keyboard singing a wide variety of songs.  He was extremely friendly and interacted with the diners. 

The Graham Soda Shop and Grill is a link to the community's past with its present and future.  It is located in the heart of Downtown Graham within the Alamance County Court Square.  It sits just one mile north of Interstate 40 from Exit 147 (NC 87).


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