This summer Big Daddy’s at Kure Beach is open under new management launching a new chapter in its history.
This post card shows Tommy “Big Daddy” Lancaster in front of the original restaurant on the corner of K Avenue and Fort Fisher Boulevard that opened in 1963. The family’s living quarters were upstairs.
His traveling billboard Cadillac with a real longhorn hood ornament must have turned heads wherever it went enticing diners to try his fare.
Tommy Lancaster was from Pikeville, North Carolina, where there is a Big Daddy’s Road named for him. He later opened another Big Daddy’s at Lake Norman near Charlotte, NC, which is still in operation, run by his grandson.