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South 21 Drive-In

3101 Independence Boulevard

Charlotte, Mecklenburg 

c. 1955


            This is a flat roof restaurant building with ribbon windows and enameled panels. A large, flat canopy extends on both sides and across the front of the building to shelter curbside service areas for cars.  Individual menus, speakers, and trays are located at each space.  The original sign is located near the street. There are also several billboard type signs along the rear fence line of the property. The canopy and sign are trimmed with flashing lights and neon. Although a second South 21 restaurant survives on Independence Blvd., this example was surveyed because it was the first of the local chain and maintains a good level of integrity.