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What was Peacock Alley?

Ken Little

Peacock Alley was a drive-in restaurant at the southwest corner of Queen and South 17th streets in Wilmington, said Beverly Tetterton, senior local history librarian at the New Hanover County Public Library.

“It’s a tiny little building that is still there,” she said. A longtime resident of Wilmington told Tetterton her parents used to go there for a beer.

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4 Responses to “ What was Peacock Alley?”

  1. On August 11, 2010 at 6:09 pm Dale Lieb wrote:

    I remember going to the Peacock in the early 80’s for a couple of cold beers after work at F & W Auto Parts. There were just a couple of benches outside to relax on. Quite a blast back then. I believe the proprietors name was Charlie. Much fun.

  2. On August 12, 2010 at 8:00 am Billie wrote:

    Had as good a hotdog as you would ever want to find. My aunt worked there back in the fifties and we loved to visit her and have those wonderful hotdogs….ah, memories….

  3. On August 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm Tom wrote:

    Peacock Alley was run by Charlie Grainger and his wife. They lived in the house beside the drive-in on Queen St. Charlie was a retired vaudeville piano player who at one time had a bad drinking problem. He quit drinking and used the money he would spend on alcohol to build a magnificent stereo system that he played from his house in the 50s. He had separate Macintosh amplifiers for each range of music. The speakers faced the drive in parking lot. The music sounded magnificent in the 50s.

  4. On October 19, 2010 at 3:03 pm Jack Batson wrote:

    On the roof of the tiny building was a movie projector. In the far corner of the parking lot was a small screen. Short movies and cartoons was projected on the screen. No sound. On a really dark night, you could see faint images on the screen. You could stand outside or sit on a bench eating hotdogs trying to figure out what was on the screen.

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