The Kewley family has owned and operated the iconic Mugs Up Drive-In since 1955. Patriarch Ray Kewley ran the restaurant for decades. Ray’s grandson Brandon Kewley now manages the location. The spot is popular with Columbia locals for its homemade Root Beer. The traditional root beer is served in a frosted mug just like the old days. Mugs Up also serves a seasoned loose meat sandwich known as the Zip Burger. The classic Zip is served on a hamburger bun with pickles, onions, and mustard; cheese sauce is optional. Another local favorite is the chili dog topped with cheese and diced onions. Here’s a recent picture I took of the drive-in at dusk with several customers waiting on their orders.
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