What will happen to the last Piccadilly in Florida? Changes for beloved gathering spot
How big was Piccadilly Cafeteria? Bigger than the chain’s hunk of coconut cream pie.
Ask your grandmother.
Piccadilly opened in Baton Rouge in 1932 with one cafeteria and swelled to more than 270 dotting Gulf Coast states when the company gobbled up competitor Morrison’s Cafeterias in 1998. The merger ended in bankruptcy, leaving 41 locations by 2003.
That number is now down to 30, with Piccadilly sites spread across Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia. And in Florida, as of October, there’s just one remaining Piccadilly to get the Southern-cooking comfort food — and the cafeteria culture that doubles as a community center.
FLORIDA’S LAST PICCADILLY
Florida was down to two Piccadilly cafeterias until the Sept. 26 closing of the location in Jacksonville after more than 50 years. The lone survivor in Florida is at 4500 Hollywood Blvd. in Broward County, between Interstate 95 and Florida’s Turnpike.