Friday, July 20, 2012
Lamar Iszard has been selling fish and chips for 40 years.
Thanks to its reputation, Lamar Fish and Chips pulls in people from near and far.
Folks come from California, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and New York to get Lamar’s fish and chips.
On Saturday, Lamar’s held an appreciation day for its customers.
Free fish, shrimp, French fries, ice tea, and red velvet cake was given, and a prize bag to the children.
People lined up outside waiting to get into the celebration.
The Rev. Barbara Nelson of Arnett AME Church opened the celebration with prayer and a scripture.
“Lamar had to cross many stumbling blocks to make it to 40 years,” Nelson said.
Iszard stood before the guests and thanked them for supporting the business for 40 years.
“In 1972 I told my wife, Linda, that we were going to show Georgetown what two young people can do.”
“Young people if you want to do something take the Lord with you,” said Iszard.
Georgetown County Clerk of Court Alma White, County Councilwoman Lillie Jean Johnson, and City Councilman Rudolph Bradley attended the celebration.
“I think Lamar has served the community very well over the past decade.”
“As a child I remember his father had a fish market on Church Street.”
“He’s been a real economic base for this community.”
“I’m glad to be here to celebrate and hope he stays in business another 40 years,” added White.
Bertha Smith said she has been coming to Lamar’s for the entire 40 years.
“The fish is always good and that’s why I’m still coming.”
Iszard credits the success of his food to consistency.
“People want consistency. Because I do all the cooking you get that same consistency. The grits are the same for the last 40 years,” said Iszard.
As a boy, Iszard worked in his father’s fish market, Iszard’s Fish and Oyster, on Church Street. It opened in 1954.
As a young man he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and during his service he traveled to England and noticed people eating fish and chips served on newspaper.
He came up with the idea to open up a seafood restaurant once he returned home.
He and his wife opened Lamar’s Fish and Chips in 1972 after the death of his father.
Lamar’s Fish and Chips on Merriman Road is a place where locals, businessmen and steel workers gather at lunch and where where Georgetonians come home to reminisce and socialize.
Iszard was 23 when he opened Lamar’s. In the past 40 years he has endured a lot of pain and grief.
His first wife died, and his only child, Michael, died on Dec. 31, 2010.
“I’ve been through a lot but with the help of the Lord I’m still going on,” Iszard said.
Iszard is a trustee at Arnett AME church, is married to Annie Cooper Iszard, and has a 12-year-old grandson, Damar Iszard.
“Hopefully in years to come Damar may take over the business one day and thank you Georgetown for 40 years.”
Lamar’s Fish and Chips is open Monday through Saturday.
By Rounette Johnson
For The Times
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