On any Friday or Saturday evening in the summer, The Suds Drive-In at 350 Market Plaza in Greenwood is a nostalgic throwback to cruisin’ and drive-in diners from the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.
The Suds in Greenwood was originally opened as ‘Dog-N-Suds,’ part of the drive-in diner franchise in 1957. In the day, the drive-in chain was famous for their car-hop service, hot-dogs and tasty root beer. The chain hit its peak in 1968 along with more than 650 drive-ins across the Midwest.
The Dog-N-Suds corporation was then sold a couple times in the 1970’s and 80’s and finally disbanded. In 1983, the Greenwood Dog-N-Suds independently became ‘The Suds’, which it’s still named today.
During the summer months, The Suds drive-in diner has continually hosted hot-rodders from central Indy and beyond every weekend. It’s been in the same location in Market Plaza for 62 years and has plenty of space for all the customized cars and hot-rods to park while others slowly cruise by the diner.
The cruising atmosphere is still very much alive and almost every weekend is a car show in itself. While many come just to walk around and admire all the beautiful machines, others come for the full dinner experience of pulling up in their car to the drive-in menu or walking up to sit at a table along the road to watch the cars cruise by.
The building is still the original drive-in diner restaurant from 1957 with lots of fluorescent lighting and signage, pull-up car menus and plenty of patio tables to sit and enjoy a meal. The menu reflects its nostalgic roots featuring hot dogs and burgers with onion-rings and fries. However, there’s a great variety of pulled-pork, tenderloins, chicken-wings and ribs as well.
After all these years, a Friday or Saturday summer evening at The Suds is still an enjoyable evening to be had by all, from the young to old.