Local restaurant turns 50 years old


Rocky River Springs Fish House just completed 50 years of serving customers some of the best seafood in the area.  The restaurant is located in the Aquadale community of Stanly County, between Norwood and Oakboro.

After 50 years, the restaurant is still owned and operated by the same family.  In June of 1968, Vaughn and Annie Belle Swaringen, along with their son-in-law and daughter, Kermit and Noreta Efird, opened the restaurant.  Co-owners, and workers for over 45 years, Don & Diane Swaringen recently retired from the restaurant. Today, the business continues to be run by Noreta, and her son, Stan Efird.  Original recipes for the hushpuppies, slaw and seafood breading continue to be used after 50 years. As in the beginning, the majority of the workers continue to be family-related.

November 2018 will mark the 10th consecutive year that Rocky River Springs Fish House will honor veterans and current military personnel by providing them a free meal.  The meal is given the 2nd Sunday of November to commemorate Veteran’s Day. Over 1,200 meals have been provided for Veterans over the past 9 years.

In 2014, the restaurant was chosen by Time Warner Cable to be promoted nation-wide as an example of a successful small business that uses Time Warner Business Class Services.



Rocky River Springs Fish House is open Thursdays thru Sunday for dinner only.  They open at 3:30 pm each of those days. Closing time is 8:30 pm on Thursdays and Sundays, and 9:00 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.  Their address is 33850 Rocky River Springs Road, Norwood NC. Visit their website, www.thickfish.com or call 704-474-3052 for more information.

They invite you to come down and enjoy their delicious seafood.