Sixty years ago, a move and
three expansions later, the Beacon Drive-In, located at 255 John B. White, Sr. Blvd., Spartanburg, SC, has become a regional
landmark, a Carolina tradition, and ranks as the second largest
drive-in restaurant in the US.
The Beacon stands for
old-fashioned things...God, country, family, friends, children, and
a decent meal at a fair price.
The Beacon's fame is bound more in
tradition...a sort of nostalgic mystique. J.C. will greet you
at the counter with "Talk" and "Walk".
Using his own recipes, John White
opened the Beacon on Thanksgiving Day in 1946 following World War
II. Personally manning the cash register along with his sons
for more than 50 years, John has become a true legend whose
and caring spirit have
made him one of Spartanburg county's best known citizens.
On May 1, 1998, following John's
most deserved retirement, the Beacon continues to be owned and
operated by a local family. Sam Maw and Steve McManus,
brothers-in-law, have a combined 58 years of food service
experience. They, along with the Operating Management team: Kenny
Church, General Manager, Sam Maw, Mark McManus and Steve Duncan share John's
love for the Beacon and his passion for serving customers and the
Open six days a week at 6:30 am,
closed on Sundays, 52 weeks per year, the Beacon serves 1,000,000
customers of all cultures, nationalities, ages, and economic classes
The Beacon's large menu includes
sandwiches, side orders, plates, seafood, desserts, breakfast biscuits, and features an entire
selection of "a-plenty" dishes served with french fried
potatoes and onion rings such as beef a-plenty, and chili-cheese
The Beacon is the tea kingpin
serving more tea than any other restaurant in the world.
Many of the restaurant's more than
60 employees are long-term veterans of the Beacon, some with more
than 50 years of service.
In June 1999, the Beacon Drive-In
expanded to create "The Beacon Dairy Bar" offering more
than 20 flavors of delicious ice cream supplied by Pet Dairy.
Also favorites of our customers are the Beacon shakes, malts, and
the Pig's Dinner. Dairy Bar
Reidville Road was renamed John B.
White, Sr. Boulevard in 1999.
The Beacon uses the following
items in preparing its meals:
* Three tons of onions per week
* Three tons of potatoes per week
* Four tons of beef, chicken, and seafood per week
The Beacon is the largest single
seller of iced tea in the U.S. We go through 3,000 pounds of
sugar per week making 62,500 gallons per year (that's enough to fill
24 tanker trucks)!
In 2001, The Beacon Introduced its
Iced Tea to the retail market, and now sells its Tea from Virginia to
Louisiana. Iced Tea
Our dining rooms seat 350 people.
We can accommodate groups up to 100 in one room.
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Lighthouse logo and Beacon Iced Tea logo are registered trademarks of
The Beacon Drive-in/Beacon Foods
255 John B. White, Sr. Boulevard - Spartanburg SC 29306