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Saturday, April 14, 2012

April 14th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Dan’s Sandwich Show In Clemson-Part I

(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today, we will post a series of pictures Dan's Sandwich Shop, focusing on the 1950’s in Part I. In Part II posted Sunday, we will post additional pictures of Dan’s Sandwich Shop from the 1960’s.

Dan's Restaurant (aka Dan's Sandwich Shop) was a twenty-year fixture at the intersection of Old Greenville Highway and College Avenue, occupying the space now home to TD's.

The Rudolph E. Lee-designed building had been erected by the Sloan family after the original wood building burned in 1925.

Dan Gentry was the original owner of the trolley car diner on Pendleton Road that is now Mac's Drive-In. Gentry broke out on his own, opening Dan’s and starting his own Clemson tradition.

Dan’s Sandwich Shop may best be known for the pictures that adorned the walls of the restaurant. Clemson athletes, especially football players, made it to the “big time” if Dan would place their photo on the wall in the restaurant.

This corner where Dan’s Restaurant was located has a long history of restaurant-hood. Early on it was the College Cafe. In 1952, Gentry opened Dan’s Restaurant directly across from the town's post office and served hamburgers. "Judge" Keller would walk up from his store for lunch there.

Of all of the restaurants and old pictures I post, Dan’s seems to draw the most love from Tiger Alumni.

(Note: If you have old pictures dating before 1990 that are Clemson related and you would like to share them, send them to me in an email with as much information about the picture as you can give and I will use it for a future “Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day”).

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