Beacon Drive-In to be featured on Travel Channel


Spartanburg’s landmark restaurant “The Beacon Drive-In” will be the subject of another national television show.

The sign out front says, “Welcome Travel Channel May 14”.

Beacon owner Mark McManus tells 7News that the Travel Channel will record an episode of
“Food Paradise”.

The TV crew plans to start getting video around 2 p.m. or 3 p.m., and will interview customers starting at 5 p.m.

McManus says the restaurant will close early that day to allow the crew into the kitchen.

The Beacon has been in business since 1946 and is known for its Chili-Cheese A-Plenty, which is a chili cheeseburger buried under a pile of onion rings and french fries. The restaurant also claims to sell more tea than any other single restaurant in the U.S.A. 

The restaurant has also been an important campaign stop for Presidential candidates and other politicians for decades.

The Beacon has also been featured on the Food Network’s ‘Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives’, and the CBS News segment “On the Road with Charles Kuralt”.

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