Guthrie's Golden Fried Chicken Fingers

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Guthrie's Golden Fried Chicken Fingers was a stand-alone fast food business located on Tiger Boulevard across from the Clemson train station/Chamber of Commerce. This was the original Clemson location of Kentucky Fried Chicken in the 1970s. The sign in front proclaims that the business has existed since 1965, but certainly not in Clemson... This location opened September 19, 2008. The business closed at Christmas time 2009, and the building is being remodelled in late January 2010 in Miami Subs Pizza and Grille.

From the corporate website[edit]

Hal Guthrie opened the first restaurant to bear the Guthrie family name as a full service restaurant in Haleyville, Alabama in 1965. In 1978, Hal added the famous Guthrie’s chicken fingers to the menu complemented by the “Original Famous Sauce” created by Hud Guthrie at the age of 10. The sauce creation was the result of a family contest between the Guthrie children to enhance the chicken fingers at the family restaurant. The original sauce is made exactly the same today as it was in 1978.

Hal’s oldest son, Chris Guthrie, talked his dad into opening a restaurant in Auburn, Alabama in 1982. Hal and Chris contemplated ways to speed production. Alas, the idea of serving chicken fingers as the only entrée emerged! The implementation of this unique concept made Guthrie’s “The Original Chicken Finger Specialist.”

Two years later Hal and Chris opened Guthrie’s of Athens, the second restaurant specializing in chicken fingers. The Guthrie family, Hal, Melissa, Chris, Hud, Joe Kelly and Anna Margaret opened many other stores across the South.

Guthrie’s began franchising in 2005. As of this writing there are over 50 Guthrie’s in operation. Many more franchise’s have been sold and will be opening soon. The Guthrie family appreciates your business and looks forward to serving you the Best Chicken Fingers in the World.

Guthrie's has opened stores in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and Tennessee, but the Clemson location is/was the only one in South Carolina.


Offering a basic chicken menu and subordinate side items, the business never seemed to develop any large-scale following but profited by having low overhead. Open through the 2009 football season, it posted signs in December that it was closing for the holidays, and never reopened. As of Friday, January 15, 2010, there was no sign of it reopening. Turns out that the manager was approached with a better offer to a buy-out by the new occupants, Miami Subs, that he couldn't refuse.

At the end of January, remodelling by a new occupant was underway. The Guthrie's signs came down in early March 2010.


Guthrie's Golden Fried Chicken Fingers
1106 Tiger Boulevard
Clemson, South Carolina 29631

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