TD's

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339 College Ave
Clemson, SC 29631
654-3656


TD's is one of the two traditional big bars in Clemson, the other one being Tiger Town Tavern. TD's is located at the corner of College Avenue and Highway 93 sandwiched between Subway and the Griffin's. TD's also serves as a restaurant, having a famous Buck Burger night on Wednesdays where hamburgers are only $1 apiece. Dance parties are usually held on Thursday nights with a DJ and Karaoke is usually held on Tuesday nights.

Several specials are available including the Miller Special. It's $3.50 for a burger, fries and draft beer (or Coke) every night from 4:30 till the grill closes. Bring a pen, sharpie, or pocketknife with you to graffiti any available surface in the bar. Everyone else has.

History[edit]

This corner has a long history of restaurant-hood. Early on it was the College Cafe. In 1952 Dan 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. After a fire in 1965, Dan was set-up cooking burgers on the sidewalk outside the next day. Dan Gentry passed away in late January 1971, and his business was sold. After this Clemson landmark closed, it became the Tiger Paw Restaurant and served boxed chicken lunches for awhile but soon the kitchen closed and it was strictly a bar with a dance floor. Too many minors nabbed by ABC agents inside saw the loss of the Tiger Paw's license around 1976. This cleared the way for The Bookstore which featured a live deejay for the disco era in downtown Clemson. Students could honestly tell their parents that they were spending time at the bookstore!

When The Bookstore closed, the place was remodeled into Strawberry's Restaurant, which held forth for several years in the early to mid 1980's. In 1986 and part of 1987 it was a bar/restaurant called Lester's Burgers & Spirits. Finally, Timbo and Dewey took it over and remade it as TD's.

As of the winter of 2008-2009, Dewey Browne has sold his interest in the business to Mike Collins, who is now the proprietor.

TD's in popular culture[edit]

In the 1974-released Burt Lancaster movie The Midnight Man which was filmed at Clemson, and in Anderson and Pickens Counties in 1973, a reverse angle shot at the edge of Bowman Field early in the picture as Lancaster's character gets off a Continental Trailways Silver Eagle 01 bus at "Jordan College" shows Dan's Restaurant in the background across the Old Greenville Highway. Actually, Clemson was served by Greyhound and the Welborn Bus Service.

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