The blue cubed sign featuring a clock at the Clock Drive-In is seen under a clear sky. (March 13, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
After serving up delicious food for nearly 60 years, the Clock Drive-In will close at the end of March.
George Madeckas, one of the owners of the restaurant, said the cost of rent recently was increased, and he can no longer afford to operate on the property at the intersection of Wade Hampton Boulevard and North Pleasantburg Drive.
The restaurant, which first opened within a stone's throw of Bob Jones University on June 7, 1953, will close on March 31, according to Madeckas.
Madeckas said he's grateful to the community for all its support of the eatery over the years.
It may not be the end of the diner, however. Madeckas said he hopes to reopen in a new location soon.
While a new location may soften the news, some diners say it just won't be the same because their memories are tied to both the food and location.
Michael and Rita Corbin said the Clock has been a fixture in their lives for more than 40 years. They ate there when they started dating in junior high school and the tradition has not faded since.
The Corbins now live in Charlotte but said they make the 90-plus mile trip once or twice a month to chow down at their favorite hangout.
"If they move that's going to be like losing a best friend; that's just sad," the Corbins said. "We're going to miss it, we really are."
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