Last-minute deal may keep Greenville's Clock diner open - FOX Carolina 21

Last-minute deal may keep Greenville's Clock diner open

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The blue cubed sign featuring a clock at the Clock Drive-In is seen under a clear sky. (March 13, 2013/FOX Carolina) 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) -

Time may not be up for a diner that has called a Greenville corner home for nearly 60 years.

George Madeckas, one of the owners of the Clock Drive-In, told FOX Carolina on March 13 that 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 landlord also confirmed to FOX Carolina's Adrian Acosta that an increase in the rent was planned.

The restaurant, which first opened within a stone's throw of Bob Jones University on June 7, 1953, was set to close on March 31, according to Madeckas.

As late as Saturday, the restaurant was still scheduled to close, according to FOX Carolina's Nikki Davidson.

Patrons flocked to the restaurant after word of the closure. In fact, so many people stopped by the diner Saturday, the restaurant sold out of food, Davidson reported.

Former employee Johnny Burnside, who worked at the Clock for 25 years, came back Saturday to take some last orders and say goodbye to the customers he now calls friends.

"I guess after this I won't see them no more," said Burnside.

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 couple now lives 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."

On Monday, Madeckas said he may have worked out a deal with the landlord, which would allow the iconic restaurant to remain open. He said a decision on the deal is not definite, but that the restaurant would remain open until that decision is made.

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