The Beacon Drive-In Restaurant ranks as the second largest drive-in restaurant in the nation, making it a regional landmark and local tradition.
It was opened 60 years ago by Spartanburg icon John White. He used his own recipes and ran the restaurant with his sons for over 50 years. In 1998, White retired and the business is now owned and operated by another local family, who continue the Beacon tradition of great food and customer service.
The restaurant is the largest single seller of sweet tea in the nation using 3,000 pounds of sugar per week, for a total of 62,500 gallons each year! Many thanks to Jenny Welch of James Island who took this picture in October 2010 – and who LOVES sweet tea!