August 18th Clemson Historic Picture Of The Day

Food, Clemson, and the 1970’s

(Photos Uploaded By Alan Cutts)

Today’s photos are from the 1970’s and show two different restaurants in the Clemson area that fed the hungry for many years. The above photo is of Chanelo’s Pizza.
Chanelo’s Pizza was a dine-in parlor located between Tiger Town Tavern and Mr. Knickerbockers that also included a game room. This had previously been the location of Harper’s Store. The eatery was known locally for its on-campus delivery service.
One of its more requested sandwiches was called the Vesuvian. It consisted of a freshly made sub roll with an elongated ground beef patty covered in shredded lettuce, tomato, mayo, and mustard.
Chanelo’s was opened in the winter of 1975 by Herb Channell, who closed the Clemson store in the early 90's when he began having health problems. His daughter operates a Chanelo’s in Pickens, South Carolina using the same family recipes.
The Chanelo’s of Pickens has been open since February of 2000. Herb’s store slogan was “Nothing Beatsa Chanelo’s Pizza”. In the late 1970's, another slogan, “Had a piece lately?” was used until Mr. Channell’s “religious revival” convinced him to change it to “Had a pizza lately?”
Yet another sophomoric slogan was used to market a Tuesday night special aimed at increasing sales. The promotion gave the customer one free extra meat topping for each meat topping they purchased at regular price. It was marketed as the “You Can’t Beat Our Meat Special!”
The below photo is of Miles and Crenshaw Restaurant in Pendleton. Miles & Crenshaw Restaurant & Cafeteria was a popular family restaurant located on North Mechanic Street on the square in Pendleton, South Carolina, in the 1970s and 1980s. It was called “clean jaws” by many of the students that had cars and could drive to Pendleton to eat there.

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Originally published at on August 18, 2015.