Upstate Restaurants Become Staple For Candidates

South Carolina is now in the spotlight as the next primary for the presidential candidates, that means local favorites will be busier than ever.

Tommy’s Ham House in Greenville and the Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg are two stops you’ll see on almost every candidate’s list from senators to those running for president.

Tommy Stevenson owns Tommy’s Ham House and says their first candidate was George W. Bush in 2000, and since then it’s snowballed into a major stop.

Many candidates like the restaurant because it can serve upwards of 300 people at a time. The same with the Beacon.

Co-Owner Karen Harwell has fond memories of candidates stopping in, including George W. Bush, who she took a picture with.

Harwell believes candidates like the restaurant because they can talk to everyday folks when they come to eat.

No matter which place you stop in, know that they’re extremely proud of the locals that fill their booths everyday.

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