Greenville, SC

Iconic South Carolina Restaurant to Permanently Close

The Lantern

The last few years have been tough on food establishments with the Covid-19 pandemic. The Lantern has announced countless restaurant closings across South Carolina in 2023. Unfortunately, another popular eatery will close its doors eighty years after it first opened. Many may be familiar with the famous, iconic big orange sign on South Pleasantburg Drive near the old McAlister Square and Greenville Tech in Greenville, South Carolina. News broke online earlier this week announcing the closure, which left many shocked, with support pouring in for the longtime business. John Allen Zeller posted on Facebook, “Christmas 2023 will bring to a finale the 80 years of Tanner’s Big Orange serving Holiday punch to Greenville.” Jackie Waldrop commented on the same post, “Guess you will be staying home now, John. Hate that the icon is closing down. It will always be remembered as the best place in town to sit in Main Street or under the canopy and have a sandwich and an orange juice.”
Tanner's Big Orange sign.Photo byJohn G Clark Jr

Tanner’s Big Orange opened its doors on Main Street in 1943 and is the oldest continually serving restaurant in Greenville. John Zeller took over the business from his father more than twenty-five years ago. The closing of the popular fast-food restaurant leaves a void in the community. Danny Farr said online, “Such a shame to see it go.” And replied to John Zeller's comment with, “I can’t believe it wasn’t passed on to another family member or sold to somebody who would keep it going another 80 years.”
Tanner's Big Orange.Photo byJohn G Clark Jr

Tanner’s Big Orange will be missed once it closes, but you still have time to stop in and enjoy their food.

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