Chesnee, SC Photos and info courtesy Richard Weiss
Although the Bantam Chef advertises "50's style", other than for 50's memorabilia on the walls and 1950's style tables and chairs, the dark wood paneling and super plain order board made me think more of the 70's.
I ordered the "Eagle" which was a combination of a large "Dan friendly" burger, a mountain of fries and a drink named after the local school team, all for less than a Big Mac meal. Offered also was "The Studebaker" which was a double burger for a buck more and the Bantam burger, the smallest on the menu, named I suppose for the tiny Bantam car produced in the 1930's.
I am not sure how the name Bantam works with the Studebaker on the sign but the side of the building that resembles an old Mobil gas station houses a small automobilia collection including the Studebaker pictured on the sign (and a Studebaker wagon) but no Bantam. If you are planning on visiting the Cowpens National Battlefield make sure to drop by the Bantam Chef in Chesnee, SC. 02-08
Bantam Chef lettering Photo courtesy Richard Weiss
Mobil Gas looking side of building Photo courtesy Richard Weiss
The whole Bantam Chef building Photo courtesy Richard Weiss
Pete's No. 6
Easley, SC Photos and info courtesy Richard Weiss
In the town of Easley I found Pete's Number 6. This place was extremely popular. I have no idea if there is a Number one through 5. The drive-in awnings are still intact, though no car hops. 03-08
(Far left) The neon marquee for Pete's No. 8
(Near left) A shot of the sign and drive-in
Here are some neon photos of the Dairy Queen building found in Salisbury, NC. These shots showing the neon fully working were taken in the fall of 2007. 05-08