After being open for only about one year, Geni and L.J. Gunter’s Red Shed Diner and Produce in Graniteville has already been spotlighted as one of the best smalltown eateries in the state.
The shop was recently featured in S.C. Traveler Newsletter, a publication highlighting unique places and hidden gems in South Carolina.
Geni said the diner has seen a steady increase in popularity over the last few months, especially with the growing demand for her meatloaf sandwich.
“We’ve grown so fast down here, it’s been pretty crazy, but I’m thankful for it,” she said.
The shop’s meatloaf sandwich was featured in the newsletter as one of the best dishes available in any of the state’s small towns.
“Everybody kept coming in wanting a hamburger and I thought, ‘shoot, I can make meatloaf.’ So I made meatloaf one Friday for dinner, and it was a hit,” she said, “Then I thought, ‘well, with what I had left over, I could make a sandwich with it.’ So I did, and it kind of went from there.”
The diner also features a dish called “angry meatloaf,” a twist on the original meal.
“We put jalapeno ketchup and pepper jack cheese on it. That is one of our absolute biggest sellers,” she added.
Despite seeing more new customers, the shop continues to have a small town feel, although Geni noted she hopes to expand the kitchen in the near future.
“We’re really small. I have seating for at tops 30 people,” she said, explaining the diner had customers lining up outside the doors last Friday.
The restaurant, which also features other sandwiches as well as soups and desserts, is open Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays to Fridays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information about the diner, located at 212 Ascauga Lake Road, call 803-663-0584.
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